504 Main by Holly Lefevre: Rustic Wood Wedding Sign
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Rustic Wood Wedding Sign

I spent many, many years planning fabulous weddings...and I gotta tell ya...I miss it (not the long hours...but everything else). Last year an amazing caterer I know asked me to make these rustic wood wedding signs for each of her couples. I love the idea and they are such an amazing wedding keepsake or unique part of the wedding decor.

Rustic weddings signs are great gifts or accessories to accent your wedding decor.


small details make a beautiful difference

Make It

  • Cut boards into 24" lengths. You can change the length for different length/size names.
  • Stain the wood. Protect your hands and work in a well-ventilated area. Wipe a coat of stain on the wood, and them wipe off excess. Repeat on both sides and edges.
  • Let dry.
A Silhouette Cameo and vinyl are great for makign stencils
  • Once the stencil is cut, remove the letters, leaving the large piece with the cutout letters on the vinyl backing (this is the stencil).
remove the letters, leaving a stencil for painting.
  • Apply the transfer tape on top of the stencil.
  • Rub to adhere.
  • Peel the back off the vinyl.
  • Place the stencil on the wood - center the names vertically and horizontally.
  • TIP: I actually prefer to move my names up (horizontally) about 1/4" to 1/2" - it just balances better. Find the center and move the stencil just slightly.
use the transfer tape to apply the stencil to the board and then rub
  • Rub the stencil onto the wood, and carefully remove the transfer tape.
remove the transfer tape and prepare for painting.
  • Paint the letters white (color of your choice).
  • Apply a second coat of white once the first coat is almost dry. Let dry.
Multi-surface paint works great on these boards
  • Once dry (I like to allow about 24 hours for it to really cure), come back and sand the entire board:
    • Sand the corners to round them a bit.
    • Sand all edges for a distressed look.
    • Sand the back and sides as necessary to remove any shapr edges or "splinters" from cutting.
    • Lightly sand all over the top, including over the names - you can add a bit of more aggressive sanding for a more distressed look.
a combination f light and agressive sanding make this sign look unique and special
  • Wipe the boards clean.
  • Either spray (outside with protection) the board with Deft Spray or wipe on the Creme Wax and wipe off.
  • Let dry.
apply a finish of deft wood spray or wax creme to protect the board

Now you have a great gift or a fabulous wedding accessory that look amazing on a guestbook table, dessert table, the bar, or even for an engagement photo.

customize the paint to coordinate with the wedding colors

What your favorite wedding decor idea?

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre


  1. What font did you use?

    1. Hi Melissa! Your comment has a "no reply blogger" email and I couldn't find an email on your profile...so I hope you see this! I used Courier New for this sign.


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