Make a DIY Porch Sign with Free Print or Cut Files!

Hi, hello, and welcome! I’m so glad you’re here today because I’ve got a special project to share with you. If you’re a regular reader, you know that we’ve recently moved into a new house. I’ve always wanted a porch sign, you know, the cute ones with a fall sign on one side and a Christmas one on the other? I haven’t been able to make one because we lived in an apartment right by stairs going up to the third floor. That might’ve killed someone lol! Now my dream has come true, and I’m going to show you how to make a DIY porch sign, with or without a cutting machine! Plus I’ve included a free printable or cut file to use on it!

DIY porch sign saying, "The Kline family, home sweet home" on a porch with a round "welcome" door hanger on the door.

Supplies for a DIY Porch Sign:

  • 6’x5.5″ piece of wood or fence picket- I used a 6’x5.5″ piece of pine.
  • wood stain or paint- I used Rust-oleum stain & polyurethane in one in weathered gray.
  • HTV, outdoor vinyl, or paint- I used a deep plum HTV.
  • foam or paint brush
  • iron if using HTV
  • transfer tape if using outdoor vinyl
  • scissors
  • floral wire or pipe cleaner
  • white cotton or sisal rope (optional)
  • 2.5″ wired ribbon- I used two different prints for a bow.
  • hot glue gun & glue
Supplies for a DIY porch sign: 2 spools of 2.5" wired ribbon, hot glue gun, scissors, pipe cleaner, wood stain, and a 6x5.5" piece of wood.

Stain or Paint the Wood

I used a wood stain with a sealant in one step. I used three coats of weathered gray. Normally you probably wouldn’t need three coats, but it just wasn’t dark enough after the first two. The same thing happened with my earlier project, the coastal farmhouse flag. You could also paint the wood.

Staining the 6' wood with a foam brush and Rust-oleum weathered gray stain.

For personal use only!

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Cut or Print the Designs for the Porch Sign

Since my wood door hanger (with free SVG or PNG) already says “welcome,” so I decided to put “home sweet home” on the porch sign. I’m sharing that design with you today! In order to change the size of the font to fit your sign, I will include the “sweet” as one letter at a time. Just download and cut two of the “home” designs. I’m uploading the files as PNGs. For some reason they seem to work better for people to download. Any cutting machine software will use them the same as SVGs. The files will download with a transparent background.

If you don’t have a cutting machine, don’t worry! You can still make a DIY porch sign. Download and print each letter after resizing them to fit your board. Cover the back of the paper with pencil. Remember leaf rubbings as a kid? Yea, just like that. Once it’s covered, place it on the wood where you want it to go. Trace over the edge of the design with a sharp pencil. That will leave the shadow of the letters on the board. Once you’re finished with every letter, paint inside the lines. All done, easy peasy. If you need more of a full tutorial, check out my carbon copy post.

"Home" design for the porch sign.

I’m uploading the files for each letter in sweet separately. Well, not all the letters. The “e” will only be up once lol.

"S" design for the porch sign.
"W" design for the porch sign.

Transfer the Design to the Wood

Once you’ve cut or printed your design, it’s time to add it to your wood. I used HTV because it holds well outside, and I had already made the round door hanger with the matching vinyl.

Besides the “home sweet home” that I put on the porch sign, I added our family name and the year we became a family. I left about 8-10″ of open space at the top of the board, then added “The.” After that I placed our name with family under it and “est. 2015″ below that. I left about 3.25” between the words and letters. If I had it to do over, I’d place the second “home” about 3″ higher than it is now.

Ironing HTV on to the DIY porch sign.

If you’re using regular vinyl, use transfer or contact paper to transfer the image on to the wood just like you would normally. I would add a sealant on top to protect it after you finish. Using the carbon copy method? Use my tutorial to walk you through step by step.

If you’d like me to give you a file with your last name and year, just use my contact page to send me your info or place it in the comments below. Hopefully I can get that for you via email, but only because I love you guys lol!

Add Rope & a Bow

I thought about adding twine to the top of my sign, but it’s so big and twine is so thin, that that seemed impossible. Instead, I added about 6″ of white cotton rope from Dollar Tree to the top. You could also use sisal rope or leave it empty except for the bow. Looking back at it, I may add a bit more of the rope to the top because it’s covered almost completely by the bow.

Finally, add a pretty bow! A pretty bow always makes things better! I added a seven loop bow to the top of my porch sign. If you need a bow tutorial, I have a few here on the blog. The first is an easy loopy bow, and the other is a super, easy loopy bow, so easy my hubby and son can make it!

Leave the pipe cleaner or floral wire on the back of the bow long. Wrap it around the rope so that you can change the bow out for every season!

Wrapping a pipe cleaner around white cotton rope to attach a bow to the porch sign.
Upper section of a DIY porch sign saying, "The Kline family," with a bow at the top.

That’s it! Your DIY porch sign is ready to display next to your door!

I wish I had finished this project a little bit earlier because just as I was about to place my sign outside, a hailstorm broke out. My son said, “Wow mom! I’ve never seen hail before! I want to go outside, but I don’t want to die.” I laughed and told him that Armageddon wasn’t upon us just yet, lol.

Here are the best pictures I was able to get after the storm passed. It was a weird kind of storm because the sun was still partially out. Weird. By the way, can anyone tell me how to get that concrete or putty or whatever it is, off of the brick where it meets the concrete? I hate it and it must go!

I hope this DIY brings a little of the beach into your home this summer! Remember to pin the image below and share this post on social media using the buttons at the end of the post so you can get back to it when you’re ready to make your coastal bookends. Be sure to follow me on social media and via email so you never miss a great tutorial, free printable, or other amazing posts.

DIY porch sign Pinterest pinnable image.

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2 thoughts on “Make a DIY Porch Sign with Free Print or Cut Files!

  1. This turned out beautiful Niki! Even Covid couldn’t dampen your creativity! I am so sorry that you’re having to fight this awful disease and I’ve got you in my prayers!