Learn how to DIY Wood Signs like this snowman painting on wood!
DIY Wood Signs are easily one of my favorite ways to decorate and this Snowman Painting on wood doesn’t disappoint! I love placing wooden signs around my home and even on my porch to decorate for the holidays!
Whether created on pallet wood, spare doors or drawer fronts, spare wood, or wood blanks purchased from the home improvement store, DIY signs are easy to store or even simply flip over to reflect a new decorative sign! Whats fun and less intimidating about this guy though is there are no painted letters or numbers to intimidate us!
PLUS be sure to head down to the bottom of this article for LOTS of other great project ideas including a link to my article “DIY Signs You will Love and Want to Make”!
Where in the world, you ask, did I find the inspiration for this adorable DIY project?? Well, Im so happy you asked! BECAUSE I HAVE to point you over to exactly where I pulled this from.
Ashley runs this amazing page called Shabby Chic N Grace <~ Click that link to go check her out and I encourage you to like her page! When you do her creations will grace your newsfeed! Not too long ago one of her snowmen graced mine and,.. well, I just loved him so much!!
I did what any respectful hope-to-be artist might do. I messaged her! It meant swallowing every bit of pride and flat out telling her I just love him and asking if she minded if I created him! (I cant even say “inspired by”- I was terrified to not basically copy it brush stroke by brush stroke for fear of messing it up!) SHE WAS SO SWEET! She absolutely loved it.
I still wasn’t convinced I would brave it but then a sweet friend messaged me asking if I would host a paint party! ….I let her know I had the PERFECT design in mind and of course they all loved it!
What you will need to paint this snowman on wood
A Board: this can be a canvas, spare wood, or wood purchased from the home improvement store. Just get something that will suit the size you need! Mine happened to be a 48″ x 16″ plank from Lowes
Pencil: To draw the outline
Primer: If I have a raw wood board I always seal it first. Otherwise oils from the wood can seep through and discolor my work! I favorite primer to use is water based, non smelly, and has NEVER failed me! It’s called BOSS from Dixie Belle. Of course you can, and I used to use shellac but I really never loved all the precautions and such that I had to take with it! You can find Dixie Belles BOSS in both Clear and White here! I love keeping a container (Or lets face it-4) on hand for my projects!
Sealer: I LOVE Dixie Belles Gator Hide because its Water repellant. Perfect for my porch sign! And one container will be enough for MANY projects! For signs that will be kept indoors I love to seal with Big Mamas Butta! Just wipe it on, then wipe excess off! You can find Gator Hide Here or Big Mamas Butta Here
Paint: I love to have products on hand that will last and I dont have to buy each time I have a project. So I get containers of Dixie Belle Paint (that are available in 8, 16, 32 oz and EVEN 1 Gallon!!) and they are ready when I am! For this project I used “Cotton” (white), “Caviar” (Black), “Florida Orange” (Orange… lol) & “Barn Red” (Red!) …of course you can use any colors you like! But you can find Dixie Belle Paints Here. I tend to prefer their paints because they are similar to chalk paint in their ease of use and adhesion but less “chalky” so they need less sealing, look more consistent, and are easier to work with.
Paint Brushes: Believe it or not I used Makeup Brushes a lot! You can find my Make Up Brushes Here but I also keep my favorite flat brush on hand for larger areas and those are the Dixie Belle (super friendly to your hands) Synthetic Brushes! You can find Dixie Belle Paint Brushes Here.
Water Bottle: in case the paint begins to drag. I tend to always spray as I go to minimize drag and texture in my paint. You can find my Misting Bottle Here
Cardboard: If you want to reproduce them you may want to make a template out of cardboard that you can use to recreate the outline with!
DIY Wood Signs : Snowman : The How-to
First thing is priming. (assuming the surface is clean and smooth-if not address that first) This is seriously a must no matter the paint you use. If you don’t, you risk the paint lookin odd in different areas or the oils and stain from the wood bleeding into your paint! (Especially that white!!).
My favorite primer to use is Dixie Belles BOSS since you can use it safely indoors! BUT it also does the job which is kind of unheard of when it comes to water based products. It comes in White and Clear. I used Clear for this project.
I laid two coats (allowing 30 minutes between the two). Then after everything was dry I went on to draw out the outline!
Later I ended up redrawing the snowman on cardboard cut to the same size as the class boards we would be using. Then I cut out the edge to serve as a template so each board would have the same beginnings of a snowman!
The next step is color blocking our snowman painting. At this point we are just laying the base color for each space. I was far too excited to paint and completely forgot to photograph mine in this phase! BUT I did take a picture when I was teaching the class.
You may need to do 2-3 coats of each color block, using your brush to sharpen the edges as needed. Be sure to allow each coat to dry well before adding another coat. You can leave it and come back or grab a hairdryer set to low heat.
Once you have the use colors laid, its time to embellish. You can add shimmer, polka dots, swirls,.. the possibilities are endless! JUST HAVE FUN! After all,.. its only paint. 😉
For the polka dots there are a couple things you can do to make it easier on yourself. I didn’t use them, but for the snow you may opt to use these sponge pouncers. Personally I wanted imperfect and used my paint brush for that then proceeded to use it on his pink cheeks and the coal lumps. (for the cheek color I just mixed a tiny amount of the Barn Red into my cotton)
For the tiny dots you can usually use the back end of a paint brush! Don’t be scared to load it up (to the point just before dripping) then just dab it on the surface and pull it back up straight! I used this approach on the scarf and band around the hat.
Last is the carrot nose! Feel free to sketch it out with pencil or chalk before hand. And we are done! I ended up just using my lovely Big Mamas Butta!! Just brush it in, leave it for a while and wipe away any excess with a lint free cloth.
Isn’t our Snowman Painting so happy and cute??
I love that it can be used in so many places and you can even paint the back side in a different theme! I could see it in a smaller size on a counter or mantel, or an oversized one beside a fireplace! Want to see more DIY Sign Ideas? be sure to check out DIY Wood Signs You will Love (And want to make!)
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