What’s better than a hot chocolate bar? A cute hand-painted hot cocoa sign to go with it, of course!
And the best part is that it’s super easy to make yourself!
I’m beyond excited to be joining up with the Home for Christmas blog hop hosted by Hometalk.com and CountryLiving.com (yep, the magazine!). There are tons of talented bloggers joining in the holiday fun, so please be sure to visit some (or all!) of the other projects linked up at the bottom of this post!
But first, let’s talk about this adorable hot cocoa sign!
I am quickly falling in love with hand-painted wood signs. And they’re really not complicated to make; the hardest part is deciding what size you want your sign to be!
I opted for a small, horizontal sign and used a piece of poplar that I already had on hand. A scrap or two of pallet wood would be great as well.
What you’ll need:
- wood (I used a 1/4″ x 4″ x 2′ piece of poplar)
- wood stain
- acrylic craft paint
How to make a hot cocoa sign:
Start by staining the wood. I applied one coat of Minwax stain in Espresso and let the board dry overnight. Meanwhile, sketch out the phrase a few times to decide which style of lettering you like best.
Use a piece of sharpened chalk to sketch out the lettering. This is a great way to make sure that the words are centered and evenly spaced—you can just wipe away and re-sketch any wonky spots!
Use a round fine-tipped paintbrush to apply the acrylic craft paint, going over the existing chalk sketch. I found it easiest to work one letter at a time.
As soon as the paint is dry, the sign is ready to be displayed!
I think this sign would be a perfect addition to a hot chocolate bar, but I decided to add two screw eyes and hang it from this Christmas Trees pallet wood sign I made a few weeks ago:
How cute are these signs paired together!? I love, love, love this combination! The texture and stain of the woods, the way the white paint pops off the dark background, the imperfections of the hand-lettering… this is why I love to DIY!
There are tons more holiday ideas and inspiration where this came from! Check out more below, or search the hashtag #HomeforChristmas on social media and at Hometalk.com!