DIY Wooden Family Sign

Hey there!  It was such a beautiful weekend for us here!  We were able to enjoy our little league opening day and a birthday party for my niece and although it was jam-packed, I managed to squeeze in a little DIY!  It took about 30 minutes and $20!

The giant blank space above our PB Inspired Storage System , in our gameroom, finally got the best of me and inspired me to make this Wooden Family Sign;)

Here’s how I did it!


MDI letters from Hobby Lobby ($1.25 after sale)

4 – 1×4 furring strips ($1 each) cut down to 58″

11 – 3/8″x1″ Hex Lag Screws (hardware store $0.36 each) and 1 bag of 5/16″ flat washers (hardware store $2) These were in the nuts and bolts isle.

I started by spray painting the letters with Rust-Oleum Heirloom White🙂

While I waited for the letters to dry, I built the sign.  I used Gorilla Glue Wood Glue and my nailer to attach scrap 1×2’s to the back of 4 1×4’s.  (You will also need to attach your mounting bracket, if you plan to hang it on a wall, now).

I then stained the sign with Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut Stain.

Next, I used Gorilla Glue Epoxy to attach the letters to the sign.

Now for the fun, finishing touch!

I wanted an industrial look for this sign so I chose to add the galvanized hex screws.  I marked off where I wanted the hex screws to be placed (I chose random spacing) and pre-drilled a hole for each screw.  I then added a washer and tightened the screw down with a wrench.

That was it:)  30 minutes and less than $20!

I love how it fills the space now:)


Nothing like a cheap and quick DIY:)  If you love it I would LOVE pins;)  Thanks ~Ashley


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  3. Lizzie Simantz on March 13, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I’m late to the game, but I LOVE this! I definitely plan on making something similar very soon. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  4. Bobbi-Alan Van Reet on February 22, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Silly question, but what size drill but do I use to pre drill the holes for the screws? Thanks!!! Making one painted white with my daughters name in pink for her room!!!

    • Shanty2Chic on February 22, 2013 at 8:21 am

      Hey Bobbi,
      I used 7/64″. It’s a snug fit:)

  5. Stephanie Hulings on December 14, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Love this! Making it for a Christmas gift. Can anyone tell me how you hung it up on the wall? Thanks!

  6. Danielle Crocker on August 29, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    What size are the letters? I am heading to the hardware store tonight for paint colors and I’ll be picking the wood up for this too!

    • Tina Sholes Marinella on September 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      This is what I needed to know. My Home Depot and local craft store did not have them available in store but I noticed Home Depot has 8 in MDF letters online. Is that the correct size?

      • Shanty2Chic on September 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm

        Yes! They are 8 inches tall. Sorry for the delay, the sign is hanging over my entertainment center and I kept forgetting to get up there and measure it:)

  7. Darlene Sowell on August 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I love this!!! How did you attach it to the wall?

  8. Stephanie on July 7, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Neither Home Depot nor Lowe’s or Walmart carries these Rustoleum products… at least where I live. Where did you purchase them?

    • Shanty2Chic on July 7, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      The only place I know that you can purchase the stain is Lowe’s. Rust-Oleum spray paint can be found at Home Depot and Hobby Lobby. If you are having a problem finding then in your area, I would just look for other brands in similar colors:). Hope this helps!
      Sent from my iPad

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