8 Ideas for Letters for Wooden Signs 8 Ideas for Letters for Wooden Signs

Adding self-made letters for wooden signs is a great way to personalize it to communicate what you want it to say. The ideas below are inexpensive and fun. Choose whichever medium appeals to you.

1. Pre-Cut Wood Letters

You can buy these at any dollar or craft store. They are inexpensive and come in a variety of styles and sizes of height and thickness. Lightly sand these down with fine grade sandpaper and wipe them with a damp cloth. You are now ready to paint or decorate as desired. Once finished, use a glue gun to secure them unto the wood.

2. Stencils

Stencils are easy and fun. You can buy them or download them from the Internet and print them off. The advantage of using stencils is that your letters will be perfectly shaped. You’ll want to use a small paintbrush to fill in the stencils with paint. Use acrylic paint as it can be easily wiped off with water. You can also use water and smudge proof makers – choose colors that contrast with the background color you’ve painted the sign so that they will stand out.

3. Stickers

It won’t get any easier than this. Just peel and stick! Before purchasing certain kinds of stickers, find out if they bond with wood; most do.

4. Felt

Felt is soft to the touch, is easy to work with, and comes in a variety of colors. Simply trace a letter onto the felt (use can use stencils), cut, and paste.

5. Food

Dried food can be especially fun for young kids. You can work with what you find in your cupboard: rice, pasta, cheerios, etc. First, trace an outline of the letter on the painted surface of the wood. Next, fill in the letter with glue from the glue gun. Gently place the dried food on the glue.

6. Diamond Dust

Trace an outline of the letter on the painted surface of the wood. Fill the letter with glue from the glue gun. Sprinkle on the diamond dust generously since it is so fine. One it has dried, blow off the excess dust or shake the sign gently. Warning, this can get messy!

7. Dried Flowers and Leaves

Pick flowers and leaves from outside and let them dry out. When they start to harden, apply hairspray which will prevent them from falling apart. Trace an outline of the letter on the painted surface of the wood. Fill the letter with glue from the glue fun. Gently apply the dried flowers and leaves inside the outline.

8. Magnets

Remember those little plastic colored letter magnets we played with on the fridge when we were kids? Apply glue to the backs of the letters and gently press them down on the wood, hold them in place for 30 seconds or until they are thoroughly bonded to the painted surface.

Tips on Using a Glue Gun

  • Make sure you don’t leave your glue gun plugged in too long, as it can overheat and melt.
  • Make sure children are always supervised when using the glue gun.
  • Take care not to get hot glue on your fingers. This can burn and be difficult to peel off.

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