Friends, today I want to show you how to make this beautiful DIY gift bag wood sign for your front porch. This DIY is a little more complicated than the majority of my craft projects, but I am confident you can do it! As always, I am going to do my best to break this down for you step by step.
Before we get started, let’s go over a few things that will make this project a little less complicated. Having a chop saw at home is convenient, but not necessary to complete this project.These days the majority of home improvement stores will cut the wood for you for a very small fee. I recommend taking both your gift bag, and a tape measure with you when you go to purchase your wood. You can lay your gift bag on the wood and this will help you to get a better idea of how many pieces of wood you will need and what length to cut it. Then you can ask one of the nice employees to cut it to size.
You will need a drill for this project. If you don’t have one, glue it in place, and ask to borrow one from a friend or neighbor. I always recommend pre-drilling when you are making projects like this. Pre-drilling will keep your wood from splitting. That being said, you want to make sure you don’t pre-drill too deep into the wood or the screws will not hold.
Now that we covered the basics, let’s go over the materials that will be needed to complete this fun sign!
- 3 Furring strips – The amount of wood needed is going to depend on the size of bag you use
- Screws – I used 6 X 1 -1/4 drywall screws, bit was included in the box!
- Stain – I used Min-Wax in the color Dark walnut
- old rag & gloves for stain
- Green chalk paint – I used A Frayed Knot paint line in the color spruce.
- White chalk paint – I used Waverly Chalk paint in the color plaster
- Paint brushes
- Cute gift bag
- Mod Podge
- Hot glue gun
- Staple gun
- Ribbon & Greenery to embellish
Step 1: First, pre-stain all the wood pieces front and back. To do this, dip an old rag into the stain, rub it on the wood, and then wipe it off with the other end of the rag. Always wear gloves when working with stain. Allow to dry.
Step 2: Line the longer pieces of wood up in a straight line. Next, lay the two shorter pieces horizontally and portion them how you want them to look. Make sure the horizontal pieces are long enough so that a screw will fit in each of the vertical boards. This is how everything will stay together. Pre-drill both the horizontal pieces. You will want to run a screw through each vertical board. If you want, you can hot glue the shorter boards on before drilling. I do this just so I can see how it will look. I can then adjust it before drilling if I got it crooked.
Step 3: Dry brush the white paint onto the boards. To do this, dip your brush in white paint, brush some off, and then brush it onto your project. Allow the white paint to dry completely before moving on.
Step 4: Repeat step three using the green paint. Allow to dry completely before moving on.
Step 5: Now it is time to start working on the gift bag. Cut the side of the bag with the image off, and tear all four edges around the image. Ripping the edges will help to give a rustic look to the sign.
Step 6: Dip an old rag into some stain, rub some off, and then rub it over the gift bag. Again, doing this will just add to that rustic look we are going for. Allow the bag to dry.
Step 7: Brush Mod Podge all over the back of the torn gift bag, and stick it on your board sign. Make sure it is centered. Once centered, use your hands to press the gift bag down and press out any bubbles. Allow to dry over night.
Step 8: Once everything is dry, you can begin to embellish your sign. I stapled on some picks I found at Walmart along with a bow. I also added a rusty jingle bell to the center of the bow.
If you decide to make this DIY I’d love to hear from ya! You can drop a comment below or message me on any of my social media pages. Hope you have a blessed weekend and as always remember to keep it simple. Catch ya next week my friends! Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, youtube