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There is an awkward little space to the left of our front door and I’ve been dying to fill it with a welcome sign. This is an easy weekend project for you to tackle!

What you’ll need:

  • Wood common board measuring 1 in. x 8 in. x 5 ft. (you may need to buy larger and cut!)
  • Gel stain
  • Wood letters
  • Chalk paint
  • Paint brush
  • E6000 glue
  • Adhesive hook
  • Decorative element (I chose a mini wreath)

Start by visiting your local Home Depot, Lowes or hardware store to pick up a piece of wood. I purchased a 1 in. x 8 in. x 8 ft. Pine Common Board for $11.65 at Home Depot and cut it into two pieces…a five foot piece for this project, and a 3 foot piece for another smaller sign I’ll use in my kitchen! You can have the folks at the store cut it for you. Once you’ve got the size you need, start by staining the wood the color of your choosing. I opted for Minwax Gel Stain in Aged Oak.

DIY welcome sign_stain board

While your stain is drying, it’s time to prepare the letters. I picked up 5-inch letters to spell out “WELCOME” at Michaels. They were originally black and $1.99 a pop.

DIY welcome sign_before letters

I knew I wanted tan letters to match the front porch, so I grabbed some Craft Smart Premium Chalky Acrylic Paint in Linen for $1.99. I used a 1-inch paint brush to apply one coat of paint, first on the sides and then on the front of the letters.

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Once the letters are dry, you are ready to assemble your sign! I used E6000 industrial strength glue to adhere the letters to the wood. You can place a measuring tape beside the wood to keep them spaced evenly, but I just eyeballed it!

DIY welcome sign_glue on letters

I wanted to add something decorative to the top of the sign. I found an adorable mini eucalyptus wreath at TJ Maxx for $12.99. It was the perfect size for this sign! If you’d prefer something different, you can add a bow or a small lantern. I plan to change it out with the seasons! Either way, you’ll need a hook. I found a bronze adhesive hook at Walmart for $4.88. The adhesive seems like it will hold, but if it doesn’t, I’ll re-attach it with some E6000.

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Don’t mind the siding that needs power-washed or the door that needs to be painted (projects for another day)…but here is the final product! It fits perfectly and adds a friendly touch to our porch.

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Happy DIY-ing!