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DIY Irish Blessing Sign and Entryway

Six years ago, I had my first Irish culture encounter.

Robert and I had just gotten engaged and hopped on a flight that summer so I could meet all of his relatives, the whole huge clan.

And…you guessed it…they’re Irish. From the moment I walked in the door to be greeted by his aunts and uncles and dozens of cousins, there was constant laughter, endless hugging, and so much love that exuded from every single one of them. This was family. An Irish family. And I immediately belonged, just like anyone does who is lucky enough to have a few happy Irish people in their lives.

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I’m so blessed to be surrounded by that sort of family love every day, and St. Paddy’s Day seemed like the perfect time to kick off a project I’d been meaning to do for months- a DIY Irish Blessing sign. (Two years ago I made a DIY map of Ireland, which you can find the tutorial for here.)

Supplies used:  (Affiliate links are provided below for convenience. For more information, see my full disclosure here.)

The best part, if all you have to buy is the wood, engineer print, stain, and Mod Podge, you can make this for about $40. I usually have Mod Podge and stain continuously in my stash, but maybe that’s just me and my crazy DIYness over here.

I had my quote printed onto an engineer print at Staples first. You can download your own free printable here that I made:

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It’s really nothing fancy to look at all on its own.

I rolled mine out on our kitchen table and cut on the black line to get rid of the excess paper since I wanted a long, sort of narrow sign. (Coasters apparently make great paper weights.)

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I wanted to age the paper since it was so very bright white, so I used my go-to paper aging method of brushing it with some brewed black tea and then let it dry. I used two bags of Luzianne black tea, but it probably doesn’t matter what brand you choose. (I did the same thing to Olivia’s DIY oversized sheet music signs.)

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For the wood part, Robert used our circular saw (bless… I’m always putting him to work) to cut the plywood to 48″x16″. He cut the 1x2s to the width of the plywood (48″), then cut two more pieces of the 1x2s for the sides, adding 2 inches to make them 18″ for the frame.

DIY Irish Blessing Sign and Entryway | blesserhouse.com - This is so cute! These farmhouse signs normally cost $150+!

I was a bad blogger y’all, and I didn’t photograph the next couple of steps (oops). I stained the 1×2 pieces with the Minwax Walnut and let them dry.

I brushed the Mod Podge onto the plywood to attach the engineer print to it. Start at one end and work in sections, smoothing the paper down and using an old credit card to press out any air bubbles as you work your way down the plywood to completely adhere the paper.

After the Mod Podge and stain is all dry, nail your 1x2s around the plywood to make a frame. You can see more details about that step here too. That’s it! Yay!

And hopefully, you can get a good idea of how to build it from the after:

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So now our entryway makes me want to do a little jig. Teehee!

I’m so excited to have this sweet blessing at the very front of our home to greet guests. And, truthfully, we usually need a blessing of our own as we walk in and out of the front door each day.

In case you notice, I have a touch-up spot of stain to get to on the bottom part of the sign since we had to trim it up. Keepin’ it real.

DIY Irish Blessing Sign and Entryway | blesserhouse.com - This is so cute! These farmhouse signs normally cost $150+!

Target is always out of these cute boxwood wreaths whenever I visit, so the last time when I saw one there, I snatched it right up. I’d make some myself if we actually had boxwood hedges in our yard. No such luck though.

When Robert’s parents visited Ireland last year, they picked up these tweed newsboy caps for us. Aren’t they cuuuute?

DIY Irish Blessing Sign and Entryway | blesserhouse.com - This is so cute! These farmhouse signs normally cost $150+!

I finally replaced one of my Christmas pillow’s covers with this one from H&M.

DIY Irish Blessing Sign and Entryway | blesserhouse.com - This is so cute! These farmhouse signs normally cost $150+!

And more book bundles and IKEA plants because I put these little guys everywhere.

DIY Irish Blessing Sign and Entryway | blesserhouse.com - This is so cute! These farmhouse signs normally cost $150+!

This hallway of ours gets hardly any light and is very narrow, so it’s a bit tricky to photograph.

DIY Irish Blessing Sign and Entryway | blesserhouse.com - This is so cute! These farmhouse signs normally cost $150+!

DIY Irish Blessing Sign and Entryway | blesserhouse.com - This is so cute! These farmhouse signs normally cost $150+!

DIY Irish Blessing Sign and Entryway | blesserhouse.com - This is so cute! These farmhouse signs normally cost $150+!

DIY Irish Blessing Sign and Entryway | blesserhouse.com - This is so cute! These farmhouse signs normally cost $150+!

This space has definitely come a long way in the past year.

Last spring, it looked like this:

hallway

Nowadays, it’s looking a little extra cheerful.

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You can read more about our entryway and foyer makeover process here and here if you’re new to our neck of the woods…well, suburbs.

By the way, since I get questions fairly often from you guys asking about paint sources and where I’ve bought our decor, I’ve written up a HUGE source list where you can find just about anything in our house. This thing was monstrous to round up, but I hope it will help y’all more easily find what you’re looking for.

Have you put any Irish-y green decor anywhere in your house lately? Or have you jumped ahead to Easter and full-out spring? We have a little bit of everything going on, and I love how much our house has come to life now.

Peace, love, and shamrocks to you, sweet friends!

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93 Comments

  1. I am new to your blog. I enjoyed starting from the beginning to see the transformation of your new home. I have toured many model homes and your home is as beautiful as the homes done by “interior designers” I subscribed, and confirmed my subscription, but when I try to download the printable botanicals, I get a pop-up screen asking me to subscribe. I have subscribed twice now, but still cannot access any of the printable downloads. Help!

    1. Hi Evelyn! You should receive an email after you confirm with the link to the printable gallery and password. If you still have trouble, shoot me an email at lauren@blesserhouse.com and I can email it to you directly. Sorry for all of the hoop jumping! Sometimes emails get lost in the shuffle or show up in a different folder in your account.

  2. oh I love this! And love the whole look of the entryway. Glad I found your blog on Pintrest & now following along on Instagram! 🙂 Can’t wait to try the diy with a Bible verse.

  3. I am obsessed! I love this sign and it’s a must have!
    I just picked up my print from Staples and my husband has already cut my wood. I can not wait to finish this sign and get it up in my home. Thank you for the share and it certain looks amazing in your beautiful home!

  4. I love your sign and enlisted the help of my husband to help me make one too! I just started the tea staining process and the black ink on my paper smeared when I was brushing the tea water over the printed words. Did you have any of these issues? I’d hate to ruin another sign if I have it reprinted from Staples again. Just wondering where I went wrong?!

    1. Oh no! Not sure how that happened! The blank ink on mine didn’t smear at all. You could skip the tea staining if you wanted to or if you like the antique look, you could dry brush all over the paper with a little cream and light brown craft paint instead. So sorry you’re having trouble!

  5. Just wanted to let you know that I featured this on my blog. Thanks for sharing it at the Create Link Inspire party! This is an amazing project that gets me excited to DIY something similar. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  6. I love it Lauren! And the board and batten…this just might be the straw…my hallway is extremely jealous! Thanks for linking up at Creativity Unleashed!!

  7. Wow, I love this! I got to go to Ireland a few years ago, it was amazing and I can’t wait to go back. Pinning and sharing. Thanks for linking up to #HomeMattersParty

  8. Your entrance is a show stopper. Friends must be awed entering the door. The sign, the bench and those little tweed caps all go together so well. Its a lovely way to honour your husbands heritage and the Irish traditions. Beautifully done in every aspect.

  9. I found your post shared on Facebook and had to leave you a note. What a beautiful saying and your hall is gorgeous! Pinned and shared…Even though I’m not Irish, I think I need this saying and large plaque! Thanks so much for sharing your talent!!

    1. Thank you, Wendi! You are too sweet! I think Irish doesn’t really have to be in your blood… it’s a state of mind. 😉

  10. I love this ! I have tried to get it printed but it comes out pixelated

    They are telling me its not meant to me 36 x 48

    What am I doing wrong ?

    1. Oh no! Is it the one your downloaded directly from this blog post? You didn’t save in a smaller resolution or anything?

  11. I came over to this post from your 6 week den makeover post, I was not familiar with an “engineer print”.
    Wow! What a great resource! I see so many free printables and quotes that I would love to reproduce– now I have a way to get the size I like!
    I will try this and thank you for the inspiration and suggestions.
    A whole blog on this with different applications would be great!
    Thank you!

    1. Aw that’s so sweet! I always love it too. A tapestry with this blessing hung in my parents’ house when I was growing up so it always reminds me of my childhood home. 🙂

  12. Hi I found your blog thru instagram. The sign caught my eye right away! I grew up with that blessing on a plate in my mom’s kitchen and said the full blessing at my sister’s internment. It holds a very special place in my heart. I’m so thrilled to find a DIY for it, thank you for sharing. A new follower for sure!

  13. Hi, I’m absolutely in love with your entryway. It’s stunning. I know you provided a source list which is incredible but I love your bench. Where did you find your exact bench? Imy obsessed with it. Thanks, Taylor

    1. Thank you, Taylor! I so wish there was a source for that bench. I found it for $35 on Craigslist a couple of years ago and it was the best find ever. I’ve searched high and low for a similar one but no luck, unfortunately.

  14. Hi Lauren, I am working on a large sign using your directions. Did you app;y Mod Podge over the print when you were done smoothing it? I believe on your daughter’s sign you did it that way.
    Thank you!

    1. I didn’t on this sign, but you certainly can! It will seal it that way. I should probably go back and do that step on this sign actually.

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