Are you as obsessed with wooden signs as I am? My collection is definitely growing and I especially love signs with quotes. I came across an Irish Blessing quote from Thomas Osborne Davis and I knew right away that I wanted to make a welcome sign for my entryway!
Come at evening or at morning
Come when expected or without warning
A thousand welcomes you’ll find here before you
And the oftener you come, the more we’ll adore you
– Thomas Osborne Davis
I’m sharing some easy tips for creating this Irish Blessing Welcome Sign so you can have one for yourself without spending a fortune (and there’s NO TOOLS NEEDED)!
HOW TO MAKE AN IRISH BLESSING WELCOME SIGN:
- Sheet of plywood and balsa wood strips (see details below)
- Paint pen
- Carbon paper
- Wood glue
So, here’s what makes this project so easy. You can find everything you need at a craft store! There’s no need to go to the home improvement store for the wood. I found this sheet of birch plywood already cut to the perfect size (there were multiple sizes available, but I chose 12in x 24in).
Right next to the plywood were these long strips of balsa wood! Why on earth have I never used this stuff before? It’s so lightweight! It feels more like foam than wood. They were perfect for framing out my sign.
I ended up needing 3 strips of balsa wood to frame out my sign. I simply measured the length I needed and marked it with a pencil. Then, I cut each piece with an Xacto knife. You can actually just snap them in half but I was able to get a nice clean cut with the Xacto.
First, I painted the sheet of plywood with white chalky paint that was watered down a little so it would show some of the natural wood underneath. Then I stained the balsa wood with a dark walnut stain.
I typed up my quote in Canva using a template that was the size of my plywood. Canva allows you to add line and text spacing so I was able to get the words lined up just the way I wanted them.
I then printed the quote by choosing the poster option. This broke it up into 4 sheets of paper. Make sure you check the option to add crop marks. These will help you line everything up correctly!
I lined up the words and taped the pages together. You may want to tape them to the plywood in a few places just to make sure it doesn’t move around.
I used my favorite method to transfer the letters to the wood…carbon paper!
Just slide it underneath the paper with the carbon side facing down and start tracing. This part can be a little tedious but it’s totally worth it when you’re done!
Once all the words were traced onto the board, I filled them in with a black paint pen.
Finally, I framed out the sign with the balsa wood strips. Since these are so lightweight, I just used wood glue. It worked pretty well.
I love the way it turned out and it looks great over my mudroom bench!
See! No big tools or equipment needed and since I already had the paint and stain, this project only costs me about $15!
So, what do you think? I’m thinking I’m about to be a crazy sign making lady!
If you love this Irish Blessing Welcome Sign, check out the posts below to see my other projects using the carbon paper transfer method!