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Cedar Wall Signs

DIY for Under $1.00

Cedar Sign

Cedar sign

Great gift idea for under $1.00!  I’m always looking for cheap craft ideas and this is just what I needed for my next project. An entire pallet of cedar shingles for only $10.00. I figured I could make at least 20 wall signs from that pallet, and that equate to about 50 cents each. Perfect little craft project if you’re on a budget.


Here’s a quick how to video

I know that was really fast, so let me give you step-by-step instructions. This is so easy a six-year-old can do it. In fact, this would make a great gift for your kiddo’s teacher. Put the teachers name on it and and a fun quote and you have a personalized gift for less than $1.00 after you buy the supplies.

Ok let’s get started….Here’s what you will need

supplies to make signCedar Shingles

Sample size paint in a few different colors (you can buy it at Home depot or any craft store)

  • Water
  • A roll of twine
  • Pallet of Cedar under course shingle (Home Depot)
  • 2 paint sticks (FREE at Home Depot)
  • Wood glue or a staple gun
  • Scissors
  • 3 chip Brushes (one for each color)
  • Philip screw driver
  • Hammer
  • Paper towel
  • Elmer’s glue (I forgot to put it in the picture)
  • Wall decals (I bought mine at the Dollar store)
  • Optional (paint your own design on the wood)

Step 1:

Select 1 -3 piece of wood you want to use

Cedar Wall SignCedar Wall Sign

Step 2:

Use your screw driver and hammer (Phillip’s)  and pop a hole in the corners of one piece of wood

screw driverMake hole with screw driver

Step 3:

Line up your wood and glue the paint stick to the back. Place something heavy on the paint sticks so it will adhere to the cedar planks and let dry. Or you can use a staple gun like I did.

Paint cans on sticks

Step 4:

Pour a little of each color paint into separate plastic containers and add a little water if you want a weather look. Using your chip brush paint the wood leaving some open areas and heavier in other areas. You can even dry brush sporadically to give it more interest.


If you want to soften the colors and blend it in, use some paper towels and lightly remove some of the paint

Step 6:

Cut out the decals and glue them to where you want them.


Step 7:

Cut a piece of twine and pull the ends thought the holes and make two knots to hold it in place


Cedar Wall sign

Cedar sign

Looking for some fun quotes to use. I’d love to see your projects on my Facebook page.

Cheryl Phan

Cheryl Phan

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