Wood signs are the hottest new decorating trend and one that I love dearly. Nothing says rustic farmhouse like a wood sign, right? There are so many options when it comes to decorating with rustic wood signs, too. Whether you’re looking for something for the living or dining room, kitchen, or even the front porch, chances are there’s a great rustic wood sign that will fit the bill. And, wouldn’t you know it – I’ve got a nice little collection of sign ideas to get you started on this great new trend.
You can find these wooden signs at most home stores and high end department stores and let me tell you, they’re not cheap. I’ve seen some that run hundreds of dollars. Then again, we’re all DIYers right? We’d rather make our own great rustic décor than spend hundreds buying something that was mass produced, so I’ve got a nice little collection of signs that you can make to add that great rustic look to any room. If you have a few old boards or better yet, some pallets, you have just about everything you need to get started. Pallets are great for these - and you know how much I love my pallet projects. Just check out these 35 DIY pallet projects.
Many stores will give you old wooden pallets just to get them out of the way so check with your local establishments to see if you can get your hands on a few for free. If not, you can buy them from many home improvement stores and they don’t charge much for them or you can check with a local pallet mill. Pallets are perfect for creating that wonderfully rustic farmhouse look – which you can also totally get from any of these 55 DIY farmhouse furniture and décor ideas.
If you can’t get your hands on pallets or rustic wood and you still want the look, you can use steel wool soaked in white vinegar to treat new wood. This is a neat little trick that uses strong black tea and vinegar that has been infused with the rust from old steel wool. It makes brand new wood planks look wonderfully aged. So, whether you have old wood or you’re going to age your own, here’s a look at some great ideas for incorporating rustic wooden signs into your décor.
26. DIY Reclaimed Wood Rope Sign
27. DIY Distressed Woodland Sign
“Let It Snow” may not be your favorite phrase but it may just be your favorite holiday decoration when you make this sign. On distressed wood, it has your Christmas message painted in white and is embellished with twine.
28. Three Dimensional DIY Holiday Sign
Here’s another wonderful holiday sign made from reclaimed pallet wood. You just have to treat your wood – if you want – and then add JOY or whatever other holiday message you want. Cut the letters out of wood – or buy wooden letters from the Dollar Store – and glue on for a great 3-D effect.
29. Wooden Colorful Cabin Rules Sign
I want this sign for my living room! It’s great with multiple colors on small planks of wood and it’s framed in a beautiful cedar looking frame. This is perfect for your living room or entry – even if you don’t live in a log cabin. You can get it on Etsy for under $35.
30. DIY Rustic Anniversary Wood Sign
The sheer creativity of this anniversary sign just blows me away. It’s not your traditional anniversary announcement – it’s done in topography and it’s simply adorable. You can do this one by painting with chalk paint over distressed wood planks.
31. Framed Wood Plank Gather Sign
This little sign is in a beautiful wooden frame and it’s perfect for the dining room or kitchen – wherever your family tends to gather. The backing is painted black so that the white lettering stands out but you could leave the wood planks natural and just paint in a color that will stand out.
32. DIY Rustic Key To My Heart Sign
How adorable is this sign? It’s a rustic wood sign with a large key – the key to your heart! I love how simple and yet amazing this one is. You just need distressed wood and a metal key – which you can get from craft stores or thrift shops.
33. Easy DIY Holiday Signs
You have three different signs here that you can make for the holidays. Each of them is done on reclaimed wood and they are all so colorful and festive! Choose one or make them all and give your home that great farmhouse decorated style for Christmas.
34. DIY Stenciled Pallet Parking Signs
These reclaimed pallet signs are great and they’re perfect for adding a bit of rustic décor to the front porch. Just choose your parking preference and then stencil in what you want your sign to say – it’s so easy to get rustic wooden signs from old pallets!
35. Rustic Guest Room Check Out Sign
You wouldn’t really make your house guests check out by 11 a.m. but even so, this little wooden sign is perfect for guest rooms. It has a great old bed and breakfast feel to it and it’s really simple to make with your reclaimed wood pallets and some white paint.
36. Rustic Painted Arrow Wooden Sign
I love these rustic painted arrows that can be done on pallet wood, reclaimed wood or even craft wood that you can distress to give it that great vintage look. The arrows are freehand drawn with white chalk paint and then sanded a bit to give them that distressed look.
37. Home Is Where The Heart Is Sign
Whether you use stencils or freehand paint, this sign is a must. You can use strips of old wood and just attach them together to get that great wood pallet look or use an actual pallet. The message is the most important part.
38. DIY Hand Painted Anniversary Sign
This anniversary sign idea is amazing and so simple. Just take a strip of wood and paint your anniversary date – I really love the Truly, Madly, Deeply message on this one. It’s a simple project that will look beautiful over the headboard.
39. Easy Galvanized Market Sign
I really love market signs and this one is really creative. It has galvanized letters on a wood plank and the entire look just screams rustic country. Paint your wood plank white and use sand paper to give it a nice distressed look before adding your lettering.
40. DIY Wood Scrap Heart
This heart made from strips of scrap wood makes a statement all on its own but you could easily add your own message. Just cut your strips to make the heart shape, distress if needed and that’s it – or paint in whatever you want your heart to say.
41. Cool Distressed Wood Boating Sign
This wooden sign is lovely and has such a whimsical message. I love the weathered look of the wood that makes it seem as if it’s been out to sea for years. You can find this adorable sign on Etsy.
42. Distressed Wood Eat Sign
This Eat sign is made with distressed wood and the silverware really gives it a unique look. It’s perfect for the kitchen or dining room and it will only take you an hour or so to make it.
43. Easy DIY Mason Jar Pallet Sign
I love anything to do with mason jars so this sign is really perfect. It’s a simple wooden sign with a mason jar painted right on the wood. Such an easy project and you get this beautiful sign that is perfect for hanging in the kitchen.
44. Simple Reclaimed Wood Monogram Sign
Show off your family name with this amazingly simple monogram sign made on reclaimed wood. This is perfect for hanging in the living room or on the front porch. You just paint your monogram onto distressed wood and you’re all set.
45. Rustic Distressed Potting Shed Sign
If you have a potting shed, this distressed sign is perfect for it. You could also hang it on the porch or deck or even in the living room if you wanted. It’s a great look with old hinges and handles and very easy to DIY.
46. DIY Stenciled Welcome Sign
This welcome sign may take a while to make but it is certainly worth the effort. You don’t even need to have weathered wood on hand – you can create distressed wood as you go along. This is a great sign for the porch or entry.
47. Rustic DIY Wedding Sign
Rustic weddings are really the thing right now and if you’re planning one, you’ll need a sign, right? This Happily Ever After sign will literally only make you a few minutes to make and it’s perfect for displaying at your wedding.
48. Rustic Sign From Paint Stirring Sticks
I love the concept of this “The woods are calling me” sign. You make it with old pallet wood or if you don’t have any pallets on hand, you can use wood planks and paint stirring sticks. If you love the woods, this is definitely the sign for you.
49. DIY Printable Wood Sign
This great rustic sign can be made with your printer – well, the message can be made with your printer. You’ll use pallets or other reclaimed wood to make the actual sign. You’ll find transferring messages onto wood from printed paper is so easy.
50. Tall Standing DIY Wooden Sign
You don’t have to hang your wooden sign. Use longer pieces of wood and make stand up models with longer messages. These are great for entryways and porches or you could make them to hang if you prefer.