DIY Inspirational Quote Sign

The weekend is here, the weekend is here! I've been waiting with bated breath for the work week to be over so I can work on my patio again. My weekends include Fridays so today I painted the laundry room door and the porch railing and I'll be sharing that real soon.

Until then I have another project to share. I finished up a little decor project... also for the patio.

DIY Inspirational Quote Sign

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I love this quote and it seems so perfect for outdoor decor don't you think?! You can buy this quote on Etsy to print out but since mine was going to be outside I didn't think the paper would be a good choice (even if the patio is covered) so I decided to paint my own and I'll show you how to make your own too!

Supplies Needed to make your own!
  • Board (if you don't have an old one you can purchase one HERE or at your local lumber yard)
  • Wood strips to make a frame (optional)
  • Wood glue
  • Chalk Paint (I used Waverly)
  • Craft Paint in the color of your choice for the quote
  • Transfer Paper

I had this old piece of wood lying around, I think it's an old shelf... it was here when I bought the house.

It came in handy to use as a wheelbarrow ramp for hauling loads of rocks up over the concrete edging in my yard 😁 But I was actually saving it because I thought it could serve a better purpose... as a sign!!

DIY Inspirational Quote Sign

If you have one large board (like I did) cut it into two pieces the size you want your signs to be (If you are purchasing at a Lowe's or Home Depot many stores will cut to your measurements for free!) I cut mine exactly in half and sanded it to make my two signboards.

DIY Inspirational Quote Sign

Print your chosen quote in the font and size you want. I used Microsoft Word to print mine. Alternatively, you could use a stencil or precut vinyl quote.

DIY Inspirational Quote Sign

I picked up some Waverly Inspirations Chalk paint at Walmart a while back and decided to use it for this project.

DIY Inspirational Quote Sign

DIY Inspirational Quote Sign

Use the transfer paper to transfer the words to the boards (lay the transfer paper face down, place the pattern on top, and trace over it with a pencil or other pointy object, the pattern will be transferred onto the wood) and then use black craft paint to paint them.

Warning... if you choose a very straight lined font like I did it's going to be more difficult to paint straight letters like these. I think it turned out OK though. You could use a Sharpie marker or paint pen instead.

DIY Inspirational Quote Sign

I bought some wood strips from Lowe's to make my frames, I found it in the trim section where they have the molding and trim pieces.

To make frames like mine, measure and cut two pieces the length of your sign, use wood glue and brad nails to attach. Then measure and cut two pieces the width of your sign (include the two side pieces you just attached in that measurement) and attach them in the same manner.

DIY Inspirational Quote Sign

I made the frames like little boxes around the signs, if you lay them down flat they are like shallow trays.

DIY Inspirational Quote Sign

And they are flush on the back.

DIY Inspirational Quote Sign

I'm pretty pleased with how these turned out (crooked letters and all!)

DIY Inspirational Quote Sign

I can't wait to get these hung up outside and work on some more projects I have in mind.

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What's to come...
  • More Seating
  • Coffee table and/or side table
  • Plants
  • Lighting
  • Decor