Personalized Nameplate


Raise your hand if you’re thoroughly exhausted like me–woot, woot! With Christmas chaos ending and the month winding down, I decided against posting an easy, but multi-step, tin snowman craft I had planned. I thought, if you’re anything like me, the last thing on your mind would be to make some more winter decor. I realize I may be wrong, but if I’m not then you may appreciate the timing of this project.

I decided to go into my crafting vault to share what I consider to be my first successful DIY craft project– a personalized wooden sign.

The first sign I made hung in my oldest son’s nursery over 12 years ago and has remained on display in his room since. With each pregnancy, I made a new sign to reflect the name we chose for our next son. These signs are fast, simple and inexpensive to make, and were a nice distraction during the final months of my pregnancy.

Enjoy making some of these unique signs for yourself!image

What you’ll need:

* piece of wood wide enough to fit your letters
* wooden letters
* sandpaper
* latex and/or acrylic paint
* paintbrushes
* wood glue

1. Lightly sand your wooden board until it feels smooth to the touch. Wipe away sanding dust before painting with your preferred paint–latex, acrylic, oil, or spray paint. Allow to dry before applying a polyeurathane sealer.


2. Lightly sand the wooden letters and wipe away all sanding dust. Use a paint brush and acrylic paint to color the letters. Allow to dry before applying a polyeurathane sealer.


3. Working with one letter at a time, squirt a small amount of wood glue on the back of each letter and place on the board. Press firmly and wipe away any excess glue with a clean rag. Lay the letters out before gluing and use a level to ensure all letters are straight.



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Mary Evett is best known for being a stay-at-home mom of 3 athletic boys and turning thrift shop finds into fashionable DIY projects. She has a degree in advertising from the University of Texas at Austin and spent time in the real world working in advertising and marketing, but she found her niche after becoming a mom and refinishing her first piece of furniture. She writes about her testosterone-driven life on her personal blog JustMomMatters, and is a regular contributor to ModernMom, the Bump, eHow, Examiner, GlobalPost, and SFGate. When she’s not playing the referee or writing, you’ll find her in her garage sanding, painting, cutting, or gluing something together.

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  1. Julie Evett says:

    Nice job, they turned out great!