Two for One
This DIY Reversible Holiday Sign is perfect for this time of year. You get 2-sides for the price of one! You not only save money, but you can save space. You don’t need to buy or store two decorations. Sounds great right? The best part is, they’re super easy to make yourself.
The stencils we used to make our reversible holiday sign are available in our booth at the Market at Walnut Creek in Tulsa, OK or you can purchase them from our online store. As the season progresses, we’ll add more options.
Story Behind the Project
At Curbside Overhaul, we love happy accidents or when projects naturally come together without forcing them. This was one of those projects. Our fence was in quite poor shape, so as we started to replace it, we were brainstorming what we could do with the scraps. These signs are quite popular within the DIY community. we wanted to do a project that was easily recognizable, but still allowed us to be creative. The reversible holiday sign seemed to be the perfect answer.
Reversible Holiday Sign Tutorial
- 4-5 pieces of Scrap Wood (We recommend something about 1″ x 3″ x 32″)
- Drill and Drill Bit
- Chalk-based paint (Ballet White and Lime Lime)
- Acrylic Paint
- Reversible Holiday Sign Stencils
Step One. Cut the Boards.
This step will largely depend on what kind of scrap wood you have available. We had fence panels, so we cut them apart in groups of 3 or 4.
We removed the board that held them together and cut them down to 32 inches in length. For the extra board that holds it all together, we used one 27 inches long, but it’ll depend on how wide your boards are.
Step Two: Arrange the Boards.
This step lends itself to your own preference. Our first reversible holiday sign had all the boards straight across. This time we staggered the boards.
Step Three. Put It All Together.
Pre-drill holes in the top board. You’ll need holes along each of the boards. Then add the screws to hold the boards together.
Once that step is complete, you’re ready to paint!
Step Four. Paint.
We wanted to keep the old look of the wood, so we used a dry brush technique. We lightly coated our paint brush and lightly brushed onto the scrap wood. If you want complete coverage, just cover the brush and paint layers until you get the coverage you want. Check out this blog post to learn more about using One-Step Paint.
Step Five. Add Your Stencil.
You can use your own stencils or purchase one our SVG cut files to make your own.
Pick out the unwanted pieces of the stencil. In most cases, you’ll remove the actual design and just leave the negative space.
Next, loosely add some low tack tape to help keep the finer details from coming off as you peel off the backing. We use tape in place of transfer tape because it’s not as difficult to remove. Once the backing is removed, remove the tape.
Step Six. Paint Your Face.
We used acrylic paint and painted along the designs of the stencil. Make sure you leave a comment below with your favorite design!
Need More Holiday Ideas?
Looking for eco-friendly holiday ideas? Check out these posts!
Minimalist Christmas – Design Life Hacks
Gifts You Can Make From the Garden – Little Sprouts Learning Garden
How to Cure Olives for the Holidays – Suburban Salt Co.
How to Decorate with Squash – Pink Paper Doll
Zero Waste Christmas Gifts: Mason Jar Recipes – Ever Change Productions
Don’t forget to pin this project for later!