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Double Sided Wood Sign for Fall & Christmas

Get a fall and Christmas sign in one with this DIY double sided wood sign.

What’s better than a beautiful seasonal wood sign??? How about 2 decorative wood signs in 1!!!

Fall vignette with 3D paper pumpkins and wood Hayrides sign.

One of the things I struggle with the most is finding enough storage for all my seasonal decor. And fall and Christmas are the two seasons I have the most decor for.

So to save some space, I decided to make this amazing double sided wood sign. One side is the perfect Hayrides sign for fall. And the other is a Christmas tree farm sign for Christmas.

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Top of a hitch decorated for Christmas with a Christmas tree farm wood sign, cake plate, Christmas pie plate and trees.

Hayrides Sign for Fall

The fall portion of the double sided wood sign is this simple Hayrides sign. A simple font is given some dimension with a vintage inspired drop shadow.

I love the simplicity of the sign. It makes it perfect for nestling in to any fall decor. And you can make it any color to match your own home.

I have actually made 2 of these double sided wood signs. One was given away as a gift. But I made sure to take a photo first so you can see how easy it is to change up the look with just paint!

Orange and cream hayride wood sign with stained frame on a console table.

The colorful sign was first painted orange. Then the Hayrides layer was painted on top with a cream paint.

The neutral sign was stained to match the frame first, then the Hayrides was painted on top with the same cream paint.

Two totally different looks from the same sign!

Neutral hayrides side of the double sided wood sign on a fireplace hearth next to a plant.

Christmas Tree Farm Sign

The Christmas portion of the double sided wood sign is smaller version of the large Christmas tree farm sign I made to hang over our mantel one year. I love the smaller version that fits beautifully on top of the DIY hutch in our dining room.

In both versions of the Christmas Tree sign I used a white background. Then I had some fun with using the traditional red & green Christmas colors to give the wood sign some contrast.

Christmas tree farm side of the double sided wood sign sitting on a white console table under a rustic wall clock.

And if you are using non-traditional colors in your Christmas decor, you can have fun by adding them into your own Christmas tree farm sign.

Or stick with neutrals so you can change things up if you want.

However you decide to make your own double-sided wood sign, you will love that you only have 1 sign to store and can use it to decorate your home for 1/3 of the year!

Christmas tree wood sign sitting on top of a dining room hutch decorated for Christmas.

Now I need to make another one for spring & Easter, winter & Valentine’s and more… Oh the possibilites!

How to Make a Two Sided Wood Sign

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Supplies Needed:

STEP 1- Build the Sign

Cut three 22″ long pieces from the 1×3 board. Make sure all your pieces are exactly the same width (I use a simple miter saw stop like I shared in this woodworking hacks post).

Don’t worry if your 1×3 has slightly curved edges (mine did). It’ll give the sign a shiplap look texture to it.

Add glue to the long edge of two of the boards. Glue them all together to create one large board.

Glueing 3 1x3 boards together on a work table.

Use blue painters tape or clamps to hold them tight together while the glue dries. Make sure the boards lay flat while they are drying by placing a few heavy books on top.

Holding the three boards together with blue painters tape while the glue dries.

After the glue is dry, remove the tape or clamps and sand both sides of the wood sign.

STEP 2- Paint each side

Paint or stain the front and back of the sign. Do not paint or stain the sides or the wood glue will not adhere properly.

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Let them fully dry overnight to prevent the vinyl stencil from pulling the paint off later.

Painting one side of the wood sign white with a foam brush.

Cut the stencils out of vinyl. Weed out the areas that will be painted.

Add a piece of transfer tape over the top and then pull the back of the vinyl off.

Removing the back from a white piece of vinyl cut out with the Christmas tree sign stencil.

Carefully place the vinyl on top of the wood sign. Make sure to center it on top. Smooth it down. Then remove the transfer tape.

Using a vinyl scrapper to smooth the vinyl stencil over the white painted wood boards.

Use a pouncer to dab the paint over the vinyl stencil. Use an up and down motion (not side to side) to prevent the paint from getting under the sides of the stencil.

Be careful dabbing the paint around the curved parts of the wood to prevent it from leaking underneath. You can see I just don’t have paint hitting those areas. It helps accentuate the curved texture.

Stippling black, red and green craft paint over the Christmas tree vinyl stencil.

Let the paint dry just until no longer tacky. If you wait too long, it can peel off with the stencil.

Carefully peel away all the pieces of the vinyl stencil revealing your completed wood sign!

Peeling off the last of the vinyl stencil revealing the Christmas tree farm sign.

Repeat for the back of the sign.

If you want to give your sign an aged look (like I did), lightly sand the dried sign with a piece of sandpaper to rough it up as much as you would like.

Sanding the hayrides side of the double sided sign by hand to give it a warn look.

STEP 3- Add the frame

Measure the sides of your sign and cut 2 pieces of the 1×2 to that length. It should be around 7 1/2″ but it is best to cut to fit since your boards might not be exactly 2 1/2″ wide.

Lay them against the sides of the sign back and measure for the top and bottom frame pieces (around 23 1/2″). Cut 2 pieces this length from the 1×2 board.

Stain or paint all the frame pieces.

Staining the frame pieces with a soft brown wood stain.

Attach the side pieces first by using wood glue and then attaching them with the finishing nails. You can do this by hand or use a nail gun.

Center the sign in the frame so there is an equal amount of overlap on each side.

Hang hammering the finish nails into the sides of the wood sign frame.

Then attach the top and bottom pieces so they are centered and the ends should be flush with the edges of the side pieces.

Secure with wood glue and finish nails.

Attaching the top of the wood sign frame with finishing nails.

And you are all done!

The completed Christmas side of the double sided sign laying on top of a piece of brown paper on a work table.

Now you can decorate your house from September to December with just this one sign.

You are going to love all the places you find to use this easy to build wood sign!!!

Two pictures of the DIY double sided wood sign: one of the orange and cream Hayrides sign and one of the white, black, green and red Christmas tree farm sign.

And now that I have broken the Christmas decor seal, get ready for lots more Christmas decor.

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati

Deborah L Stephens

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Tuesday 27th of October 2020

Thank you so much- it looks so great that I would never have thought that the stencil was in pieces.


Tuesday 27th of October 2020

What a great idea and so cute. Could you please explain to me the reason for the transfer tape- does that help to hold the stencil down? IS it cut out the same as the stencil pattern?


Tuesday 27th of October 2020

The transfer tape holds all the pieces of the vinyl stencil in the right place. Otherwise you have to individually place all the vinyl pieces. So you put the transfer paper on top to hold them, but it will easily release the vinyl once you place it on the sign. And no, it is not cut out, it is just a plain piece.

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