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Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Easiest Way to Make Affordable Farmhouse Signs

A super easy to make affordable farmhouse signs without fancy cutting machines! 

Do you remember the time I made signs out of foam board?  They were seriously the easiest signs I have ever made and are what started me on my love for sign making.  I don't own a Cricut (what is wrong with me?),  so all the signs I make are super easy, including this affordable gather farmhouse sign.
easy farmhouse signs, fall decor

It's also made from foam board (bought for a dollar at Dollar Tree!) and involves minimal tools and effort.  I used my favorite mitre saw to cut the wood dowels, but you can make this sign with a simple X-ACTO knife or small hand saw.  When I say easy, I really do mean easy!

Supplies needed to make easy farmhouse signs
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- Black Foam Board (I bought mine from the Dollar Tree)
- (2) 1/2" square dowels
- Ruler
- Rotary mat (optional)

I did all my cutting on a large rotary mat, but you can always lay your foam board on cardboard or another flat surface.  foam board and vinyl letters for DIY sign
You can make your sign any size you wish, but since I was using 4 inch vinyl letters I decided to make the height of mine 5 1/2".  I measured the foam board using a ruler then cut the board with an X-ACTO knife.
Cutting foam board

Supplies for diy farmhouse sign
Since fall is fast approaching and I'm in the middle of fall decorating I went with a simple "gather" sign to tie in with my fall decor.
vinyl letters on foam board
After I was done carefully laying my vinyl letters onto my foam board I cut the square dowels using my mitre saw then stained them using Minwax Special Walnut.  As I mentioned before, if you don't have a saw you can easily cut the dowels with an X-ACTO knife or small hand saw.
stain and wood for farmhouse signs
Once the stain was dry (make sure it is fully dry for best results) I used wood glue to attach each trim piece to the foam board.  See, I told you it was easy!
attaching vinyl letters to make farmhouse sign, fall decor

attaching wood trim to farmhouse sign, fall decor
To avoid nailing holes in the wall, I hung the sign using command poster hangers.
easy farmhouse signs, farmhouse sign, fall decor

An easy way to make affordable farmhouse signs

easy farmhouse sign, fall decor

easy and affordable farmhouse sign, farmhouse sign, fall decor

easy farmhouse signs, farmhouse signs, fall decor

The possibilities are endless when it comes to these easy and affordable farmhouse signs.   Whether you make them for seasonal or every day decor, they are a great affordable option to buying expensive wood signs.  Plus, you would never know they were made from foam board!

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  1. love this! did you glue to the dowels on top of the sign or to the side of the sign?

    1. Thank you! I glued the dowels to the sides of the board to create a frame.

  2. I'm so glad I subscribed to your blog! I love your creativity. I definitely want to try this project. Thanks for the inspiration. Great job!

    1. Awe, thank you! I'm glad you are inspired and enjoy following along :)

  3. I would never have guessed that the background for your sign was foam board from the dollar store! Looks great!

    1. I know, right? It truly is the easiest (and cheapest!) way to fake a real wood sign.

  4. Why have I never thought to use foam board before?! So smart and cost efficient!

  5. I made one, turned out great, well the second time :)

  6. What a great project, and so simple! Can I ask where your black dresser is from? Thanks much!

  7. The idea was very interesting. And why was this idea unthinkable to me? Once I found the tutorial, I instantly made one and great result. I want to make again. Thanks for the tutorial. If anyone want to make a home design according to your liking, is the best choice. They offer eco-friendly homes and cost-effective; also professionals developers and guarantee the perfect house for you.

  8. The article is very interesting, I followed the above given procedure and completed the work with the same result as discussed above. I really enjoyed the procedure, it was very simple and easy to implement.