Rustic Reclaimed Wood Guest Book Sign

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Cindi’s Creative Solutions

Rustic Reclaimed Wood Guest Book Sign

Designed by Cindi McGee – Behind These Eyes™

rustic reclaimed wood guest book sign
A friend’s daughter found the clever idea of using a reclaimed wood sign as a guest book for her outdoor wedding on Pinterest. Her father made the sign from old pallet boards, and they asked me to paint it for her. We looked at several examples, and settled onto this version. I think it’s a unique idea and will make a fabulous rustic keepsake of their special day to display in their home.

Materials: 
  • Pallet wood sign
  • DecoArt®
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Computer & printer (or stencils of your choice)

Instructions:
  1. Determine the size of the heart you want for the background image for your text. Create a paper template. Use a ruler to help center the template on your sign. Trace around the heart.

    rustic reclaimed wood guest book sign how 1
    Trace the template
  2. Paint the heart with two coats of Lace DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint. Let dry.
    rustic reclaimed wood guest book sign how 2
    Paint inside the heart

    rustic reclaimed wood guest book sign how 3
    Finished heart after 2 coats
  3. To create the stencils for your lettering, find a font you like. I chose “Return to Sender.”   
  4. Type your text and resize as appropriate to fit inside your heart. Print out lettering. 
  5. Carefully cut around each letter with a craft knife to create a stencil/template for your lettering. 
  6. Use the ruler to center the lettering and trace onto the heart.

    rustic reclaimed wood guest book sign how 4
    Trace lettering onto heart
  7. Paint the text with two coats of Carbon Chalky Finish paint. Let dry completely. Erase any pencil lines that may remain after painting.

    rustic reclaimed wood guest book sign how 5
    Paint lettering
  8. Display the finished guest book sign at the wedding along with permanent markers for the guest to sign it. After the wedding, spray the entire surface with DecoArt Americana Spray Sealer – Matte.

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