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Homemade Teacher Gifts: Easy Wood Sign Tutorial

Homemade Teacher Gifts: Easy Wood Sign Tutorial

by Jocie Hagan (email Jocie) | | August 19, 2014 | 15 Comments »

Izzie is about to start Kindergarten this year and I was reminded of some of my favorite teacher gifts from preschool last year, including this easy wood sign tutorial. We gave these to her teachers at the holidays and it brought me such joy to see them hanging in the classroom the rest of the year!

Homemade teacher gifts: Easy Wooden Sign Tutorial from One Project Closer

Teachers get tons and tons of gifts through the years, so I was unsure how to make it personal and also not give them just another gift card, soap, or cookie. The morning of craft night, I decided to go with my strengths and paint wooden signs for each of the teachers using printables, carbon paper, and paint pens.

The Teacher Alphabet

I found one great idea from Bloom Designs but the printable was no longer available, so I created my own. Feel free to click on the image and download it!

alphabet

It was the most basic of the three but really adorable. Instead of the “o” I free-handed an apple.

Wooden Sign Tutorial for homemade teacher gifts from One Project Closer

Wooden Sign Tutorial for homemade teacher gifts from One Project Closer

Wooden Sign Tutorial for homemade teacher gifts from One Project Closer

Wooden Sign Tutorial for homemade teacher gifts from One Project Closer

Teaching Kids to Love Learning

This was my favorite printable of the three, from Blissful Roots and available to download from her site!

Wooden Sign Tutorial for homemade teacher gifts from One Project Closer

Wooden Sign Tutorial for homemade teacher gifts from One Project Closer

A Big Heart!

I love this printable from Bitsy Creations available to download from her site, and thought it was a nice compliment to the previous printable. Instead of tracing the outside grid, I used a ruler and paint pen after I painted the interior.

Wooden Sign Tutorial for homemade teacher gifts from One Project Closer

Wooden Sign Tutorial for homemade teacher gifts from One Project Closer

Easy Wooden Sign Tutorial

This was a super simple gift idea that cost next to nothing to make and used all supplies I had on hand. Also, I know it looks hard, but honestly, you can’t do it wrong!

Not to toot my own horn, but I’m pretty awesome with a paint brush. But I wanted to give you some tips so that you can make yours just as awesome, with little effort!

Supplies Needed:

  • Paint pens or small brush and acrylic paint
  • carbon paper
  • printed out design
  • Scrap Plywood cut to 10×13
  • pencil

Ethan cut out a bunch of 10×13″ wood signs using 1 inch scrap plywood. He said it only took him about 5 minutes!

Once they came home to me (the signs, that is), I painted them all white using acrylic paint, but I’ve also used chalk paint and leftover wall paint in the past. While they dried, I searched for printables on Pinterest and found a few fabulous and printed them out.

After they were totally dry, I took a piece on carbon paper and placed it dark side down on the painted wood.

carbon paper

Then, I centered the printable on the wood and taped both the paper and carbon paper to the wood.

printable

Using my pencil, I traced the design onto the paper. You don’t need to press hard at all.

Tracing

Finally, I used paint pens to trace the carbon copy on the wood. Truthfully, I think a paint brush and acrylic is faster (for me), but paint pens make for very neat work for smaller designs.

Wooden Sign Tutorial for homemade teacher gifts from One Project Closer

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15 Responses to Homemade Teacher Gifts: Easy Wood Sign Tutorial

  • keri @ shaken together responds...
    December 3rd, 2013 7:25 am

    I absolutely LOVE these – the red/green alphabet sign is my favorite!

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  • cassie responds...
    December 3rd, 2013 10:00 am

    these are adorable, jocie! love the color combo, too!

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  • Shannon responds...
    December 3rd, 2013 11:00 am

    These are super cute! Paint pens are definitely the way to go – I’m going to have to try this.

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  • Leanne @ And Away We Go!! responds...
    December 3rd, 2013 3:21 pm

    These are incredible, would completely melt my heart to see one of my students walk in with one!

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  • Kathryn responds...
    December 3rd, 2013 4:38 pm

    As a teacher, I am loving these signs! They are really fun and fresh looking. I think I’d hang them up in my classroom for sure! Nice!

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  • Vanessa responds...
    December 3rd, 2013 5:58 pm

    Those are absolutely amazing!

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  • Ashley responds...
    December 3rd, 2013 8:40 pm

    These are absolutely adorable! I love them!

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