This modern farmhouse Christmas sign is a festive new interpretation of the classic holiday wreath—and even uses twinkle lights!

February 05, 2019

Add a touch of farmhouse-style to your home this holiday with this simple DIY holiday sign. Painted in two shades of green and dotted with deep red berries, this farmhouse sign will add the perfect amount of cheer to your modern Christmas decor. Twinkling white lights centered in the painted berries make the Christmas sentiment that much brighter.

How to Make the Farmhouse Wood Sign

Supplies Needed

  • 1 x 4 boards cut into four 20-inch lengths
  • 1 x 2 boards cut into two 11-inch lengths
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Nail gun and 2-inch brads
  • Wood stain (optional)
  • 1 1/2-inch-wide paintbrush
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Tracing paper
  • Transfer paper
  • Dried-up ballpoint pen
  • Acrylic paint: white, black, dark green, light green, red
  • Assorted artists brushes
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Battery-operated mini light set with 10 lights
  • Staple gun
  • Adhesive-backed hook-and-loop tape (such as Velcro brand)
  • D ring picture hanger

Step-by-Step Instructions

This holiday wreath needs lots of drying time, but the time you'll actually spend working on it is short. Follow our simple step-by-step instructions for a wooden sign, then use our free template to paint the wreath design!

Step 1: Assemble the Sign

Glue four 20-inch-long 1 x 4s side by side using wood glue to make your sign. Clamp the boards together and let dry.

Nail an 11-inch-long 1 x 2 board across the back of the assembled 1 x 4s, positioning the crosspiece about 2 inches from the top edge with a narrow edge against the 1 x 4s. Nail a second 1 x 2 crosspiece 2 inches from the bottom edge. These will allow the sign to stand on display or to hang on the wall.

If you aren't comfortable building the wood sign yourself, you can make the project on a purchased unfinished wood sign which is available at most craft stores. 

Related: DIY Farmhouse-Style Outdoor Decorations

    Step 2: Cover the Wood

    If you'd like, change the color of the wood before painting using wood stain or wood paint. The stain will act as a base layer to show through the paint for a farmhouse feel. Dip a rag in wood stain and apply a light coat to all sides of your sign, then wipe off the excess stain using a clean rag and let it dry. After staining the sign a dark color, we painted all sides of our sign with white wood paint and then lightly sanded the sign with sandpaper once it was dry. Sanding the white coat of paint will reveal the stain underneath. Continue sanding until you've reached the desired effect, then wipe off the sanding dust with a damp rag. 

    Editor's Tip: Use sandpaper where the paint would naturally become worn down, focusing on the corners and sides. This will create a truly vintage look. 

    Step 3: Paint the Design

    Download the free farmhouse sign template below, then enlarge the patterns onto tracing paper. Using the transfer paper and a dried-up ballpoint pen, trace the patterns to transfer the wreath and lettering designs onto the sign. If you don't have an old pen, you can use a dull nail or an object with a similar pointed end. 

    Using an artists brush, paint over your traced lines to paint the wreath ring, stems, and lettering black. Clean your brush or switch brushes to paint the leaves in shades of green as desired. We recommend letting each color of paint dry before switching to the next color to avoid potential smudges. To finish the design, paint the berries red and let the sign dry. 

    Get the Farmhouse Sign Template

    Step 3: Add Lights and Display

    To give your modern Christmas decor a pop of twinkly lights, drill a hole slightly smaller than each large berry through its center. Use a purchased battery-powered strand of miniature light bulbs to light the sign; insert a mini light through each hole from the back of the sign. Use a staple gun to secure the wires to the sign back and hold the lights in place, if needed.

    Insert batteries into the battery pack and secure the pack to the back of the sign using adhesive-backed hook-and-loop tape. This allows the batteries to be changed when needed without removing all of the lights. Secure any extra cord with staples, if needed.

    You can display the sign by leaning it up against a wall, or secure a hanging ring to hang the sign on a door or wall. Center and attach a D ring picture hanger to top 1 x 2 crosspiece on sign back if you want to hang your sign. If you're displaying the sign on a mantel or shelf, surround it with small accessories like tiny bottlebrush Christmas trees

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