How to DIY A wooden Sign with chalk paint for your garden

Today I want to show you how easy it is to DIY a wooden sign with chalk paint for your garden. Now a days every time I walk into any home décor store I see wooden signs everywhere. Signs for the beach house, the kitchen, the bath, your bedroom, and I want them all.

Making A Wooden Sign With Chalk Paint For Your Garden

I have been itching at giving it a go and making one myself, I just needed some Inspiration. After planting my Julia Child roses a few weeks ago, I was totally inspired and knew right away exactly what message my wooden sign would read…

..the name of my new garden, I decided to name it “Inspiration or IZ” (for short).

Supplies Used

  • Piece of plywood or any other scrap wood
  • Waverly Chalk Paint
  • Stencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Valspar Premium Finish Spray Paint in Clear
  • 2 ring screws
  • 2 tie racks


I rummaged through my scrap wood pile and found the perfect piece of wood, no cutting was necessary- Thank goodness, because as I mentioned in a Trendy Upholstered Headboard on a Budget, I do not trust myself with a saw (I’m so accident prone, I’m scared to chop my fingers off)!!

How To DIY A Wooden Sign With Chalk Paint For Your Garden

I considered lightly sanding the wood with a palm sander and 120 grit sandpaper for a smooth surface, but decided to skip this part because I really liked the texture it already had. Instead I wiped with a damp cloth to clean and remove any dust.

Because I wanted a distressed look, I gave it a light coat of Waverly Inspirations Matte Chalk Finish Acrylic Paint in Plaster.

I recently discovered this paint at Wal-mart and I am in love with it. For the price you really can’t beat it. Best of all no special prep (like sanding or priming) is needed before applying the paint to wood.After it finished drying, I used a level to draw a straight line with a pencil (so it can be easily erased when finished) to align my stencils straight so the wording would not be crooked.I placed the stencil letters onto the wood……and painted it by lightly dabbing with Waverly Inspirations Super Premium Semi-Gloss Acrylic Paint in Ink.Then, I screwed two ring screws to the top right and left upper corners of the sign

……..and used cable ties to hang it from.( I opted for these since they are plastic and will withstand the weather and more importantly I already owned them). Finally, I sprayed it completely with Valspar Premium Finish Spray Paint in Clear, to seal and protect (again because this is what I already had on hand from a previous project).

I LOVE how my wooden sign turned out. It’s brings style to my garden.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you find INSPIRATION!


Nancy Jeannette

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2 thoughts on “How to DIY A wooden Sign with chalk paint for your garden

    1. Thank you Chrissy, we all need some inspiration even if on a flower pot.

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