How to make outdoor wood signs

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Making an outdoor wooden sign does not have to be a task that is difficult to accomplish. While elaborate signs may have raised or carved letters, you can make your own outdoor wooden sign a work of art with a bit of paint and a few stencils. It should take no more than an afternoon to complete, and after the sign has dried, it will be ready to hang.

Lay out the design you want to create on a piece of paper with a pencil and the lettering stencils. By doing this, you will be able to determine where to place the lettering for the best effect. A 30 x 30 cm (12 x 12 inch) board is a great size for your first wooden sign.

Lay a sheet of carbon paper on the wooden board.

Lay the piece of paper with your design on top of the carbon paper.

Center the paper and carbon paper on the board. Tape the corners to hold it in place.

Use the pencil to trace the outline of each letter and any artwork from the paper to the wood.

Remove the paper and carbon paper. Your design should be transferred onto the wood.

Use artist's paintbrushes to fill in each letter with exterior house paint. The colours you use are your choice; you may want them to match your home or you may choose brighter colours to make the sign more attractive.

Allow the pain to dry overnight or until no longer sticky to the touch, and hang your completed sign in an area where it can be enjoyed.

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