Learn how easy it is to make your own large porch sign and create a warm welcome for guests. Love how this looks and it's so easy to customize!

DIY Large “Welcome” Porch Sign

Great ideas for creating colorful, rustic fall porch decor and outdoor fall decorating ideas. Love the mix of purples and yellows - a fresh take for fall!

Happy October, friends! This year certainly feels like it’s zipping along, doesn’t it? Or maybe it’s just me. I am busy prepping for a biiiiig project—the Fall One Room Challenge kicks off later this week and I will be spilling the details of which room is getting makeover! (hint – I’ve been talking and dreaming about it forever!) 

In the meantime, I thought I’d share this super easy DIY project with you on how to make a large porch sign.

If you saw my fall garden tour last week, you saw the “welcome” sign near my door. I’ve seen these all over blogs and Pinterest for a while and have been wanting to make my own. Now that I’ve done it, I can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner—it was such a simple project! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy

How to make a DIY Large Porch Sign

Materials Needed:

Tutorial:

Learn how easy it is to make your own large porch sign and create a warm welcome for guests. Love how this looks and it's so easy to customize!

1.) Sand board to remove any splinters or rough patches. You can do this by hand with sandpaper or use an orbital sander. I used our DeWalt Orbital Sander and 80-grit sandpaper to go over the top and all four sides. Then I used a finer-grit sandpaper to smooth over the surface by hand.

2.) Paint the board. I painted the front and sides of the board with two coats of DecoArt Chalky Finish paint in Everlasting.

3.) Sketch letters with chalk. You can use a stencil for this step and the next one, but I am a do-it-by-hand kind of girl. I used a piece of purple chalk to lightly sketch each letter. This way I could tell if they were large enough, evenly spaced out, etc.

Learn how easy it is to make your own large porch sign and create a warm welcome for guests. Love how this looks and it's so easy to customize!

4.) Paint the letters. With my chalk sketches as a guide, I used a smaller paintbrush to paint each letter in DecoArt Outdoor Living paint in Pansy.

Learn how easy it is to make your own large porch sign and create a warm welcome for guests. Love how this looks and it's so easy to customize!

5.) Add detail to letters. This step is optional. Once I finished painting the letters, I realized I wanted them to have a bit more detail. I added serifs, which is a fancy word for the triangular details at the top and bottom of each letter. I used a detail brush for this step.

I would recommend that you give your finished board some kind of protective coating. I haven’t yet, mainly because I would like to paint something else on the reverse side, and I don’t want any kind of sealant seeping around the edges. But I think it would be wise to either use an outdoor paint for both the background and the letters, or seal the finished board with a clear, weather-resistant coating. You know, the whole do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do spiel 😉

Learn how easy it is to make your own large porch sign and create a warm welcome for guests. Love how this looks and it's so easy to customize!

Learn how easy it is to make your own large porch sign and create a warm welcome for guests. Love how this looks and it's so easy to customize!

I think our large porch sign adds a delightful dose of color to our fall decor, and I particularly love that the “welcome” message is appropriate throughout the year. I may do a Christmas-themed message on the back, but I will definitely be using this sign next spring and summer!

Great ideas for creating colorful, rustic fall porch decor and outdoor fall decorating ideas. Love the mix of purples and yellows - a fresh take for fall!

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Learn how easy it is to make your own large porch sign and create a warm welcome for guests. Love how this looks and it's so easy to customize!

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