You can easily bring the holiday season spirit into your home with these handmade DIY burlap Christmas signs. Not only is it a fun project for the whole family, but also makes great gifts as well!
I’m a planner by nature. I love to calculate and organize what I’ll need, how it’ll happen, when it’ll need to be happen, where it’ll happen… you get the point.
However, it never fails. Every Christmas, I just seem to need a few more gifts for friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. It’s a little irksome to be completely honest!
But, you want to know my secret?! You’ve probably already guessed it, and you’re absolutely right. I love to create extra handmade signs for just-in-case gifts! They’re creative, handmade, and from the heart. Quite frankly, they’re perfect.
How to Create Your Own Burlap Christmas Signs
Before we get started, and (just in case you’ve never stopped by my neck of the woods before!) I love to share my three favorite things on my blog: DIY, Design, and Decor projects.
Some of my all-time faves would have to be my How to Use Vinyl Stencils to Create Your Own Signs (Video Tutorial) then my dreamy DIY coffee station and last, but not least, my shop that features custom hand drawn vectors that make all of your crafting projects a breeze.
Now, let’s get this party started with some DIY Burlap Christmas Signs!
- 1–Piece of scrap wood (7″ x 9″)
- 1–Piece of scrap wood (5.5″ x 8″)
- Decorative ribbon
- Black paint (furniture paint, latex, or acrylic)
- Red paint (furniture paint, latex, or acrylic)
- Blue paint (furniture paint, latex, or acrylic)
- White paint (latex or acrylic paint)
- Heavy duty staple gun OR super glue
- Paint brushes
- Silhouette CAMEO and Mat
- Vinyl and Transfer Tape
- Squeegee (or a Credit Card)
- Template downloads
1. Cleaning and painting.
Whenever you’re using wood (especially scrap wood!) it’s essential to clean it off to ensure that your paint will adhere to it. You can do this two ways:
a.) with a rough brush or old washcloth OR
b.) sanding down the surface
Ultimately, which method you use will depend on your desired look for the wood. For example, if you want to keep a lot of that gorgeous wood texture you’ll want to use a rough brush.
Note: Please feel free to use any type of wood for this project. I literally used the first piece of wood I found in my garage!
After you’ve cleaned off your wood it’s time to paint. Apply an even coat of red paint to your 5.5″ x 8″ piece of scrap wood, and the blue paint to your 7″ x 9″ piece.
I absolutely love, love, loveeee Fusion Mineral Paint, but please feel free to use any paint you have on hand. I only used one coat on my blocks, but use your own color/thickness preferences for the number of paint coats you use.
2. Download templates.
Your paint might need some time to dry (depending on the amount of layers you used) so now is the perfect time to download the FREE Christmas templates for this project.
3. Cut out the templates.
Using your Silhouette CAMEO, Cricut, or whatever you prefer, go ahead and cut out the templates using your vinyl and mat.
Need help cutting out the templates? Check out these tutorials!
4. Remove your vinyl from mat.
Now that the designs have been cut out, remove the vinyl from your mat, and apply your transfer tape. I highly recommend using your squeegee to apply your transfer tape to the vinyl to get a nice firm grip.
After it’s been applied remove your backing from your vinyl, and pull out the pieces of your design that you will no longer need.
5. Staple or glue the burlap to your wood blocks.
In this next step we’re going to apply the burlap to your wood blocks. Make sure to get a snug fit, and then staple or glue it to the backside of your wood.
NOTE: If you’re using the super glue method try using rubber bands to hold your burlap in place while it dries.
6. Add another round of paint.
Flip your signs back to the front side and apply a coat of white paint down the center of your burlap.
Short on time? Use a blowdryer to speed up your paint dry time.
7. Apply and paint template on your sign
Once your white paint has dried it is time to apply the template designs.
Apply the Joy design horizontally to your red sign, and then the Christmas tree to your blue sign vertically.
Ensure that you measure and line up your vinyl evenly on your sign so it goes on correctly, and then using your squeegee firmly push down.
DIY Burlap Christmas Signs Video Tutorial
8. Remove your transfer tape.
Then, remove your transfer tape so that only your vinyl is on your signs.
9. Paint the design on your sign.
Can you believe you’re almost done?! All that is left is to paint the inside of your template design. I’m just using a paintbrush to color in mine, but a paint pen could definitely work as well.
NOTE: You’ll probably need to add a few layers to get your design to look completed. The burlap is bumpy so keep that in mind while you are painting all of the little cracks and crevices within the design.
10. Final touches!
Yay!! This is the best part. The final touches!! You can now add twine, color ribbon, small ornaments, glitter, whatever. Glam your DIY Burlap Christmas Sign up the way you want to see it displayed in your home.
Wasn’t that fun and easy? It’s definitely something a little different then the same ol’ Christmas signs you always see ANDDDD not only are they customizable, but also serve as gorgeous decor in your home or a gift.
Now, go get your craft on, and I’ll see you soon!
Looking for more crafty projects?
You may also enjoy these other burlap inspired ideas:
- Christmas Dining Table Ideas (using Burlap!)
- Rustic Christmas Tree Burlap Garland
- How to Make a Burlap Wreath