DIY Metal and Wood Christmas Sign

Fact:  We’ve already watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 6 times this month. I know. It’s completely premature. I think our “Livie Bug” has caught the bug. But in her defense, she gets it honest. Robert and I get all giddy and giggly when the Christmas decor starts popping up in our town.

Since we’re hosting a big family Thanksgiving this week, we got a jump start on the Christmas decorating. And in the midst of pulling out the bajillions of tangled strands of twinkle lights, I decided to get crafty…again.

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I got the idea to do a Christmas version of my DIY Pumpkin Patch Sign that I made for fall. But this time, I wanted a little industrial fun in the mix with some metal letters.

If you feel like getting crafty too and want to make this DIY metal and wood Christmas sign for yourself, here’s what I used: (Affiliate links are provided below for convenience. For more information, see my full disclosure here.)

To construct the sign, I cut my 1x4x8 furring strips into thirds with the circular saw at 32″ long. I used 7 of the cut furring strips to make my sign 32″x24″ since those measurements would work best on top of our media cabinet.

DIY Metal and Wood Christmas Sign | blesserhouse.com

I layed all 7 of the 1×4 furring strips face-down beside each other. Then, I made two cuts from my 1×2 furring strip at 24″ for the width of my sign.

I used some wood glue for extra security on the back of the 1×2 strips.

DIY Metal and Wood Christmas Sign | blesserhouse.com

Then I nailed them across the back of the 1x4s.

DIY Metal and Wood Christmas Sign | blesserhouse.com

Whenever I stain a project, I like to use a wood conditioner first to keep the stain from being splotchy. I just followed the directions on the back of the can- basically, swipe it on, wipe it off after a minute, let dry, and you’re good to go.

DIY Metal and Wood Christmas Sign | blesserhouse.com

Then, I used my FAVORITE wood stain (besides the homemade kind that is).

DIY Metal and Wood Christmas Sign | blesserhouse.com

Once the stain was dry, I just put a few nails in place to hang my letters. Since these are meant to hang on a wall, they already had the hangers built into the backs. I got mine for 50% off at Hobby Lobby. Woot woot!

DIY Metal and Wood Christmas Sign | blesserhouse.com

I added one more nail to hang a wreath I already had, and it was done!

DIY Metal and Wood Christmas Sign | blesserhouse.com

It’s really simple, but I love how it turned out.

DIY Metal and Wood Christmas Sign | blesserhouse.com

Since I already had the wreath and wood stain, the entire thing cost about $55. That’s still not exactly cheap in my book, but if I’d bought it already made somewhere, it would have cost way more, I’m sure.

DIY Metal and Wood Christmas Sign | blesserhouse.com

And sometimes when I get an idea that I’m excited to try out, I just can’t help myself.

DIY Metal and Wood Christmas Sign

Rustic Woodland Christmas Tour (11 of 90)

I can’t wait to show off all of the Christmasy goodness with a few other secret projects happening behind-the-scenes right now. You’ll be seeing lots of it starting next week.

But first…turkey. If I’m being completely honest though, the dessert spread is what I’m most excited about, aren’t you?

Rustic Woodland Christmas Tour (7 of 90)

What do you think? Are you loving this cute industrialish sign as much as I am? Have you started on the Christmas decor at your house? If not, congratulations, you’re sane, unlike the three of us currently wrapped up in our rogue light strands all over the place.



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  1. Hi Lauren! I stumbled across your site from Pinterest and was looking for the DIY coffee table you did! That was an awesome find! Anyway, I started clicking through all your various projects and I’m hooked on your blog! I really *like* your style! I was thinking, if you wanted to revamp this sign for the upcoming Christmas (yes I am a Christmas-nut and love looking for ideas/decor year-round) maybe paint the wood trim around the letters red? Just a thought to give it a little more of a pop since most of your beautiful decor is soft and neutral! For now, I’m enjoying your fall decor and trying to spruce up my apartment while getting ready for my wedding (October 29th!) I’m looking forward to reading/seeing more! PS: Joanna Gaines is my spirit animal too 🙂

  2. Do you happen to have an item number or description for the letters? I saw some today at an out of town shopping trip to hobby lobby but didn’t think to write down a number so I could look online!

    1. I scoured their website just now and couldn’t find them. But I JUST saw them today when I was at my nearby Hobby Lobby, so I know they still carry them. I can’t find any markings on the actual letters though. I’m so sorry. :-/

  3. Love it! Seeing all the beautiful Christmas decorations on Instagram and now here makes me want to drag out the decorations. However, I’m holding out till after Thanksgiving.

    1. Haha! I’m an odd bird this year. I normally hold out until after Thanksgiving too, but this time around, Christmas tour dates took over to get it done early. Hope you’re enjoying it all now though. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Carol! That’s where ours came from too. We had a good many of those furring strips left from the b&b. All the more reason to keep on creating. 😉

  4. Looks great! Easy project and perfect for Thanksgiving company! I love the letters you found too. 🙂 I love that your daughter has got the bug. My kids do too and we have been cranking up the Christmas music and watching our favorite Christmas movies too! Never too early. 🙂

    1. I’m telling ya. I thought Christmas was fun before but once we had a kid, Christmas is even more a blast. It is soooo fun to see those little ones’ faces light up at everything this time of year. I agree. Never too early. 😉

  5. I love it! We put up our Christmas tree this weekend! And it was my husband’s idea to put it up early – I was so surprised! I’ll send a picture of it some time, to show how I diy’d the entire tree South Africa style!

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