DIY Large Wood Sign Tutorial

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Large Wood Sign

I shared this “Gather” sign on our front porch, and I had so many people ask me to write up how I made it.  Here’s a quick tutorial so you can make your own customizable wooden sign

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I made a video of the process here – to see the pictures and instructions, keep scrolling down!


The back of this sign is made of plywood.  I got mine cut at Lowe’s once I figured out the correct dimensions.  Make sure that if you’re going to be using this sign outdoors (like I did) that you get an exterior plywood.

Paint the plywood your color of choice – I did a coat of primer & a coat of satin white paint.  Then you’ll make the “frame”.  It’s so simple – I stained flat trim wood (it’s $5 for an 8 ft. piece) and adhered it with liquid nails.

DIY Large Wood Sign


Once the adhesive dries, figure out what word/phrase you want to write, and pick a font you love.  I enlarged the word, and split it up in a Word document.  I did one page per letter for this sign.  Tape them in place on your painted plywood:

Large Wood Sign tutorial


Trace the letters with a ballpoint pen.  Make sure you press hard – you want to make an indent in the wood underneath the paper:

Large Wood Sign tutorial


Once you’ve traced your word, you’ll want to fill it in.  You could choose to use paint and a small brush, but it makes it SO much easier if you use a paint pen.

Large Wood Sign sharpie paint pen


And that’s it!  We attached two large sawtooth clips on the back to hang on concrete nails:

Large Wood Sign

Large Wood Sign gather

See more pictures of our welcoming porch space here.



I made another version of this sign, using a similar technique, in our kitchen.  Come see how I did it:

kitchen wood sign


  1. So cute! My SIL and BIL are moving into their first home soon and this would make an awesome house-warming present. Do you mind sharing the name of the font you used?

  2. I always wondered how people make these signs with such perfect writing! I am so tempted to make one now!
    Evelina @ Fortunate House

  3. Do you have dimensions of the cut plywood and trim pieces?

    • So sorry – I know that the sign was 5 feet wide – but I don’t remember how high. I can measure when I’m home (and can run outside with my measuring tape) πŸ™‚

  4. I always thought I would never be able to make a sign like yours but you make it sound easy! I’m going to give it a try! Thanks!

  5. This is my kind of DIY!

  6. I can’t wait to make one for the porch!! Thank you so much for the “how to” especially the tip about using the paint pen!

  7. Where did you find the flourishes for the beginning and end of the sign? It is gorgeous!!

  8. Brenda Payne says:

    The word program on my Apple computer does not enlarge the letters enough. Any suggestions?

    • Hey Brenda – I’ll actually be providing the printable for this sign (as soon as I finish formatting it correctly) with my e-mail subscribers! If you subscribe, you’ll receive the link for that printable shortly! πŸ™‚

      • Carrie Cathey says:

        I just subscribed for your emails. can you send me the printable for this sign….please?

      • Just came across this tutorial and it is EXACTLY what I’ve been wanting to create for my family room. Has a printable been created for this sign? If so, I’d love to find out how to obtain it πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  9. Cathy Dickman says:

    Nice site – glad I happened on to it.

  10. My brother and s-i-l just rebuilt a cottage on a lake on property that has been in her family for several generations. The previous cottages were all named the same so I’d like to gift them with a sign with the same name to put over their front door. This sign would be out in the weather. Do you have any suggestions of recommendations as to weatherproof this? Thanks.

    Patti H

    • That’s a great idea, Patti! I’d make sure you use an outdoor approved plywoood and exterior paint/stain. Then seal it with exterior polyurethane, and it SHOULD be good to go! πŸ™‚

  11. I love this! Unfortunately I haven’t been able to get the video to load. Can you explain a little more about how you adhered the frame? Did you adhere to the front of the plywood or the side? Thanks so much! I’m anxious to try it!!

    • sorry if it wasn’t clear, Susan! I adhered the trim to the front of the plywood πŸ™‚ I’d love to see a picture if you make this sign!! πŸ™‚

  12. Julie T says:

    Love this!

  13. How did you do the frame around it? I’ve made my sign, and now I’d love to know how you did your simple frame? thanks!

    • Yay! So glad yo hear you’ve made your sign! I used flat trim wood from my hardware store. I stained it before I adhered it to the front of the sign with liquid nails. Hope that helps!! πŸ™‚

  14. Brittany says:

    I appreciate this tutorial! Did you use a water or oil based paint pen? How do you hang a heavy sign likΕ«e that?

  15. Pat lawson says:

    Love the porch

  16. I know the plywood is an exterior plywood, but was it a specific kind? The sign is beautiful!

  17. Laura Poulter says:

    Love your ideas

  18. Deborah Bufkin says:

    Love this sign and I would love to have the template. Thanks!

  19. Sondra Habets says:


  20. Debra Hanson says:

    I just painted our dining room table with white chalk paint and the chairs are black and I distressed them all. This will go perfectly in that room. I just need to know how thick was your plywood? Thanks!

  21. Like your site!

  22. Would like to be on your mailing list please

  23. This is so cute! I love it!!

  24. Wonderful sign & tutorial. Can’t wait to fix one for our back porch!

  25. Love this project!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  26. Love this!!

  27. Hi! Did you use the oil based sharpie paint marker? I’m going to pick up a pack of them, but they also offer water-based, so just double checking!

  28. Love it!

  29. Thank you for sharing this!

  30. thea heaton says:

    thank you!

  31. Leah Irwin says:

    Hi There, I love your gather sign. I’m going to try to replicate this beauty!

  32. Hayley Nichols says:

    Love this! Subscribing now, would love to receive the link.

  33. Can’t wait to try to make some signs

  34. Mahala Orren says:

    Love this tutorial and can’t wait to start getting your emails.

  35. Amy Pridgen says:

    Thank you for the tutorial and for sharing the template. This will not only save time & money, it will add the perfect touch to my dining room.

  36. Tiffani Scheel says:

    I love this!

  37. Katie Lueck says:

    Thanks for the idea and tutorial. I upcycled an old cabinet door that was in our Catholic Church’s original parish hall. For some reason my Dad had saved it over 30 years ago when the hall was torn down to build a new one. The door was in his barn and I spotted it last weekend and knew it would be perfect for the project. I cleaned off the dirt and painted chalkboard paint on the center of the door and used a chalk paint pen to write with. It will be the perfect addition to our kitchen dΓ©cor just in time for Thanksgiving!

  38. Sarah Opliger says:

    LOVE this post!

  39. Genius! I just made a sign using this tutorial and it worked fantastic! Thanks so much!

  40. Thank you. Love this tutorial

  41. Thanks! I would love to make he gather sign. Sign me up for emails.

  42. What font did you use for your gather sign? Did you only use Word or another program for the font?

  43. Eva Fichtnerova says:


  44. Thanks for sharing the printable

  45. Thanks for the great project! Any tips on how to use the liquid nails without making a mess of it? I’m hesitant to use glue instead of real nails…

  46. This is gorgeous! Wondering if you purchased a specific type of plywood?

  47. Probably a silly question but did you paint the back as well?

  48. Janice Wojcik says:

    I’m going to try this for our diningroom.Thanks!

  49. Jackie Grosser says:

    I love this sign!!!! I would love to have the template! Thanks!

  50. This is such a fabulous tutorial! I have a few empty walls in my house that need something pretty just like this! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  51. Love this sign


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