How to make a wood sign without a stencil

How to make a wood sign without a stencil

You've all seen the wood sign craze! Framed, unframed, painted etc. But what if you don't have the ability to do framed signs or you just haven't gotten the hang of not getting the dreaded bleed lines when painting a stencil. Well here is a quick tutorial on how you can achieve this look and bonus, it's fairly inexpensive to do!


  • Wood Block sanded
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Baby Wipes
  • White tissue paper - the kind you stuff in a gift bag
  • Tape
  • Acrylic Sealer Spray
  • Modge Podge
  • Foam brush
  • Cardstock
  • Printer - any inkjet
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • SVG Design of your choice. 


  1. Sand your wood block
  2. For this project, I wanted the wood grain to show, so I squirted the acrylic paint onto a baby wipe and rubbed it into the wood going with the grain. You can also just paint the wood block completely if you prefer a less transparent look. Let dry completely.
  3. While this is drying - look through your hoard of designs for one that will fit the size of your wood block.
  4. Cut a piece of tissue paper larger than a 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock.

Fold the tissue paper over the cardstock nice and tight - making sure that edges will not lift up when running through a printer. I used Washi tape here so you could see how I taped it.


6. Next you will want to take your design and place a box around it the same size as your wood block. Make the box a very light grey - just enough that you can see it. Print the design using the standard settings of your printer.

7. Once printed carefully remove the tissue paper from the card stock and cut out on the grey lines your design.

8. Let the tissue paper print dry completely before the next step. THIS IS IMPERATIVE.

9. Paint the wood block with a very very very thin layer of modge podge and immediately place your design on top. Carefully smooth out the wrinkles.

10. Let Dry. Once dry take some fine grit sandpaper and lightly sand the edges to make sure it won't lift.

11. Give it a light coat of acrylic sealer spray and you are done!


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