How to make door signs out of screens

Customize door signs

Door signs attract attention. If they were also creatively designed or have humorous lettering, the handicraft project is a success. Read here how you can design your own door sign step by step and what you need for it.

Door signs come in all shapes and colors. While the signs were originally supposed to provide information about what was behind the front door, nowadays they are hung in all kinds of places. Whether on the wall, by the window or above the stove in the kitchen - the square or round tables can be found everywhere. Above all, funny and cheeky sayings then attract attention and make guests and residents smile. Read on to find out how to make your very own individual wooden sign.

Required material

  • computer
  • Printer paper
  • Cardboard
  • duct tape
  • cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • PVC rigid film
  • pencil
  • Wooden board (plywood or solid wood, one to two centimeters thick)
  • Jigsaw
  • Abrasive paper (100 grit)
  • Acrylic paint
  • small round brush or sponge
  • Protective varnish

Draft design

Before you can start with the manual work, you should first consider what shape your door plate should have, what size is right, what color is required and, most importantly, what is written on it - a word or a whole sentence? Let your creativity run free and, if necessary, look for inspiration on the Internet or in magazines. As soon as you have an exact idea of ​​your door hanger, you can start working.

Tinker stencil

Use the computer to design the text you want in different fonts and sizes. Then the favorite sketch is printed out and attached to photo cardboard with adhesive tape. Then you can cut out the letters with a cutter - beforehand put a cutting mat underneath. For a durable stencil, it is best to use rigid PVC film (available from handicrafts). If letters such as “b” or “o” are not to be completely filled in, leave small bars at the top and bottom to hold the inner surfaces in place.

Sawing out

The finished template is now placed on the wooden board. Then you can trace the template and the outline with a pencil. The outer shape is then cut out with the jigsaw. You should sand the edges smooth.

Paint wood

Now prime the sign in the shade of your choice with diluted acrylic paint or wood stain. The wood structure comes into its own if you regrind the dried sign again. Please make sure to always paint and sand in the direction of the grain.

Decorate shield

Fix the tinkered template to the sign with adhesive tape. Dab a little paint on the stencil with a small round brush or sponge. When the decoration and writing on the wood are dry, seal the sign with transparent protective varnish, so it stays beautiful longer.

Template examples

If you like the example below, you can simply print out the template in the size you want and get started.