I’ve been meaning to post this tutorial for transferring a design onto wood for a long time! Before I ever learned how to use vinyl for transferring my designs onto wood (which I used to makethis DIY wood sign with a calligraphy quote), I used a super easy pencil tracing method all the time. Here is one of my favorite signs from my wedding, our honey favors sign, where I used this easy pencil tracing method:
For this tutorial, I decided I wanted to make a mini, wood framed sign that will eventually be part of a gallery wall I am planning.
HOW TO EASILY TRANSFER A DESIGN ONTO WOOD – PENCIL TRACING METHOD:
- Blank wood sign or piece of wood – I built a 9″x9″ wood sign (using this DIY Sign tutorialwith different size cuts), but you can buy similar pre-made, blank wood signs here and here.
- Printed Design
- Paint Marker or Permanent Marker (Make sure to use a fine point tip if your design is small like mine or medium tip if you have a larger design)
- Masking tape
*For more details on DIY wood sign making, check out my post on how to paint wood signs and how to frame wood signs.
A full video tutorial is available at the top of this post!
1. Print out your design at the appropriate size needed for your wood. Then, cut the excess white paper off around your design. I used this 8″ x 10″ Home Sweet Home printable which is available in the shop and it was a perfect fit after I cut off the excess white paper!
P.S. Sorry for the dark photos, I did this project at night!
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