Hey y’all! You know how much I love making wreaths. What better way to change things up than by learning how to make a decoupaged wood Christmas sign! I know all you crafters out there love learning new techniques to add to your wreath making skills. I asked our friend from Diane’s Design and Boutique to show us a tutorial on making these gorgeous wood signs.
How to Make a Decoupaged Wood Christmas Sign
To show us how to make a decoupaged wood sign, we asked our friend, Diane from Diane’s Design and Boutique, to show us how it’s done. Diane is a creative entrepreneur who loves to design handmade decor using a variety of mediums for every space inside and outside of the home. She loves to inspire creativity in others through social media and her Instructional Design Studio. In her free time, Diane loves playing with her grandchildren, and gathering her family around the table to enjoy one of her famous home cooked meals. These decoupage signs are so festive and be an amazing addition to your Christmas decor!
Decoupaged Christmas sign supply list
- Wood cutouts – Wild’s Creek & Co. –
- White Primer Paint
- Matte Mod Podge
- Chalk Couture Transfers
- Chalkology Paste
- Nail file
- Clear sealer spray paint
- Hot glue gun
- Saran Wrap
Check out the video tutorial:
Decoupaged Wood Christmas Sign Instructions
- Paint a coat of primer onto the wood cutout.
- Position your decoupage material (napkin, tissue paper, wrapping paper, etc.) over your wood cutout/surface to determine which part of the design you would like to use and how to position it on your project. Keep in mind that your paper layer can extend past the edge of your surface. We can go back to trim this neatly after the decoupage is dry.
- After positioning your decoupage material, use a pencil to mark your decoupage layer to act as a guide when cutting, and then use scissors to cut out your paper layer. Note: If you are decoupaging a particularly odd shape, lay your paper layer over your surface once you have cut out the shape you need, and use your scissors to cut “notches” into the overhanging edge of your paper layer, right up to the edge of your surface, at regular intervals. This will allow you to press your paper layer down smoothly and around those edges without any tearing or bubbling.
- When you finish pressing your paper layer, use a small box, paint can, or other “prop” as a platform for your wood cutout and place your cutout on top.
- When using a napkin to decoupage, you must separate the layers of the napkin and isolate the very top layer to use on your project. You can do this by lightly wetting your fingers and gently pinching the edge of your napkin, and pulling your fingers apart to separate the layers.
- Pour your mod podge/decoupage glue onto an art tray (or disposable plate). It is important not to dip directly into your bottle of mod podge so that you do not deposit any of the fibers from your paper into your bottle while you are working.
- Prepare a sheet of plastic wrap to have on the side when you are ready to use it. Make sure the sheet is large enough to cover your project with overhang.
- Using a foam “brush”, apply an even layer of mod podge over the surface of your wood cutout. It helps to work in sections – for this project we are adhering our paper layer in two sections (top and bottom).
- Gently lay your paper layer down onto the surface.
- Lay your plastic wrap over your paper layer and stretch down over the sides of the wood cutout (this is where your “platform” comes in handy!).
- Using your hands, gently smooth your paper layer through the surface of the plastic wrap, increasing pressure gradually as you work, avoiding any pressure that would tear your napkin.
- Repeat for the next section, until your paper layer is entirely adhered.
- Let this dry well.
- Once dry, go back over the top with another layer of mod podge.
- Allow this 2 nd layer of mod podge to dry.
- To trim the overhanging paper edge, use a file (a nail file works great!) to gently file downwards, in one direction, along the edge of your surface, until all loose edges are trimmed away. When using Chalk Couture transfers to create a design over your decoupage layer.
- Remove your transfer from the backing.
- Using a fuzzing towel, stick your transfer to the towel and peel away 1+ times to “fuzz” the back/adhesive side of the transfer. This will keep the transfer from stretching when you peel it away from your surface, and it will keep it from pulling up the surface of your project.
- Position your transfer your decoupaged surface.
- Press/smooth your transfer down so that the entire transfer is adhered.
- Using a squeegee, spread the Chalkology paste of your choice over the screen, being sure to cover all of the “open spaces” (the design) of your transfer.
- Squeegee off any excess – only one thin layer is needed! Put the excess right back in your container of Chalkology paste.
- Gently peel your silkscreen transfer away, pulling from an edge and not a corner (to avoid stretching your transfer).
- Place your transfer into a water bath until you are able to clean. Give your project a few minutes to dry.
Applying Christmas Sign Trims
- For this project, we are using a jute cord to cover a portion of our wood cut out. Start by hot gluing the end of the cord to the surface of the cut out, applying a line of hot glue and pushing the cord down into the glue.
- After we weave back and forth, left to right, apply a new line of glue pressing the cord into the glue all the way up the edge of our cut out.
- If you do not like this look/technique, you can always cut your trim into even strips and apply them individually.
- To finish off the process, glue the cord along the entire side edge of the wood cut out.
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