Custom wood signs are super popular right now. In fact, I have several in our home. I don't think they will go out of style either because they are simple and classic.
I enjoy adding decorative flair to our boys' rooms. They aren't interested in doing this themselves (shocker) so they let mom pretty much do whatever. 😀 I like to keep their medals, trophies and vintage sports memorabilia displayed on shelves, and various DIY signs I've made over the years with sports themes and different quotes that they like.
Now when it comes to decorating your athlete's room, homemade wood signs featuring their sports season can be super affordable. They are also classy and cute too! When your athlete(s) play multiple sports, making your own is definitely a frugal option. Besides, you know you'll need that money for gear so try to DIY it in the off-season if you can. 😀
Custom Wood Signs Supplies
- 1x8x8” Common Board
- 1x4x8”Common Board
- Football Heart Stencil
- American Oak Stain
- Foam Paint Brush
- Gorilla or Wood Glue
- Brown Sharpie Paint Pen
- White Sharpie Paint Pen
- Black Sharpie
- 2-3” Letters/Number Stickers
DIY Signs Steps
- Go into your local hardware store and have them cut each common board into 12” pieces (have them cut the whole 8ft board so you can make more than one).
- Sand each board when you get home and brush the boards off.
- Carefully apply a small amount of glue to one side of each board and stick them together (you can use a clamp if you have one, if not don’t worry about it, just leave it be for 1-2 hours).
- One your glue is dry and the boards are stuck together, sand off any excess glue and brush clean.
- In a well ventilated area (outside) stain your boards on a piece of old newspaper and let dry.
- Place your football heart stencil on the left side of the board and use a pencil to trace.
- Use your brown Sharpie paint pen to trace over the pencil and fill in with the paint pen.
- Apply your name with stickers onto the bottom right of the heart and the number above.
- Trace the letters/numbers with a pencil.
- Trace over the pencil with the white Sharpie and fill in with the paint pen (you might need a few coats) and let dry.
- Once dry, lightly sand to distress and brush off any dust.
- Trace the football and letters/numbers with a black Sharpie.
You can find boards that are pre-stained to skip a few steps if you want. It will raise the price a little, but that may not be a big deal for you since you are saving a bundle already by making your own sign.
You can also choose to spray paint over the stencil. If you do this, make sure you cover all of the sides so you don't get any spray paint on the edges of the wood.
That's it! Wouldn't this be fun to do with other moms on your athlete's team? You could make these DIY signs together while waiting for practice. Our kids are past the stage where we need to stay for practices so maybe a fun girl's night is in order for those totally random “free nights.” What a great “team” mom bonding activity!