DIY Rustic Wood Joy Sign

As much as I like to build larger furniture projects, I also like to work on smaller, less involved projects from time to time. It’s a nice break from the complexity of a big build. This is a quick and easy holiday project that anyone can tackle and is even a project you can get your kids involved in. It can be done with hand tools or power tools.

Easy DIY Rustic Wood Joy Sign

If your kids are really young, I would pre-cut the lumber. But if your kids are old enough, why not let them try out a miter box and hand saw as long as you’re keeping a close eye on them.

Easy DIY Rustic Wood Joy Sign

If you’ve got some scrap wood laying around you could probably just rip some down to make the elements you need for this DIY rustic wood joy sign…and aren’t we all looking for ways to use up that leftover wood from our bigger projects??


I’m not very crafty…this is about as crafty as I get! If you want to make this project even easier, check out my note at the end of the steps…


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1 – 1″ x 6″ x 15″ piece of wood (we used pine)
1 – 7/16″ x 11/16″ x 4′ piece of wood (we used pine)
3 1/2″ wood letters (found mine at a dollar store, but could also get them from Michael’s)


Wood Glue
Gel Stain (we used Grey)
White Craft Paint
Foam Brush
Paint Brush


2 Clamps
Miter Box & Hand Saw or Miter Saw


  • Cut the 7/16″ x 11/16″ x 4′ piece into the following lengths for the frame:
    • 2 x 15″ pieces with 45-degree angles on each end
    • 2 x 5.5″ pieces with 45-degree angles on each end
  • Apply glue to the back of one of the 15″ frame pieces and align it with the edge of the main board and clamp in place.
  • Apply glue to both of the 5.5″ frame pieces and secure in place with clamps.
  • Apply glue to the final 15″ frame piece and secure in place. At this point, you can make any adjustments to ensure all of the corners are square before the glue dries.
  • Lay your letters out on the board to determine the best spacing, then apply glue to the back of each letter and secure in place.
  • Allow to dry and give it a light sanding around the edges.
  • Apply the stain color of your choice using a foam brush applicator and allow to dry.
  • Using a small paintbrush lightly apply white craft paint around the letters and then wipe any excess off with a paper towel. This will help highlight the letters a little more so they stand out.
    *Note if you aren’t comfortable cutting angles, you can just cut them at a 90-degree angle, but the 5.5″ will need to be cut at 4 1/4″ instead.

Easy DIY Rustic Wood Joy Sign

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