Rustic Wedding Sign DIY

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The moment you’ve all been waiting for is here… the very last of the projects from my wedding/reception! (Or at least the ones I remembered to take photos of!)

We had the reception on an island beside the river. It was amazing and I would not have done it any other way. Those that came to celebrate with us talked about it for weeks afterwards – so, I would say it was a big success!

This tutorial will show you how I made a rustic wedding sign out of spare wood for the entrance to the path that led to the island. On it I had the itinerary, menu, & our hashtag.

Materials Needed:

  • (3) wood boards approx. 5/8″ x 5.5″ x 3′
  • (1) wood post approx. 1″ x 1″ x 2′
  • (1) wood post approx. 1″ x 1″ x 1′
  • Brown (optional) & pink acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes (medium & small)
  • Water (optional)
  • Sharpie  & pen or pencil
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Large hand stapler & staples

Let me preface this by saying I DIY’ed my entire wedding & reception. In total, for both events, including clothes, food, drinks, etc. we spent less than $2000. (As a side note: DIY and a rustic wedding theme seemed to go hand in hand!)

This project cost me all of NOTHING because I used everything I had on hand. I will admit it is a bit amateur, but it looked good and I only used it for one night. So, maybe you can build on this idea if you want something more permanent!

Now, I used some wood fencing scraps for the main part of the sign. Luckily, the hubs had already cut them down evenly. I just used the hand stapler to keep the boards together, side by side.



Then, I nailed the middle board to the post that I was using to stake the sign into the ground. And nailed all three boards to the other post that was perpendicular and above the ‘staked’ post.


Next, I thought the wood looked ugly since it had been sitting in the weather for a while, so I decided to do a brown ‘wash’ over it to even up the color. For that, I just did half water and half brown paint.


Once I was happy with that, I took my pen and drew out my main design of ‘YAY, You made it!’. Then I painted over it with pink & added stars for some decoration. I felt the painted letters needed something to make them ‘pop’, so I outlined with Sharpie.


The rest of the ‘rustic wedding’ sign was written in Sharpie marker. Super easy and quick project.


You will see in the photo I did not yet have my menu yet. But once that was figured out I added it in Sharpie marker. For those who want to know, we had pulled pork bbq, blue cheese coleslaw, baked beans, & mac n cheese.

DIY Rustic Wedding Sign - made from scrap wood!

I did not take a photo of the final product at the reception (oops!), but I will provide some photos of the reception area so you can see the decor we went for.






Hope you enjoy!

Find other projects from my rustic wedding here, here, & here.