Signs are one of the oldest forms of public art, and they can bring wonder, whimsy, or nostalgia to home decor. And, they are easy to do on a budget, DIY! DIY painted signs projects takes the written word, one of the cheapest decorating tools (paint) and a touch of creative elbow grease to make easy, meaningful and fun home decorating art!




So let’s get to our first and featured project (above and below), from Inspired by Charm, this DIY wood sign has a really detailed tutorial, and it is so fun, and colorful. Love it!



The next two projects are from Little Blue Boo, the first is this DIY pallet Coke sign… we love this because Coke replica items at craft stores go for more than $50! Follow her step by step instructions and photos. This project was made from a pallet!



Next is their resolution subway art, complete with template you can borrow… I love these simple word art projects!



From House of Hepworth’s, this typography art is very cool, and she made it with zero bucks, folks. I love how her tutorial talks about what worked, AND what didn’t!



They so loved that project they created, they did a new one… a You and Me sign! Not only would this be a cool decor time for any couple, how about a unique handmade wedding or engagement present?



‘Denise on a Whim’ has created a project perfect for any laundry space… I think this is so whimsical! Her laundry room pallet sign has simple instructions and a printable template.



Shabby Creek Cottage made this seed sack inspired table, which could just as easily be done on a wall sign. Full step by step tutorial!



From Lil’ Luna, this vintage cold drinks sign is another Coca Cola replica that really makes sense for all us budget decorators… besides, who doesn’t feel “summer” when they see a sign like this!

DIY Painted Sign Projects


This DIY sibling sign (Pottery Barn knock-off!) from It Happens in a Blink has a tutorial that uses a vinyl lettering machine, but she does supply her template. Graphics Fairy has detailed instruction on how to transfer images to surfaces, and then you just paint! Try it!



Diddle Dumpling shows us how to make this vintage looking sign from salvaged wood…so cute!

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This DIY statement sign from Apartment Therapy is cool because of it’s sheer size, and the ease of using spray paint.



Home is Where the Heart Is…this DIY sign by Lolly Jane is made with old house shingles… The shingles from her childhood home! We all need that kind of history in our homes… Full tutorial!



This next one is inspirational, and the one I’m most likely to make work in my own home… I’m really big on inspiring words… my kids remember as small kids I sprinkled inspiring words and phrases around the house, hoping those words would rub off! This door painted with chalkboard paint would be the perfect way for me to share my love of the written word (and the power behind them!) with my family, without haven to make every surface in the home a veritable psychologists sofa.



Lastly, DIY Network helps us make the holidays, or any day, just a little more “joyful”.




Create your own DIY painted signs for your home, and express yourself and your family in a one of kind personal art piece!

Image Credits: Lolly Jane, Inspired by Charm, Little Blue Boo, Little Blue Boo, House of Hepworths, House of Hepworths, Denise on a Whim, Shabby Creek Cottage, Lil' Luna, It Happens in a Blink, Diddle Dumpling, Apartment Therapy, Pinterest, DIY Network


  1. Denise on a whim August 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    What a nice collection of signs! Thanks for including mine :)

    1. Kathy Woodard August 29, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Hi Denise! Love your laundry room sign… If I even find 10 minutes, that would look great in my laundry room, and you make it look easy! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Lisa Hart November 19, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Hi! I’m looking forward to reading through some of these tutorials, but am wondering of you have any tips or suggestions on where to find the wood for the projects?? Where does one go to find old wood or pallets? :)


    1. Kathy Woodard December 17, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      Hi Lisa! In our area, almost every business will let you have them for the asking… also check Craigslist!

    2. Wanda April 1, 2016 at 10:09 am

      Craigslist. ..Free …pallets

  3. Barb Fenton April 19, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    I love, love, love the laundry sign! What are the length of the boards used for it? The approximate finished size?

    1. Kathy Woodard May 22, 2015 at 8:09 am

      Hi Barb! That project was by Denise at ‘Denise on a Whim’ and her contact link is there with her project… I’m sure she would be glad to help with your question!


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