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Love the rustic wood sign look?

Stained wood signs with black and white typography are oh so popular for wall art. Today, I’m sharing a free printable that adds instant character and interest to your walls without breaking the bank! Just print this simple black and white engineering print from your local printing store and hanging it as stylish wall art! It’s a decorating hack that I love and use often.

paper that reads "in a world where you can be anything, be kind"

These poster-sized prints typically used for building plans can actually be a fun and frugal way to personalize your space while emulating more expensive looking typography signs found in boutiques and home decor stores/websites.

No special craft machine needed!

I LOVE this idea as it’s super simple and doesn’t require a stencil or vinyl cutting machine. Anyone can easily do this! In fact, feel free to use the image below that I created for my project (if you like it).


"in a world where you can be anything, be kind"
Go HERE to SAVE .JPG file or HERE to PRINT .PDF file

Want a different quote or saying?

Create your own printable quote easily by using free online design tools, such as picmonkey.com or canva.com.


stained wooden boards on a table

We decided to make our own farmhouse style frame using a few inexpensive pieces of wood from the hardware store, and I’m including how we did that below. If you wanted to skip the DIY and use a poster frame, that is definitely an option, too!


DIY Farmhouse Style Typography Sign

Print

Supplies Needed

  • 24 x 36 inch black & white engineering print
  • 24 x 36 inch wood board (I bought a 24 x 47 inch piece of MDF wood and cut to size.)
  • 4 pieces of wood trim (I used wood Poplar Board cut to size)
  • stain for wood trim
  • any kind of white paint for board
  • double-sided tape
  • nail gun & compressor

Directions

1

Get your enlarged engineering print made at a local print shop or office supply store. I purchase a 24×36 inch print for just $3.59 at my local Staples. (The store should provide you with an email to send your photo file.) Mine was printed within ten minutes!

2

If making a frame, choose a wood board for the backing. I used a 1/2 inch thick piece of MDF wood as it is much smoother than plywood. (Have the wood cut to the size of your print at the hardware store if desired.)

3

Choose a wood trim for the frame. There are so many different options and price points for this. I went with some inexpensive wood hobby boards.

4

Paint the wood board white and let dry. I didn’t want any wood showing through, as the paper is really thin.

5

Stain the wood with a rag and let dry. I’m using Minwax in Expresso here.

6

Attach the engineering print to piece of wood. I just used permanent double stick tape, but you could alternatively use a decoupage medium like Mod Podge.

7

Nail the stained wood trim to the frame. My trim is placed flush to the wood board sideways, and then I nailed it down as a simple “butt joint.” The butt joint is the simplest joint to make since it involves cutting the wood to the appropriate length and butting them together.


I LOVE how my oversized farmhouse sign turned out!

What a neat focal point for the wall, and I didn’t have to spend a ton of money to get the look of a high-end large typography sign. And, ready for this? This project came in at about $20 in materials… So fun!


Lina (lina@hip2behome.com) loves cooking new recipes, thrift store shopping, and DIY home decor projects.

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