How to make wood sign décor

Make your own festive wood signs with Ampersand panels and some everyday art supplies. Ampersand Birch Wood Panels are an excellent choice for a project like this and they are sold in multi-packs so you can make signs for yourself and some for gifts!

This tutorial offers a fun, easy and inexpensive way to create your own holiday décor. For this project we used a 12x12 Ampersand Birch Wood Panel, a 12x12 7/8" Thin Style Maple Ampersand Floaterframe and some holiday stencils. There is a lot of creative freedom in this project, so feel free to explore different panel sizes, stencils, and colors that speak to you.



  • Ampersand Birch Wood Panel
  • Ampersand Floaterframe
  • Acrylic matte or gloss medium or Mod Podge®
  • Stencils
  • Acrylic paint
  • Small paint brush
  • Foam brushes
  • Tape
  • Optional: Wood stain


Step 1: With a foam brush, paint or stain the Birch Wood Panel the background color of your choice. Allow to dry.


Step 2: Place the stencil down and tape into place so it does not move.


Step 3: With the Mod Podge or acrylic medium, coat over the stencil openings with a light coat. This will seal the stencil and prevent the paint from bleeding under the stencil. Allow to dry. NOTE: If you skip this step, your paint is likely to bleed under the stencil.


Step 4: Using the acrylic paints and small foam brush, paint over the layer of Mod Podge and stencil and fill in where you want each color. Allow to dry for a few minutes. You may want to apply multiple coats of paint, especially on a dark background like this one.


Step 5: Once dry, remove the tape and the stencil. If you need to fill in any details, use the small paint brush. Allow to completely dry.


Step 6: Frame and display in an Ampersand Floaterframe.


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