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Greetings, friends!

It’s offical, the holidays are here and we’re kickin’ the season off big by joining in on a giant blog hop called Handmade Holidays. It’s three days of handmade, holiday goodness and today is all about the home decor.

rustic wooden holiday sign

Our holiday project is super easy (duh) and full of rustic charm because that’s how we roll around here.

rustic wooden holiday sign

As I’ve been perusing the holiday decor pictures on Instagram and Pinterest, I realized my decor crush this year was going to be wooden signs. There is just something so charming about a wooden holiday sign, with all its imperfections and personal touches, that I knew right away what we’d do for the Handmade Holiday blog hop.

rustic wooden holiday sign

The hardest part was deciding on what to write. I initially thought about doing something with ‘tree farm’ in it and then moved on to searching the internet for great Elf and Christmas Vacation quotes. After wasting several hours of my life reliving two of my favorite movies via memes, I settled on a classic, “& to all a good night.”

Rustic Wooden Holiday Sign Supplies

  • Twine
  • Mini ornaments
  • One 1×10 piece of wood, X” long
  •  Two 1×2 pieces of wood, X” long
  • Two 1×2 pieces of wood, X” long
  • Espresso wood stain
  • DecoArt chalk paint in Lace????
  • DecorArt paint in X
  • Paint brush
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Carbon paper

How to Make a Rustic Wooden Holiday Sign

Paint the 1×10 with the Lace chalk paint and stain the 1×2 pieces in Espresso wood stain.

Print out your text – the font I used was called Playlist in size 350pt.

tracing a rustic holiday sign

Place the text on the sign, on top of carbon paper, making sure the font is going straight across the board.

Trace the font onto the board and fill it with the black paint.

creating frame for DIY holiday sign

Once everything is dried, it’s time to attach the frame.

I used a hammer and nails to secure the 1x2s to the 1×6. On the shorter pieces, I secured the piece at the top and the bottom. For the longer pieces, I nailed them together four times along the edge.

creating holiday sign frame

After the frame was assembled, I nailed four nails to the back, leaving about 1/4″ sticking out for the twine to wrap around.

ornaments on twine for holiday sign

To make the twine ornament garland, I strung the ornaments individually onto the twine and secured them in place with a knot.

rustic wooden holiday sign

After the garland was put together, I strung it onto the wooden sign by securing it to the nails and tucking in the ends to the back.

rustic wooden holiday sign

Lastly, I added a picture hardware to the back in case I wanted to hang it… you know, once we actually start decorating for Christmas 🙂

rustic wooden holiday sign

Be sure to check out the other great bloggers participating in this blog hop below.

And a huge thank you to the sponsors of Handmade Holiday.

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All our best,



  1. Christene A Holder

    This is adorable! I love it. Thanks for sharing this fun DIY

    >> Christene
    Keys to Inspiration

  2. Dana Tatar

    Great décor piece! I also love the strand of ornaments!

    • North Country Nest

      Thank you, Dana! I wanted to add a little extra something and who doesn’t love ornaments?! 🙂

  3. Cherryl Ehlenburg

    Cute sign! I’ve made a lot of signs, but I like the idea of adding the frame around it. I usually just sand down the sides to round them a little. But the frame gives it a more finished look!

    • North Country Nest

      Thank you, Cherryl! I have never tried sanding/rounding the edges – thanks for the new idea! 😀

  4. Sue D

    Cute sign!

  5. Jennifer Priest

    This looks great! I LOVE rustic wooden decor!

  6. Toni | Small Home Soul

    What a great idea, I love seeing quotes and lines from movies or books made into signs. Yours is so cute!

  7. Lisa Russo

    Oh that’s wonderful, I love it!

  8. Nikki Gwin

    Your sign looks great. I am in the mood to make signs! But I have to get some transfer paper. And make some design decisions…. always the hardest part! I totally understand how you spent a day looking for quotes…
    🙂 gwingal

  9. Christine

    Beautiful sign, we are going to be featuring it at this Sundays link party. Hope it brings you new friends. Have a great weekend!

  10. Michelle James

    Kelly, I absolutely love your rustic sign! Great project!

  11. Angie Rose

    I absolutely love this holiday sign! It looks like such a fun project. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It & congratulations on being featured this week!


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