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Show your state pride with this simple DIY painted state sign. It’s the perfect way to add rustic charm to your home! [post contains affiliate links, which means we make a small commission, at NO additional cost to you, if a purchase is made. thanks for supporting north country nest!]

As a born-and-raised Minnesota native, I feel fairly confident in saying I grew up and currently live in the best state, ever.

Where else can you experience a 65 degree day subsequently followed by a -20 degree day?

DIY Wooden Minnesota Home Sign

Do you want to go boating? Good thing we have a lake around nearly every corner.

Don’t know what to talk about? Just bring up the weather and we’ll be good for the next 45 minutes.

DIY Wooden Minnesota Home Sign

Want to shop, ride a roller coaster and go on a water slide all in one place? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

‘Up North’ is our thing.

Any culture that can naturally work ‘oh sure you betcha’ into conversation is seriously worth your time.

DIY Wooden Minnesota Home Sign

We have snow on Christmas…usually.

We’re not called ‘The State of Hockey’ for nothing.

We may bitch about the cold more often than not but when push comes to shove, we’ll park our ass on the middle of a lake in sub-zero temps to catch a fish.

DIY Wooden Minnesota Home Sign

You haven’t experienced beauty until you’ve seen a sunset over the lake on a clear night.

As soon as it hits 35 degrees come the new year, we’ll bust out the summer clothes and think nothing of wearing flip flops and shorts when there’s still snow on the ground.

And one of my favorites; deer opener is basically a state holiday. The boys go up north and all the stores bust out amazing sales for the ladies staying at home.

DIY Wooden Minnesota Home Sign

Since I am sure you may pledge allegiance to your own home state, with its charms and quirks, this DIY Minnesota decal sign can easily be switched out.

Although, it might not look as great because Minnesota is the best, after all 🙂

wooden minnesota state decal sign in entryway

For this DIY, I’ve partnered with my friends at DecoArt. They were kind enough to send over some of their great products, but all thoughts and opinions are 100 percent my own.

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Start with a wood plank, stained a dark brown. To be honest, I had this laying around I don’t quite remember what color stain I used – most likely a Java Brown or Espresso.

DIY Wooden Minnesota Home Sign

Apply three coats of Americana multi-surface acrylic satin paint in white birch.

Then, trace the printed letters with carbon paper onto the painted surface- after the recipe board, this technique has become my favorite for transferring graphics.

DIY Wooden Minnesota Home Sign

The ‘H’ ‘M’ and ‘E’ were painted with Americana multi-surface acrylic satin paint in night sky and the Minnesota state decal in dark scarlet.

DIY Wooden Minnesota Home Sign

After letting that dry, I went over the entire surface with DecoArt one step crackle. This is seriously the coolest product ever. In just one coat it crackles the paint giving it an antique effect.

DIY Wooden Minnesota Home Sign

To make the crackles stand out even more, I applied a coat of antique wax over the entire surface [don’t forget to wipe it off with a cotton cloth] and finished it off with Americana DuraClean ultra matte varnish.

DIY Wooden Minnesota Home Sign

I’d say it turned out pretty perfect. Then again, I’m biased because Minnesota is after all the best state. Ever.

DIY Wooden Minnesota Home Sign

All our best,



  1. Susanna

    Thank you so much for sharing this project with us for #iDIYedThat – I think I am finally going to try to make a sign of my own. This is super cute!

    • Kelly

      Thank you, Susanna! You should definitely tackle one of your own!


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