Getting A New Front Door? Personalize It With A Wooden Sign

Shopping for a new door for your home may not be the most exciting thing you do, but rather a necessary thing. Sure, a new door can help a little with the curb appeal of your home, but in the end, it's a door that serves to protect you and keep you comfortable by keeping out the weather elements. However, you can personalize your door a little by creating a wooden sign. This guide explains what you need to perform this task and the steps involved.

Step 1: Get the Items You'll Need

Set aside a few hours in your schedule to complete this project with these supplies:

  • small one-inch, varnished slab of wood (any shape) with bark on the side
  • paper
  • pencil
  • wood burning tool
  • urethane sealer
  • foam paint brush
  • picture -hanging kit (sticky/removable type)

Step 2: Practice Your Design

Practice your writing and/or drawing with the pencil on a piece of paper. Some ideas include:

  • your surname
  • the word "welcome"
  • the word "peace"
  • your favorite animal
  • swirly lines

As you can see, you can put a few different words or designs on your sign. You don't have to stick with just your surname.

Step 3: Draw the Design

Once you have settled on the word or phrase, and its design, draw it on the wood with the pencil. Get the wood burning tool ready by plugging it in and allowing it to heat up while you're drawing.

Step 4: Burn the Design

After you have the design on the wood, grab the wood burning tool and begin burning the design into the wood. Start at the top of the first letter and pull the tool toward you. Try to hold the tool as you would a large pencil, but keep in mind that you may need to turn the wood to various angles to ensure that you hit each pencil mark.

If you want a darker name, let the wood cool for about an hour and then go over it again.

Step 5: Apply the Urethane

Open the can of urethane sealer and apply one coat over the entire surface of the wood with the foam paintbrush. Coat the sides as well. Give your new nameplate a couple hours to dry. Turn it over and do the same on the other side. 

Repeat this step to add more protection to the nameplate since it will be outside.

Step 6: Hang the Sign

Follow the directions on the sticky/removable picture-hanging kit to hang your new nameplate on the door.

Because you're using the sticky picture-hanging kit, you can move this sign to other areas outdoors or indoors. Ask your local sign company {such as Prairie Signs (2000) Ltd} for other ideas to decorate your brand new door with signage.