DIY Custom Rustic Signage

This past summer, I was given the honor of preparing a very special surprise gift for my Auntie Margie during her wedding vow renewal ceremony! Auntie Margie is so very special to me! She has been battling stage four breast cancer and is the picture of the Lord’s strength and grace throughout this trial in her life. She is such an example to me! You could imagine my excitement when the church asked me to prepare a special gift using one of her favorite passages “I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth” Psalm 34:1


I used 8″ wide lightweight boards from the hardware store and mounted them on 1’x4′ horizontal boards. Using a wood stain that I had on hand, each board was stained, waxed, and accented with watered down blue & green paints to create subtle color and texture.

The lettering design was created in Adobe Illustrator, printed, traced, and hand painted with a fine brush. Warning: This takes a very long time! If I had the tools, I would create a stencil and speed the process up quite a bit. But it was totally worth it for this project and I’d do it again in a heartbeat! :)Psalm34.1.4

I love the final result so much, that I totally want to make one for my own home! I keep checking craigslist for a vinyl cutter at a good price… the search continues.Psalm34.1.2

It looks just fabulous on her mantle! And don’t you just love her Christmas decor?
Lots of love,

17 thoughts on “DIY Custom Rustic Signage

  1. Jenn

    Mary, this is one of my favorite projects! I think of it OFTEN and wonder if I could pull it off someday…maybe! You are incredibly talented!

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  3. Tara B

    What do you mean when you say each board was waxed? It is a beautiful piece. Not sure I could pull off the green and blue accents. Do you have any tutorials?

  4. Rosie Laine

    Hello Mary, I saw this picture on Pinterest and fell in love!! When I went onto your website, I love how you give the Lord all the Glory. Well, I have absolutely no interior decorating creativity, but do want to give this one a shot. Can you let me know what size and what kind of font you used for the scripture? I also wanted to know what kind of paint did you use for the font as well. I’m sure as I begin the project, I may have more ??’s. You are truly blessed with a gift and thank you for sharing it! – Rosie

    1. becauseiliketodecorate Post author

      Hi Rosie! Thank you very much! The font I believe is “Zapfino” for the script and a basic “Times new roman” or something similar for the base font. I used some Chalk paint I had on hand for the lettering. Specifically “Old White” by Annie Sloan. I am just now catching up from a bit of a blogging break. Family first, ya know. But please let me know if you have any further questions :)

  5. Sandi

    This answered my question about the signage! I love it, it is beautiful! I will have to look into making it too! Thank you for your wonderful, inspiring website!


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