Reclaimed Wood Signs for St. Patrick's Day

In an attempt to save money and to stay out of the stores, I sometimes recycle my projects. Yes, I said it. A project that didn't sell or I didn't love, or I am just tired of gets pulled apart, cut apart, and used again! 

lucky signs with shamrocks and bows

That was the case with this bakery sign I made many years ago. 

I had it hung on the wall in my kitchen for years and then I got tired of looking at it. 

It was tossed into the pile of questionable ideas in my basement. 

Until I need the wood. 

Today I grabbed the sign and cut a couple of square boards out of the recycled sign. 

wooden boards painted with fusion mineral paint

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The evidence of my recycled project can be found on the back of these signs at the bottom of this post. 

I began by painting the wooden squares with Fusion Mineral Paint in "Upper Canada" green

boards painted with green fusion mineral paint

I gave them one quick coat. 

Next, using an inexpensive shamrock stencil, I stenciled the inside of the shamrock on one board and the outside of the stencil on the other. 

I have since learned this shamrock is technically a clover because it has 4 leaves. 🍀

shamrock stencil

Then I used an electric sander to distress the edges of the boards. 

Next, I used a stain cloth to stain the signs and let it dry, these are so easy to use! 

distressed shamrock signs

Now it was time for the image, I printed out the word LUCKY in both cursive and manuscript. 

I scribbled on the back of the print-outs then traced over the letters so the image came out on my sign.

lucky print out on wooden board


I used a Sharpie paint marker to go over my design, be sure to use an oil based paint marker or your design will smear when you seal it. 

lucky distressed signs with beaded hanger

I drilled holes in the top of the sign to insert a bead and a length of curly rebar wire. 

Finally I sealed the signs with a spray matte sealer

lucky signs with bows and wire hangers

I added a bow using scraps of ribbon I had around the house. 

cursive lucky sign with bow and wire hanger

The look is very distressed which is what I was looking for from reclaimed wood. 

lucky sign with a bow and a wire hanger

I hung one in a wreath for the front door. 

These signs are available in the Homeroad/Etsy Shop! 

lucky sign hanging on a wreath

Have fun with this project, it is messy and distressed and that is the fun part! 

The secret to my reclaimed wooden signs can be found on the back! 😂

back of reclaimed wood signs showing letters from BAKERY sign

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front door with hanging wreath


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. .