I’m sure you’ve seen a wooden welcome sign before, but I put my own personal spin on this one and am so happy with how it turned out!
This project is my entry to the 2×4 Project Challenge. More details on that below. I hope you love this project as much as I do. Read all the details on how you can make one below!
2×4 Project Challenge Details
I’ve joined with a few of my talented blogger friends on an amazing 2×4 Challenge Project. We’re all Admins and Moderators in a fun and inspiring Facebook Group for lovers of DIY & Woodworking.
If you’d like to join the group keep reading and I’ll tell you how to make that happen. But first, check out all these other fabulous and inspiring projects created by my talented friends.
A 2×4 Challenge is when you build something using only construction lumber such as 2×2, 2×4, 2×6, etc etc. It’s a great way for beginners to start building, and it’s very budget friendly too.
Every project was made using 2x4s. Amazing, right!?
By Brittany Goldwyn – DIY Step Stool for Toddlers
Anika’s DIY Life – DIY Table Saw Stand With Folding Outfeed Table
Girl, Just DIY! – DIY 2×4 Plant Stand
The Handyman’s Daughter – DIY Outdoor Coffee Table
Hazel + Gold Designs – DIY Wooden Welcome Sign (you’re here!)
If you’d like to join our Facebook Group click here to apply. Don’t forget to leave us some comments and tell us what you love best about working with 2x4s.
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DIY WOODEN WELCOME SIGN INSTRUCTIONS:
- 2 – 2×4 Studs
- 2 – 2×4 Boards
- Off-white Paint
- Black Spray Paint
- Scroll Saw (if cutting your own letters)
- Contact Paper (
- Letter Cutouts
- Wood Glue
- Pocket Hole Jig
- Pocket Hole Screws
- Super glue
Step 1: Cut out (or buy) letters
As you can see here, I used my scroll saw to cut out the letters for WELCOME. You can do this, or you can head over to the your local craft/hobby store and see if they sell wooden letter cutouts in the size you need.
If you’re cutting them out on your scroll saw, here’s how I do it. Cover the wood with contact paper. Print the letters out in the size you need and use spray glue to attach the letter onto the contact paper.
Cut the letters apart with the scroll saw. Then cut out each letter. For any letters that have centers, drill into those then use that hole to cut with the scroll saw blade.
To finish off the letters, spray paint them black!
Step 2: Cut 2×4 boards and sand
Take your 2×4 studs and cut them into 12″ long pieces. Determine how tall your want your sign to be and cut enough pieces to make it that height. I wanted my sign to be about 48″ tall so I ended up using 13 pieces for the backing of the sign. Sand each piece thoroughly with 80 grit then 180 grit then 220 grit. It’s a lot of sanding but it will pay off when you go to paint!
Step 3: Drill Pocket Holes
To attach your sign together use a pocket hole jig. I drilled two pocket holes on each end of each of the 13 2×4 pieces. I then drilled pocket holes to attach the frame together as well.
Step 4: Assemble the Wooden Welcome Sign
Use clamps, a drill, and pocket hole screws to assemble the entire wooden welcome sign. Flip all the pieces onto their fronts, clamp them securely and screw them all together.
Then attach the letters to the front with super glue. Place heavy books on top of the letters while the super glue dries.
Step 5: Finished!
There you go! You now have a beautiful sign to welcome your guests when they arrive at your porch. The best thing about this sign is that it’s fairly heavy and very sturdy so it will not blow over easily in the wind. (Can you tell we have a lot of wind here in Indiana?)
Here’s an up close view of the sign. I just love it!
It is the perfect addition to my front porch.
Let me know what you think in the comments! Are you going to try to make one? It’s such an inexpensive and fun addition to the front porch and really doesn’t take a ton of skills. You can do it!
Go create something!