DIY Kit: Sign

Our DIY Kits are great for any occasion. Girls night in, date night, birthday parties, team building and more! Not only do you get the thrill of doing it yourself (DIY) but you also don’t have to worry about planning one thing! We handle that for you. Already purchased your kit? Here’s a few step by step videos to help walk you through your DIY kit!

Step 1: Stain

Using the stain and stain brush (wooden brush with bristles) included with your kit, lightly dip and apply stain to each visible side of your 1x4 wood planks.

  1. Every side of the plank will be visible, except for the bottom, which is the side with guide holes drilled into it.

  2. Be careful to not apply too much stain, less is more. If you have an old rag or paper towel, use this to wipe the stain and create a more even look and to help the stain dry quickly.

  3. Let the stain dry for one half hour, or longer if more stain was used. (You can expedite this time by using a blowdryer (on cold) or fan.)

Step 2: Assembly

Line up your wood planks how you would like, with the stained side facing downward.

  1. You can lay the planks evenly, either horizontally or vertically, or stagger them depending on preference of look for your sign.

  2. Once you have laid them down in the fashion you would like, place your 1x2 supports down onto the back of your wood planks, with each guide hole lined up on a different wood plank.

  1. Using a screwdriver (or electric drill), screw the included supports (1x2s) into your 1x4 wood planks. Utilize the guide holes that are drilled into the supports to screw into your wood planks. Make sure that each guide hole is drilled into a different wood plank, so that the entire piece is stabilized.

Step 3: Apply Design

Apply your stencil vinyl.

  1. Your stencil vinyl has three parts. The paper backing, the stencil and the transfer paper (clear layer on top). The first step to this process is ensure you know where you are placing your stencil.

  2. Once you’ve identified a location, remove the paper backing from the vinyl (the white paper from the back).

  3. Place the vinyl in your desired location.

Step 4: Removing Transfer Tape

Take an old card (credit card, room key, gift card, etc.) and press down the vinyl. It’s important at this stage to ensure the vinyl is very secure to your sign.

  1. Once the stencil is pressed down and all bubbles have been pushed out of the design area (see a video of this at McAlpinCreative.com/diy-sign-kit) you are ready to remove the transfer paper.

  2. Starting in any corner, begin removing the clear layer of transfer paper. Go slow. This is the most difficult portion of the DIY kit. Each portion you pull, press the blue stencil down to ensure the stencil isn’t removed with the transfer paper. (Some designs are more difficult than others. When in doubt, go slow and continue to press down the blue stencil. If a portion tears, simply push it back down.)

Step 7: Removing Stencil

To remove the stencil, gently pull up the edges and remove all blue stencil vinyl.

  1. You may choose to use tweezers to remove small pieces that are hard to grab with your finger nails!

Step 5: Press Design Down

Once the transfer paper is removed, go back over the design with your card to press the stencil vinyl back down, ensuring there are no areas that are not securely attached to the sign.

Step 6: Painting

Once the stencil is securely placed, it’s time to paint! Choose your color and, using the sponge brush, lightly dab your paint onto the design.

  1. Apply your paint LIGHTLY, too much paint could result in the paint seeping under the stencil, altering the final result. Allow the first coat of paint to fully dry.

  2. Apply a second coat of paint.

  3. Allow to fully dry. (You can expedite this time by using a blowdryer (on cold) or fan.)