Rustic Christmas Sign from Reclaimed Wood

Sometimes an idea comes to me because I've found something interesting then the wheels start turning! 

Today's project was simply because I had extra stencils from another project and I found a board. 

An old chippy board from an outdoor project that had spent the summer outdoors was perfect for this chippy Christmas sign.

Take a look...


Rustic Christmas sign

When my husband found this board during his outdoor clean-up I think he knew I'd make great use of it! 

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A few years ago I made a bunch of outdoor furniture using pressure treated 1x3's and I guess this was an extra piece.

outdoor potting bench

The summer weather did a great job of distressing this board so all I really needed to do was to give the top a quick and rough coat of white paint. I say rough because I was not careful to cover the whole thing and I left the edges natural. 

The stencils were leftover from this Christmas sign. I made 2 sets with my Cricut Joy and used one for the sign and now had these. 

red vinyl stencil

I laid the stencil on the white painted board and stenciled with black craft paint. 

stencil on board

I left out the "I" in Christmas to stencil a small tree using a set of inexpensive stencils I had on hand. I stenciled a few more trees around the edges of the sign using a beautiful green called Bayberry by Fusion Mineral Paint. 

Christmas tree stenciled on sign

I wasn't careful about placement because at this point I wanted it to look really rustic.

sign with green trees


When the paint dried I sanded the edges lightly across the top of the sign to distress it even more. 

christmas sign with distressing

I used Transitions Decorative Glaze as a stain over the top, just paint it on and wipe it off. This my all time favorite stain and antiquing gel. 

Christmas signs

The other sign in the photo is the one I originally cut the letters for. You can read all about that grungy Christmas sign here.

Christmas sign with pinecones

That's all it took to turn the old board my husband found into a rustic and heavily distressed sign for our Christmas home. 

christmas sign and lanterns on mantel

Check out the large lantern project here. 

I hope you'll think about repurposing reclaimed wood you might find in your yard or on a morning walk. See what other fun projects I've made from what I found! 

Christmas sign on mantel


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christmas sign on wood burning stove with overlay


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The rusty bells below were another DIY project you can make! 

rustic sign and 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. .