How to Paint a Canvas Open Sign

When I opened a new room at the antique store, to celebrate I created a canvas open sign for my room.

open sign on a wooden hanger

Business was booming and I moved from a little nook in the wall to a full fledged room.

I thought a vintage looking open sign would be adorable.

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1. I began with a length of drop cloth fabric

The size of the fabric you will need will depend on your needs. 

I used a piece of fabric that was the width of a wooden hanger and about 3' long.

No need to hem the fabric, the frayed look is best! 

frayed canvas with painted open letters

2. I painted the fabric with Chalky Paint.

The color is up to you, just give it several coats and let it dry between coats. 

3. The stencil.

In the morning when the paint was dry, I traced fun lettering in a font called Showboat onto the canvas then colored it in with a Sharpie paint marker.

I printed out the lettering on my computer then using carbon paper between the paper and the canvas, traced the lettering onto the canvas.

Length of painted canvas with OPEN painted on it

4. The hanger...

The finished sign hung from a vintage hanger and announced to all that my new little room was OPEN!

I just looped the top of the canvas over the bar in the hanger and hot glued it from the back. 

open sign on canvas with pin words on photo

Love it? Take a look at the American Flag hanging canvas sign too! 

Funny story... I was out shopping in a little shop near my house recently and I saw the same sign on the door of a shop, someone liked it enough to make the same one for their shop!

canvas open sign pinterest pin

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. Adorable! I can't wait to visit your new room!!

  2. Love the sign, Susan! Good luck on the new room!

  3. Great sign! Good luck in your new venture! Make lots of sells ; )

  4. Love it! Can't wait to see your new space. Trying to get there one weekend. Maybe Aug 3rd.


  5. What a great job you did on your sign. Love it!

    Good luck on the move.


  6. loving the sign Susan! You did a great job with the sharpie!


  7. Great sign. I love the wooden hanger. So happy your your business is booming. Wish I was close :-)

    Have a happy weekend!
    ~ Sherri

  8. It turned out wonderful, Susan! I'm so glad to hear how well your business is doing! Thanks for sharing this at the VIP party - I'm giving you a shout out on FB tomorrow -

  9. Susan, this sign is great and your success at Suite Pieces is wonderful!
    Adina @ Simply Country Life

  10. What a fun and creative idea! Congratulations on your new and larger room, this will sure bring the customers in!

  11. Love the font! What is it called?

  12. Beautiful sign! How did you trace the lettering onto the canvas??

    1. Hi Molly I used a piece of carbon paper under the printed letters then painted in the lines :)

  13. I love how you took something simple, and made something great! Happy 4th of July weekend to all.

  14. Beautiful! Inspired me to make similar one for my friend for her vintage shop in NC. What size of the sign and letters? Thank you.

    1. Hi! The letters are about 4" tall. I'm not sure how large the sign is because it sold. I believe about 18" long? Enjoy, I loved it!


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