DIY sign: How to transfer letters

Thinking about Christmas yet? Me too.

Started Christmas shopping yet? Ha! You make me laugh…neither have I

Well guess what, here is a (VERY) easy tutorial to get you started and in the Christmas spirit (YAY!) You can make signs for your neighbors, friends, co-workers, family, cousins, uncles, the Grinch, practically anyone.

(OooOOooooO….and I’ll tell you a secret….come closer….this tutorial isn’t just for this sign………it’s also a tutorial for transferring letters to wood!!!)

Cool beans, I know!

I made this one for a friend who is practically in L O V E with music. She sings it, writes it, plays it, gosh she’s good! And she will probably say something cause I put her name in here but oh well, 😊

“Hello Miss Hannah!”

Okay, are you ready to be filled with DIY knowledge? Here is how:

what you need




  • Wooden board as your sign
  • Paint
  • A phrase printed out in your desired font (like above)
  • Pencil

how to make it



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Start by making your sign. I glued 3 different pieces of wood together to make a sign 9.5” x 9.5”. Just use basic wood glue and let dry completely.

Next step is to paint it. Pick a very basic light color as your background. I choose white, and then did my letters in bold colored paint.

Let the paint dry completely (this is always so hard for me. I’m not exactly the most patient crafter in the world)

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Here is the part I was telling you about…


Print out your phrase.

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Flip over the paper and cover the entire back of the word with pencil graphite. Do this to all of the words.

DIY 078Now place the word where you want it on the sign, and trace.

Yep, THAT easy!

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When you lift up the paper, the graphite on the back side should have left a faint line. (I darkened the photo so you can see it on the screen)

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That’s how you transfer, now all you have to do is fill in the letters with sharpie or paint. I did paint. You have to go nice and slow but the turn out is lovely dear! I also distressed it with 120 grit sandpaper.

Add a saw tooth picture hanger to the back if you would like it to hang, and voila! You are done sugar plum! Hey that rhymed!

Wait for it…… Wait……Wait……ok,

I’m a poet and I didn’t know it! 😄


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Let me see yours!

Have super fun and enjoy.

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