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Make this DIY Directional Sign for Your Next Party

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  • Estimated Time

    3 Hours

  • Challenge Level

    Easy

  • Tools & Supplies:

    • 2" x 2" x 42" Wood Post/Stake
    • Scrap Wood
    • Screws
    • Sandpaper (#120, #150, #180 Grits)
    • High Quality Synthetic Bristle Brush
    • Lint Free Cloth
    • Stencil (Optional)
    • Drill
    • Tack cloth
    • Stir Stick

It’s the details that count! This DIY directional sign is surprisingly easy to make and sure to please the guests at your next event. Here’s how we made it.

1. PREPARE: Setup your workspace in a well-ventilated area and use a drop cloth to protect your surroundings from stain. Sand each piece of wood, working your way up through each grit of sandpaper. Be sure to wipe the sanding dust away with a tack cloth in between each grit.

2. STAIN: Stir or shake your Varathane Premium Fast Dry Wood Stains in Vintage Aqua and Kona thoroughly. Then, use your lint-free cloth or brush to apply a generous amount of one stain onto the wood in the direction of the wood grain. Let the stain sit on the surface for a few minutes, and then wipe away the excess with a clean cloth--again, working in the direction of the wood grain. Repeat this step on each piece of wood (including the post), varying between colors. Once all of your wood is stained, set it aside to dry for one hour.

3. WRITE: Once your wood is dry, use your American Accents Decorative Paint Pens in White and Espresso to draw or stencil letters onto the wood. Try varying the design and colors of the letters for a mismatched look. Let the letters dry completely for 2-4 hours.

5. BUILD: Once your letters are dry, you can build the sign. Lay out the pieces of wood face-down in the order you want them displayed. Then, use your drill to attach the post to the back of the wood with screws.

4. SPAR URETHANE: If you want to protect your sign from the elements and give it a nice gloss finish, add a coat of Varathane Premium Spar Urethane. To apply, first stir the spar urethane well with a stir stick. Then, apply a thick even coat to the sign with your brush. Let the sign dry for 24 hours before displaying.