I saw this adorable front porch sign on Etsy, but I just couldn’t justify paying $85 for it (inspo pic below). So, I set out to make my own DIY front porch sign. Not only did I save a bunch of money, but it actually turned out just as cute, IMO!
Continue reading for details, measurements, and links.
My DIY Front Porch Sign Finished Look…
To get started, here’s what you’ll need…
- Some type of wood. I used a piece of birch plywood because we had it leftover from a previous project Darrell did for our fireplace wall. But, you can use any type of wood and get Home Depot or Lowes to cut it to your exact size preference. The measurements for the board:
- Height: 62 in
- Width: 12 in
- Depth 1 in
- Wooden Letters. I found my letters at Hobby Lobby, but I’m sure any craft store sells them.
- Large Letters: 9.5 in click here (exact ones I used)
- Large Letters: 10 in click here
- Small Letters: 1 1/4 in click here (exact ones I used)
- Small Letters: 1 3/4 in click here
- Spray Paint. I used a flat finish because I feel like it holds up better when outdoors. But, you can also use a satin finish. I would avoid any glossy finish as that would attract more dirt.
- Decorative Loop. I found the decorative embroidery loop at my local Hobby Lobby, and it was only sale for $7! Unfortunately, that particular loop isn’t listed on their website, but they had a lot in the store so you may want to make a visit. I’m going to list a few below that would also work.
- Eucalyptus Wreath – 10 in for $13.95 on Amazon
- Eucalyptus Wreath – 10 in for $17.99 on Amazon
- Eucalyptus Metal Loop – multiple sizes on Etsy (closest to the original)
I found the decorative embroidery loop below at Hobby Lobby for only $7!
- Jute Rope: This isn’t necessary, but I wrapped the top portion of my embroidery hoop with this to add texture and help it to glue easier to the plywood.
- Hot Glue Gun. You can also use super glue, but I like hot glue because it’s dries pretty much instantly.
- Hot Glue Gun on Amazon UPDATE: Gorilla glue or E6000 glue works best instead of hot glue.
Directions for DIY Front Porch Sign
- Step #1 – Get the birch plywood cut to your exact size preference. Lowes or Home Depot will do this for free with your purchase.
- Step #2 – Paint the birch plywood white. Let dry for at least an hour. Then, add a second coat and let dry completely.
- Step #3 – Pant both large and small letters black. I applied two coats. Let dry completely.
- Step #4 – Optional step. Wrap jute rope around the top portion of the embroidery loop to add texture. Secure both ends of the rope using a hot glue gun.
- Step #5 – Start glueing your letters and decorative loop to the plywood. Be sure to properly measure out the letters so it looks good! 🙂 Let dry and it’s done!
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Comment below if you’re going to make your own DIY Front Porch Sign! I’d love to hear your feedback and ideas.
Great post u have here. Tnx for sharing. Just a quick, what will be the measurement for the horizontal spaces between each letter on your board?
Thank you! Horizontally from edge-to-edge, I just centered the letters. Spacing between the height of each letter I believe is about 3-4 inches. Does that answer your question?
Could you please tell me where to find the piece of cloth with the word gather on it? Thanks
Found it at Hobby Lobby… it’s not listed on their website, unfortunately.
Hi, this is exactly what I want to do for my front porch! Thank you for the pointers and inspiration. My question is, you indicate in the materials black and white spray paint, but it looks like you are painting with a brush? Do you think one is better than the other? If using regular paint, should I poly it after? Thanks!
The spray paint is definitely a better and quicker option. The only reason I used regular paint with a brush is because we had some paint leftover from another project and I wanted to get rid of it. But, if I had to do it all over again, I’d use spray paint for everything 🙂
I finished up my own version of this, inspired by yours! Thank you. Last night I got glued gun the letters, and placed heavy books on them until about 7pm tonight. An hour after I sprayed the protective clear coat, the “H” fell off. I had found it challenging to hot glue such large letters and the glue stay hot. Why do you think this is happening? Could I use Gorilla Wood glue and clamp it, too? I just want it on my porch already lol thanks!
You can definitely use super glue or gorilla glue. When using hot glue, you do have to make sure you stick it only pretty quickly before the glue cools. If the hot glue isn’t working for you, then I’d say definitely try the super or gorilla glue… just make sure you let it dry for at least an hour. Good luck! 🙂
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I LOVE THIS!! I’m going to HL and Lowes tomorrow!! So excited. For the “Gather” Im going to use some woven material and heat press vinyl on it and then press into a hoop.
Love this idea… I’m sure it’s going to turn out great!
Hi! Thanks for sharing! I just made mine but I’m actually waiting for the glue to set(I used gorilla wood glue for the letters🙏🏼). So I have one question, what glue did you use for your hot glue gun? I’m gonna have to use hot glue for my wreath but want to make sure I use a good one that’ll still well to wood.
I just used the hot glue sticks they sell at Hobby Lobby. Originally, I used a hot glue gun for the wooden letters but if I were to do it again, I would use super glue or gorilla glue.
what size wood hoop did you use!
I love your sign !
Tysm! The hoop I used was about 9 inches wide.
I definitely want to make this. Thx for ur video, so simple.
Hey there!! I am a sign maker and one of my customer’s asked me to recreate this for them. How about using E6000 to glue everything on?? Maybe make that suggestion instead of the hot glue. I used hot glue for a while and it just doesn’t do near the permanent stick that the E6000 has!!! Thank you so much for this post! I love this sign!!
Thank you for this suggestion! 🙂
Hi this is so beautiful. I am in the process of making this, can you share where you purchased the “gather” from.
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