How to Make a DIY Christmas Lettered Sign

December 14, 2021

How to make your own DIY Christmas wood sign using craft letters. 

I used inexpensive craft store letters to make this pretty "BELIEVE" wood art. This project is so easy to customize for your own holiday decor! 

These cute DIY Christmas letters have been a long time coming! I've had these chip board letters that spell out "believe" for years...I think it's been almost ten years now. 

I've held on to them figuring I would come up with a cute idea for day:
wood chipboard letters craft

Well, the day has finally come! 

You can find these wood letters at most craft stores -- they usually come in a few different sizes and fonts.

I got these for a couple bucks each (a decade ago 😂), but I'm guessing I got them half off!

Because it had been so long, the labels wouldn't budge. If you ever have a problem removing a sticky label, a hot shot with a hair dryer will loosen it for you: 
dryer for removing labels

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My goal was to NOT visit the hardware store for this whole project, so I had to get creative with my supplies. 

I found these wood shelves from our kitchen in my scrap pile: 
wood shelves with metal brackets

I recently replaced those with these thicker floating shelves and tile
thick gray shelves with white tile

I love the color of them! The wood stain is called Provincial. 

I wanted the look of this project to be fairly neutral -- I found a red spray paint in my stash but it wasn't look I wanted. 

I tried a glossy white paint, but it was too shiny and bright. 

Then I found one of my old favorite spray paint colors, Heirloom from Rustoleum. I decided to go with that one...then the nozzle died. 

Went back to the white...that nozzle died. 

Tried the red one more time...that one did as well. 

Cool, cool. 

I decided to dump the spray paint idea and found something even better -- the birch wrapping paper I recently showed you when I shared my DIY glass candleholder projects

I grabbed my favorite spray adhesive: 
high strength spray adhesive

And sprayed the front of the letters with it:
gluing paper to craft letters

You can see how thick this adhesive is -- but it doesn't leave any bumpy texture under the paper. 

To get the best adhesion, spray the back of the paper you're using as well: 
spray adhesive on paper

I did my best to make sure the letters were straight to match the lines on the paper.

Press the wood letter face down onto the sticky paper and then push to make sure they connect well. You can put something heavy on top for a few minutes to ensure they stick.

It doesn't take long! This adhesive is STRONG!

If you don't have a spray adhesive, I would suggest Mod Podge over a regular glue. 

Afterwards, you'll need to use a sharp razor blade to cut the paper around each letter: 
cutting around craft letters with razor

I recommend these smaller X-acto knives -- they are the perfect size for getting the detailed spots! 

I later touched up the sides of the letters with some brown paint -- I forgot, otherwise I'd usually do that first. 

Then it was time to cut the wood kitchen shelves down to fit each letter. 

I wanted to be able to stagger the letters for some interest, so the wood slices were a different width for each one: 
gluing wood letters onto sign

I added some wood glue on the back, but also put a couple short nails into them as well: 
DIY Christmas letter sign

The glue gets slippery so the nails will hold the letter in place until it dries. 

Hot glue would also work for this step! 

The glue will dry clear, but I did wipe away big globs with a wet rag. 

I knew these wouldn't stand up on their own, so I cut thin strips from the same wood and attached them to the back on the bottom: 
wood letters provincial stain

This gives the boards some stability so you can stand them up! 

They turned out even better than I thought they would! The wood tone and birch paper give them just the neutral vibe I was going for: 
birch paper on wood letters

I layered them on our dining room console table:
Believe letters on wood slices

 The votive candles and greenery are the perfect additions with the new sign!:
wood stained Believe letter sign

I was going to put these on our mantel this year, but didn't make them in time. :) 

I think they would look SO cute up there though! They would also look great on a kitchen counter or hall table as well. 

I love that their subdued look will work anywhere in the house: 
DIY Christmas BELIEVE sign

stain and white wood Christmas sign

I went super simple in our dining room this year -- just some wreaths in the windows and cute Christmas pillows on the window seat: 
wood dining table black chairs

Of course these DIY Christmas letters could be changed up SO many ways. 

You could paint your wood pieces any color and add pattern or sparkle with the paper. 

A red background with white sparkling scrapbook paper would be so fun! 

You could use patterned holiday craft paper or wrapping paper, or just use spray paint like I was planning to do. 

But I do love the simplicity of the light stain and paper I used: 
cane console table dining room
Find similar cane consoles here, here and here!

wood BELIEVE lettered sign

Have you tried a craft using these inexpensive chipboard letters? They are such a cute addition to your Christmas decor. I've used them many times over the years!

This DIY isn't just for the holidays -- you can spell out names and words that will work all year round. 
If this was a permanent addition to your decor, you could also skip adding the wood on the back and just hang these on the wall. They'd be extra cute hung with some ribbon or twine.

Check out my knock off Noel art tutorial using wood craft letters here!: 
knock off NOEL letter art

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  1. I like the birch paper for this project. I can just imagine your teenager rearranging the letters periodically to make his parents laugh. Or maybe that's just my house. haha Do you have any clue if the white lamp behind the sign is still available? Merry Christmas, Sarah! Chrissy

  2. Love this! Will keep in mind for next year since I haven't shopped or gotten the tree up yet!


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