Transferring Designs on Wood


Wedding season is over! Whether this is good or bad news for you, I would love to share some of the signs I made for a recent wedding.

This past weekend I was blessed with access to a large pile of old barn board. I really could not resist making a couple signs with this wonderful material. 

Before this weekend I was completely unaware of the scale of production that it takes for a "casual" wedding to come together. I was happy to have the opportunity to contribute.

I created a large sign for the entry way with the names of the bride and groom and the date of the wedding. I did this by creating my design using the Draw Tool on Rapid Resizer. I wanted to use two different font styles so this was the easiest way to add and format text. I used the border tool to add a circular border.

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The font that I used for this sign is called Bromello. It can be found in the handwritten category of the Letter Stencil Maker. 

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I freehand drew the decorative leafy wreath on my sign.The circle border was a helpful and necessary template for my design.

Materials needed for this project:

  • wood
  • stencils
  • chalk
  • pencil
  • white paint
  • paint-marker (I found this at Michael's)

For these signs, I used a chalk image transfer method. I printed my stencils and shaded the back with chalk.


Using a pencil, I traced over my stencil. Be sure to press firmly when tracing in this step so that the chalk transfers clearly on to the wood.


For this particular sign, I did not have the wood planed. Because the wood was quite rough, it was a little challenging to paint by hand. I painted a couple coats of paint to make sure my design was clean and legible. 


For larger signs with more lettering, I used a paint-marker. This was much easier to control and resulted in a clean and nicely transferred design. This sign was made using the Rochester font found in the calligraphy category of the Letter Stencil Maker


For the larger sign, I started tracing the design with the paint-marker. I was lucky enough to have a helper go over my paint-marker with another coat of paint using a paint brush.


Keep on crafting,

Steph @ Rapid Resizer