Cute hand-lettered hot cocoa sign

DIY Hot Cocoa Sign

Dress up your walls or hot chocolate bar with this easy DIY hot cocoa sign!

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 and (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!

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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
  • chalk
  • paintbrush

How to make a hot cocoa sign:

diy wood 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.

Hand-lettering tip: sketch phrase with chalk before painting

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!

Hand-painting a wood sign

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!

Cute hand-lettered hot cocoa sign


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:

Love these DIY wood pallet signs for holiday decorating!

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!

DIY this cute hot cocoa sign for your holiday decor or hot chocolate bar!


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!

13 thoughts on “DIY Hot Cocoa Sign

    1. Two Purple Couches Post author

      Aww, thank you Meredith! I practiced my lettering on scrapbook paper several times before attempting to do it on the sign. Plus, that chalk trick is a lifesaver – you can wipe it away until you get it right 😉

  1. Chloe Crabtree

    Such a cute sign. I am really wondering if I could really letter it as well as you have, I guess I will have to try it! I am pinning this and sharing over at FB and Twitter! I would love it if you have a few minutes to stop over and share this at Celebrate Your Story link party at Celebrate and Decorate. The party opens on Saturday evening and stays open for a week!
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