DIY Large Hand Painted Sign and How-To Video

After many, many requests, on our social media accounts, for a how-to on this Large DIY Hand Painted Sign, we had to give it to you guys 🙂

Not only do we have the free plans and how-to tutorial for you, we also have a how-to video on our Youtube channel for it too! Just click the image below to come build it with us in our shop!


Click HERE for the free printable plans and follow along, as we build it, below!

Start with a 4′ x 4′ sheet of 1×2″ plywood. You can buy it just like this from the hardware store (no cutting needed) or you can have it cut from a larger sheet of plywood.

Paint the plywood white. We used Linen White Chalked Paint, by Rust-Oleum. It’s a good flat paint and it sands really well.

While the paint is drying, download the “Home Sweet Home” file by clicking HERE.

Then, connect a projector to your computer. You can find the projector that we use HERE on Amazon. Adjust the projector so that the letters are positioned how you like them on the sign.

Next, trace each letter, lightly, with a pencil.

Once the letters are traced, use an angled craft brush and acrylic paint to fill in each letter. If you don’t have a steady hand, it helps to trace the letters with a paint marker before painting them. You can find the paint marker we used HERE on Amazon.

Ready for the frame!

Measure the sides for the frame first, then cut the 1×2 trim to size. Then cut the top and bottom trim to size. Stain the trim pieces before you attach them. You can refer to the printable plans for the measurements and assembly. Make sure to measure and cut as you go because not all of the plywood sheets are exactly 48″x48″.

We stained our trim Briarsmoke by Varathane.

Attach the side pieces first. We used wood glue and 1 1/4″ brad nails in our Ryobi 18 Volt brad nailer. Follow up with the top and bottom trim.

If you want your letters to have that vintage, distressed look, use a sanding pad (120-grit) to distress the acrylic paint. Make sure the paint is dry first 😉

All done! Time to give it a home 😉

We used 3″ self-tapping wood screws to attach the signs to the wall. Mark the studs and drill into the frame and into the studs behind the wall. If you don’t want to put holes in your sign, you can use a French Cleat, like this one on Amazon, to hang your sign. It’s an easy installation and it makes hanging large wall pieces super easy!

If you make your own sign be sure to share it on social media and use #shanty2chic so that we can see it and share it too!

Here is more info on the items in the pics 🙂

Glass Vase – HERE

Stems in Vase – HERE

Tassel Pillow – HERE

Other pillows – HomeGoods

Chairs – HERE

Bench – HERE

Stools – HERE

Chandelier – HERE

Paint Colors – HERE

Window Shades – HERE

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Building!

  • Noelle Zempel

    Beautiful! I’ve really been wanting to make this style of sign, thank you for the great instructions! Do you have a price estimate for this project?