DIY – Inspirational quote sign

DIY - Inspirational quot sign. "Excuse the Mess... The children are making memories." How to make a sign with an inspirational quote for just a few dollars! A very easy technique @ By Wilma

My best friend has always a lot of kids over at her home. She has one of her own and she is babysitting for a living. This makes that her house is never completely tidy. But who cares? The kids should be able to play, don’t they? So when she saw the quote ‘Excuse the mess, the children are making memories’ she decided it had to be on her wall. Of course I had my ideas on how to make the sign. We went to the thrift store and purchased the tabletop of a small table. Perfect for this project because it already had the desired shape! You can make a sign like this for just a few dollars, or with things you already have lying around in your home!
See how I made this inspirational quote sign after the jump. . .

 

Do you want a video explanation of this technique? I now teach a course on Skillshare where you can learn how to make this sign!

Click here to go to Skillshare

 

What you need for this DIY quote sign

– a piece of wood or a tabletop
– printer
– paper
– masking tape
– scissors
– computer
– pencil
– chalk
– paint (for the lettering and if you want to for the wood)
– paint brush

DIY - Inspirational quot sign. "Excuse the Mess... The children are making memories." How to make a sign with an inspirational quote for just a few dollars! A very easy technique @ By Wilma

How to make this DIY inspirational quote sign

1. Choose a font and the text on your computer. Print it out in the desired size.
2. Cut the words out and put them on your piece of wood. If the size of the text is right you can move on to the next step. Otherwise you have to repeat step one.
3. Draw with chalk on the back of the words. Tape the words down on the wood with masking tape, chalk side down. Now you can trace the letters with a pencil.
4. Remove the paper. You will now have your letters on the wood. Because chalk is so easy to remove it’s best to trace a few words, paint and trace the next few words. Otherwise your letters are long gone before you get to them. The fact that it’s easy to remove can also be a good thing. Because it doesn’t take much work to clean the lines up when you’re done.
5. Now it’s time to paint the letters. I used acrylic paint and a small paintbrush. When the paint is dry you can start whit tracing the next few words, until all the letters are painted on your sign.
6. You’re sign is ready for display!

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    Jewelry Rage
    July 5, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    I love the quote, great post!

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    lindsey
    July 18, 2012 at 7:24 am

    What a great idea! Thank you!

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    Terra
    July 18, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Do you color all over the back of the paper with chalk and then go over the words on the front to transfer them? I’m a little confused about that part. Thanks for clarifying.

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    DJ
    July 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    At Terra, I would think you only need to color with the chalk just across the letters where you will be tracing. You don’t need to cover the whole back of the paper.

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    Julia
    August 4, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Love this!!!!!
    I’m going to draw it on one of my walls with pictures around it.

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    Alicia
    August 9, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    I would like to do this, but I’m a little confused with the steps. is there a video of someone doing this? someone help please 🙂

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    Adele
    August 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Hi hun, just wanted to let you know that I featured this on my blog today. It is sooo cute!! I would love it if you could check it out and maybe grab my button 🙂

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    Heather
    September 7, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    I think what she is saying to do rub the back of the paper with white chalk and then flip it over to trace with the pencil. When you are tracing with the pencil, the chalk will transfer.

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    Courtney J.
    September 15, 2012 at 5:35 am

    I have done this using tracing paper that you use to put a pattern on fabric. I got it in the craft section at Wal-Mart. It came with several different colors so you can choose a color that shows up well on your background. You can actually trace the whole thing this way without having to wait for the paint to dry then paint everything all at one time.

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    Jen
    September 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    How did you get the letters so big on your computer? what program do you use? I have tried to make big letters but I am not all that computer savy.

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      Wilma
      September 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      Hello Jen! I just used Word. You can choose a really big size for your fonts in Word. Just double click on the number and enter the size you want.

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    Sara
    December 13, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Do you think this technique would work on canvas too if I used colored chalk??? I want to make something for my mom and this seems like the most simple way to do it!!

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    Celeste Olivares
    January 1, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Hi I really want to do this for my best friends birthday but I don’t know what to do it on. Any ideas as to where I can find this wood or any alternatives ? Thanks (:

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    Linda
    January 5, 2013 at 12:40 am

    What a great idea. And I love what you put on it.

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    Amy @MoMomma
    January 31, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Love your tutorial! I featured you as my Pinterst Pin of the Day on my blog! You’ll be featured Friday 🙂

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    Sarah
    January 31, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I love this idea!! Great cheap way to make your own personalized signs. Everyone I talked to said they used stencils to make their signs, and I wanted to use a cool font, so this chalk idea worked out great. Thanks for sharing!

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    Brooke
    March 1, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Im so glad I read this. Thank you so much. Going to try tonight. 🙂

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    joan Schmittel
    March 7, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    What if my sign is white, could I use a dark chalk? Also after you apply the chalk lettering and you are ready to paint on the letters does the paint adhere well over the chalk?

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    leigh
    March 24, 2013 at 1:47 am

    This is fabulous…..chalk I have….computer i have…what a great idea…thanks so much for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Beth
    March 25, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Fantastic! I’ve been researching how to do my own scripted signs, but this is such an easy tutorial I will have to try it out in the morning. Thank you!

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    August 23, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    In my view whenever you are able to support someone else with a house project it can be nice to do . Thank you and I can be absolutely certain countless people enjoy the tips and hints .

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    Lynette
    March 27, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Hi.I am a little confused. Are you tracing each individual letter with chalk or just rubbing the chalk all over the text?
    Thank you

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      Wilma
      April 1, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      I am rubbing it all over the text.

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    kerrie stout
    November 15, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Genius!!!!

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    kerrie stout
    November 15, 2014 at 12:27 am

    I’ve never understood how ppl transfer, especial when they reverse the image.

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    Trudy Stitt
    December 9, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Oh a BIG Thankyou for sharing. I have been stymied all week how to make my daughter in laws quote request for Christmas.
    There is hope now! I am going for it.

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    Trudy Stitt
    December 9, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Thank you! There is now hope I will get my daughter-in-laws requested plaque ready for Christmas.
    EXCELLENT, I am excited! Thanks BIG TIME!

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    December 15, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Where did you get that pallet of wood for this??

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