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Sweet shop sign – Wooden Decor

Hello there. Today is a quick post, as once you have mastered the technique of making signs, it is very simple to make another! So today is more of an inspiration post to give you another idea for a sign. I recently created this sign for a work friends wedding as I knew she was having a sweet table. It popped into my head, why not create a sweet shop sign for the table named after the newly weds! I really enjoyed making this sign and loved how it turned out. However, I have learnt one thing from creating this sign – pay attention to the grain of your wood. 

I got my wood cut when I was at B&Q, I don’t have access to any saws and they can do it there for you. Saves me the hassle! However, it wasn’t till afterwards that I noticed the wood grain was vertical if I wanted this piece to sit with the longest length horizontal. And for this sign, it need to be horizontal but my grain ended up vertical. It isn’t the end of the world, but in future I would want the wood grain to lie horizontal too. 

Materials required for Sweet Shop Sign:

  • Stained wooden panel
  • Vinyl stencil
  • Mod Podge (Or you can use watered down PVA glue) and brush
  • Chalk paint
  • Make-up sponge

Sweet shop sign details

First of all, I weeded my stencil to removed the positive part – all the letters. I needed the negative part for the project. I placed the stencil onto my wooden panel, centering it and used a scraper to burnish it onto the wood. It is important to burnish the vinyl, particularly around the edges of the letter to prevent bleeding. The better the vinyl is adhered in these places the less likely the paint will seep and bleed under the stencil. 

Before applying any paint, I applied a thin layer of Mod Podge over the stencil ensuring a good coverage around the edges of the letters. I painted in several different directions to get the best possible seal. This layer of mod podge helps to seal the stencil, again to prevent bleeding of the paint. 

Once the mod podge layer had dried, I applied a thin coat of chalk paint with a make-up sponge. You almost want this layer to be like a dry brush layer. Once the whole stencil had been covered, I went back to the beginning and applied another thin layer. I kept building the layers up until I had a bold and even coverage of paint. 

To ensure you have crisp lines, you must remove the vinyl stencil whilst wet. And voila! A beautiful sign with crisp neat lines to your text. 

Did you like this project? Why not pin it and save for later? It will be there for when you need it!

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Till next time,

*this post was NOT sponsored, requested, or paid for; I have written it because I wanted to. The information provided is based on my own personal experience. I am not an expert and I do not work for these companies. 

About Me

Hi, I am Verity and I live in the UK.  I love to create beautiful projects whenever I can. My main passion lies with Papercrafting, however, I will always turn my hand to a new project or craft any chance I get.


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