Create a rustic farmhouse sign for St. Patrick’s Day to decorate your home! Paint the sign using a stencil and then add a sweet fabric banner to the bottom of the sign!
Today I’m excited to share the new farmhouse sign I made for our home! With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, this sign is a perfect way to decorate for the holidays. I painted the saying, “This home is built on Love and Shenanigans” onto the sign using a stencil I created with my Cricut Explore.
My favorite part of this new farmhouse sign is the cute shamrock banner I created for the bottom! The shamrocks are made from felt and scraps of fabric and they hang on a piece of twine with mini clothespins. We keep this sign up year round and I love to replace the shamrocks for different holidays! Below you can see some of the fun things I’ve hung on this sign including Christmas cards! The clothespins make it super easy to switch things up. The shamrocks are my favorite since they fit the saying of the sign so well so they are up most of the time!
Whether you make your own farmhouse sign or buy one, you could easily add twine to create an attached banner. I actually just taped the twine to the back of the sign so that I can easily let it out or pull it taught depending on what I am hanging. Since the sign leans against our mantle, you can’t see the tape!
I created the sign using my Cricut Explore and Cricut Stencil Vinyl. I decided to paint the words onto the sign rather than using vinyl to give it a more distressed and rustic look. Below you can check out how I made the sign! I also have a tutorial for making the Scrap Fabric Shamrock Banner plus a free template for the shamrocks!
DIY Farmhouse Sign
- Wooden board – I used two boards from Michael’s Craft store glued together
- Cricut Stencil Vinyl
- Cricut Vinyl Transfer Tape
- White paint
- Sponge pouncer
- Cricut Extra Long Mat – 12″ x 24″
- Ruler, tape, Cricut weeding tools
Step by Step Directions
Step One: Create a stencil for the sign and cut it out.
Create a stencil to use for your project with the wording you would like to use. I chose the saying “This home is built on Love and Shenanigans” and used my Cricut Explore to create the stencil. The fonts I used are Alice and Arabella. Make sure your words are less than 24″ if you want them to fit on an extra-long cutting mat.
Cut the design out using your Cricut machine and Stencil Vinyl. Make sure to smooth your vinyl onto the mat before cutting and change your settings to vinyl on your machine. I needed to cut my words out in two sections. The “This home is built on” was one cut, and “Love and Shenanigans” was a second cut. The extra long cutting mat worked well for this project. Once the two mats were cut, I weeded the design. Since I was making a stencil, I removed all of the letters and left the background.
Step Two: Prepare the sign for painting.
Use Cricut Vinyl Transfer Tape to transfer the stencil design to the board. This part took me the longest since I needed to measure and make sure my words would be centered and straight. Make sure to leave room at the bottom of the sign for the banner. My design ended 9″ above the bottom of my board (except for the “g” hanging down lower). I used scotch tape to help mark the sign and then made sure to remove it as soon as I could so it didn’t leave any marks. Press and smooth the stencil down to make sure paint won’t seep underneath.
Step Three: Paint the design!
Once the stencil was applied I was ready to paint! I used a sponge pouncer to apply the paint. This worked better than a paintbrush because it applied the paint in a vertical motion which meant less paint seeped under the stencil. I purposefully applied the paint unevenly to give the sign a more worn look. To do this, just use more paint in places and less paint in others. When the paint is dried, remove the Transfer Tape!
Step Four: Add the Shamrock banner!
My shamrock banner is made from stiffened felt and scraps of fabric. I have the complete tutorial for making your own on my blog. Follow the link below. You can also make a quick and easy banner using paper and patterned paper if sewing is not your jam.
I love the sign and I know I’ll have a lot of fun playing around with the banner each month. You can hang so many different things from the clothespins. Whether you make a handmade banner like the shamrock one or hang up cutout pieces of paper or greeting cards, it will be a fun and unique way to decorate your farmhouse sign!
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