DIY Vintage Sign

Colour Saturated Life | DIY Vintage Sign

Today I am not only going to show you how to create a DIY Vintage Sign that you can modify to suit an occasion or look but also how to create your own custom stickers from masking tape. I love typography (which I think is well documented!) and I don’t think anyone has enough vintage signs in their house and I love making them!

I don’t do a lot of Easter decorating…..not like I do for Christmas, where I go all out crazy! But I do like to decorate our kitchen table and do some sort of craft with my daughter. This year I have decided to decorate the kitchen a little and one of the first things I am creating is this vintage inspired Easter Sign.

You will need:

  • baking paper
  • masking tape
  • scissors
  • 5 pieces of wood (650mm x 10mm) @ 795mm long
  • 2 pieces of wood (35mm x 13mm) @ 300mm long
  • 10 x 20mm wood screws
  • drill
  • wood stain
  • paint of your choosing (I used Milk Paint in Marigold Yellow & white acrylic paint)
  • sanding paper
  • paint brush

Colour Saturated Life | DIY Vintage Sign

Lay your 5 pieces of wood (795mm length) next to each other without any gaps, making sure the ends line up.

Colour Saturated Life | DIY Vintage Sign

Next you will need to secure these together across the back in two places using the wood screws and the 2 pieces of 300mm wood.

Colour Saturated Life | DIY Vintage Sign

Drill one screw into each 795mm wood piece (5 screws per 300mm board)

Colour Saturated Life | DIY Vintage Sign

Generally speaking you won’t need to pre-drill as the wood screws will do the work for you but I do press the tip of the screw into the wood first just so that there is a little indentation and your screw won’t move when drilling.

Colour Saturated Life | DIY Vintage Sign

Next you will need to stain your wood, I used Feast Watson in Black Japan. Leave that to dry.

Now I am going to show you a technique using masking tape and baking paper that you can use to make any shape sticker you want. First you need to place your design beneath a piece of baking paper and then place masking tape over it onto your baking paper, overlapping and smoothing as you go until your whole design is covered.

Colour Saturated Life | DIY Vintage Sign

Then you need to cut out your design and use a marker to draw the outline onto your masking tape.

Colour Saturated Life | DIY Vintage Sign

Using your scissors (or a Stanley Knife if you prefer) cut out your letter, until you have all your letters. This is delicate so go slowly and be careful not to peel the masking tape off the baking paper.

Colour Saturated Life | DIY Vintage Sign

Now you have made your own stickers in the shape of your letters from masking tape. To apply simply peel off the baking paper.

Colour Saturated Life | DIY Vintage Sign

Make sure your burnish the edges of the masking tape so you get a clean edge.

Next paint over all the wood until you have full coverage and once dry peel away the masking tape.

Finally we will add a white border around the letters to give the a 3D appearance. The easiest may to do this is to picture a light source on one side of your letters and put a thicker line on the places where your light source will not reach. Then do a thin line around the remainder of the letter.

Colour Saturated Life | DIY Vintage Sign

Colour Saturated Life | DIY Vintage Sign

Don’t worry about being perfect as this is a vintage sign and our next step is distressing with sandpaper. I was quite heavy handed as I wanted it to be worn.

Colour Saturated Life | DIY Vintage Sign

Finally you have a gorgeous vintage sign to hang on your wall….I like the pop of colour it adds to my kitchen.

Colour Saturated Life | DIY Vintage Sign

Colour Saturated Life | DIY Vintage Sign

Colour Saturated Life | DIY Vintage Sign

Colour Saturated Life | DIY Vintage Sign

Colour Saturated Life | DIY Vintage Sign

Colour Saturated Life | DIY Vintage Sign

So that is the beginning of my Easter decorating and I will be sharing a couple more posts on some more DIY Easter decor, so stay posted!




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  • […] beautiful instead. As you know I have a slight addiction to typographical art and after making this DIY Vintage Sign for my Easter decor this year I fell in love with having this new splash of colour in my kitchen. […]ReplyCancel

  • Queenies Little Kingdom » Blog Archive » Here’s A Tip - March 26, 2015 - 1:05 am

    […] the look of vintage signs but not ready to fork over the big bucks to buy one? Don’t worry, this post is step by step instructions to make your very own. I love […]ReplyCancel

  • Sally - March 22, 2015 - 9:26 am

    I love your website and you DIY’s are so well layer out. It’s great!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 25, 2015 - 12:01 pm

      Thanks Sally! I always wonder if I actually make any sense!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Mabey She Made It - March 16, 2015 - 4:07 pm

    This is such a cute sign! Thanks for linking it up to the Do Tell Tuesday party.ReplyCancel

  • DIY Easter Cross » Colour Saturated Life - March 16, 2015 - 8:03 am

    […] Next I distressed it which is where you could also leave it and get a nice neutral looking cross. But, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t add some colour. So in keeping with my Easter colour scheme I painted a layer of Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Marigold Yellow. (Same colour I painted the Easter Sign) […]ReplyCancel

  • Michelle James - March 13, 2015 - 12:13 pm

    This is awesome. I am in love with typography and I love the vintage signs but have yet to make one. Thanks for this tutorial. I am definitely pinning!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 13, 2015 - 1:45 pm

      Thanks Michelle, You definitely need to make one, they are such a gorgeous addition to your home!ReplyCancel

  • Mila - March 13, 2015 - 7:38 am

    I love it! I like that you’re boldly mixing colors – mustard yellow & turquoise (love it). I’m such a wimp, when it comes to mixing colors ๐Ÿ™‚

    I would love for you to share your sign with our Thursday Link Up Party- Idea box:


    • Gilly - March 13, 2015 - 1:47 pm

      Thanks Mila – I am all about colour mixing, it is less of a commitment when using decor items rather than painting walls. You should see my daughters room it is almost an experiment in mixing colours ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - March 11, 2015 - 7:56 am

    Love how the sign turned out! And, thanks for the tutorial on the letters! Pinned!ReplyCancel

  • Andie Conn - March 10, 2015 - 10:22 am

    What a well-done tutorial (: I like that sign quite a lot! Nice work.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - March 8, 2015 - 12:10 pm

    LOVE this sign, so sweet and creative! Love the color! Saying hello from found & forged!

    • Gilly - March 8, 2015 - 8:57 pm

      Thanks for visiting Cathy!ReplyCancel

  • [email protected] - March 8, 2015 - 7:55 am

    Wow, how cool is that! I love your vintage sign too, it turned out really nice. That is just brilliant how you make your stickers. I am going to try this. You always just see stenciling, but with your sign you get to see the wood as the letters. Love how you added the white to give your sign a 3-D appearance. Love it! Thanks so much for sharing this sticker technique. Pinning!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 8, 2015 - 8:58 pm

      No problem Linda….so happy you got something the tutorial!ReplyCancel

  • Monique | WritingMonique - March 7, 2015 - 8:08 pm

    This is absolutely gorgeous! I love these type of signs!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 8, 2015 - 8:58 pm

      Thanks MoniqueReplyCancel

  • Kate from - March 6, 2015 - 11:24 pm

    Cute project! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 8, 2015 - 8:59 pm

      Thanks KateReplyCancel

  • Leigh - March 6, 2015 - 10:47 am

    Love this Gilly! Beautiful work as always ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 8, 2015 - 8:59 pm

      Thanks LeighReplyCancel

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