Ginger Snap Crafts: How to Make a Large Outdoor Hand Painted Sign {tutorial}

How to Make a Large Outdoor Hand Painted Sign {tutorial}

This post was first seen on the DecoArt blog.

Hello! Happy Friday! Tonight is our first home football game. So we are excited! That means fall is just around the corner. :) Have you started decorating for fall yet? I haven’t! These pictures are from last year. ha! ;) I usually wait until there is a little nip in the air before I bust out the fall d├ęcor & pumpkins. 90 degrees just doesn’t feel fall enough to me. Buuuut it’s never too early to start on some fall projects so you’ll be ready! Don’t you just love the look of large hand painted signs? Buuuut think they look a little too hard to attempt yourself. Well, I’m here to show you how easy it is to make your own custom hand painted outdoor sign using some fabulous DecoArt products.

how to make a hand painted sign with DecoArt Outdoor Paint

harvest sign
For this project you will need:
DecoArt Patio Paint
Americana Decoupage
a chunky wood board
Silhouette CAMEO
vinyl stencil (I used this one from the Silhouette online store.)
paint brushes
coarse sandpaper

DecoArt Patio Paint outdoor

I used the DecoArt Patio Paint Outdoor for this project. I love the Decoart Patio Paint Outdoor because it holds up so well outside! It doesn’t crack or peel. You don’t need a sealer or any varnishing. It’s weather resistant, & it comes in so many fun colors! It’s just plain awesome!

Americana Decoupage

I also used the matte Decoupage. It’s great for project like this. First you will cut your vinyl stencil out using your Silhouette CAMEO.

making a sign
Then you will paint your board the color you want your letters to be. I wanted my letters to be dark brown so I used the DecoArt Patio Paint Outdoor in Woodland Brown for this step. Let your paint dry really well. I waited until the next day. Then you will apply your vinyl lettering on top. (If your paint isn’t thoroughly dried some paint might come off with your stencil later on. You don’t want that to happen! So make sure your paint is nice & dry!)
 painting a board
Then you will put a nice layer of the Americana Decoupage on top of the vinyl lettering with a foam brush. This will “seal” your vinyl lettering & prevent seepage of the contrasting paint color in just a bit. Yes, that’s awesome!

painting a hand painted sign
I let the Decoupage dry, and then I put two layers of Patio Paint Outdoor in Cloud White on top of that.

make your own sign
Then I removed the vinyl lettering. 
how to make a fall sign
I love those clean lines!

diy sign tutorial with DecoArt Patio Paint
I thought my sign needed a little bit of fall color so I used the Tiger Lily Orange & Sweet Pea Patio Paint Outdoor to paint the leaves on my sign.

diy painted sign tutorial #diy #decoart
I tried to add different strokes in different directions so my leaves wouldn’t look perfect! ;)

diy sign tutorial
After the all the paint was completely dried I used some coarse sandpaper to go over the whole board to rough it up a little bit. :)

fall entry way
I love how it turned out! It added the perfect fall touch to our front entry way.

harvest sign

Do you love decorating for fall?
Do you have any fun plans for this weekend?
I’d love to hear! Leave a comment below. :)

how to make a hand painted sign with DecoArt Outdoor Paint

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This post was created for Ginger Snap Crafts by Ginger Bowie.


  1. I love your sign, Ginger! Thanks for the great tutorial. :-)

  2. Hi Ginger, I love your sign. Did you make the "Hello Friends" too?

    1. Thank you! Yes, I made the Hello Friends sign the same way. I bought the wood plaque at Hobby Lobby. I used Little Daisy font for Hello & century gothic for friends. :)

  3. Your sign is great! Thank you for the great tutorial! Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  4. Ginger Decide to be brave and try my hand at being creative. I purchased a stickon Arkansas Razorback. If I adhere it and then seal would the stickon last. Thanks

    1. It depends on what kind of sticker it is. If it's a vinyl type sticker & can get wet I think it would.


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