30+ Awesome DIY Letter and Word Signs

There is no question that words play the main role when it comes to interaction and speech. Sure, body language and facial expressions help in communication, and fashion, art, and music is another way we express ourselves, but language… words are at the very core of it all. Words have the ability to provide support, motivation, encouragement and, of course, hurt. But I like to make good use of them.

That people like to decorate their homes with words makes a lot of sense to me, then. Whether you’re just searching for a single letter (monogram) for an original, a weighty phrase, a significant quote, poem line, song lyrics or slogan, there are some fantastically imaginative ways to make and show these for maximum effect.

Faux Floral

Faux FloralIncluding fake flowers can really make any room brighter, and it’s the ideal spring or summer decoration. This one is really easy to do as there is no need for accurate cutting or gluing, and the final product is so lightweight that you won’t have to drill any holes in the wall.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Decoist

Magnetic Fridge Letters

Magnetic Fridge LettersRemember when you were a child, these vibrant magnetic letters? I know my mom’s still stashed somewhere in a box, so it’s time for me to pick them up! I still love the idea of letters on the refrigerator so you can leave a note or something on it, but all the colors are a little too childlike, so what are you doing? Naturally, spray paint them!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – InspiredByCharm

Button Madness

Button MadnessFor something so cute, gluing buttons on wooden letters is just such a simple task! The colorful method would look great in the room of a kid, but if you want it for yourself, I would recommend that you get buttons of the same color in different shades and show it in your craft / sewing / DIYing room.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – BrightStarKids

Photobomb

PhotobombA great way to personalize the letters or words that you spell out is to turn each letter into a collage of photographs. It’s a cinch to get photos on the wooden letters–you just have to print them out (on photo paper, not standard printer paper), stick them on the wood with Mod Podge, and top them off with some polyurethane.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Myanythingandeverything

Faux Industrial Metal

Faux Industrial MetalHere’s a fantastic little cheat that gives you a very realistic look at a fraction of what the real thing cost you. In reality, pulling off is much easier than you might think–you just need the right spray combination and a very clever black pint finishing technique sponged around the edges. Brilliant!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – InfarrantlyCreative

Yarn-Wrapped Letters

Yarn-Wrapped LettersTo honestly wrap yarn around wooden letters is one of the easiest ways to decorate them. The shadow effect is also very easy to achieve, as you need only a few shades of the same color and yarn type. You can shade a single letter like in the picture, or cover each letter in one shade for a more drawn out shadow effect if you spell out a name or phrase.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – CatchMyParty

Creative Crayon

Creative CrayonI’ve seen some pretty cool projects involving the melting of crayons, but I never thought about cutting them into letters or images. It’s cheerful, colorful, and it’s the perfect addition to a kindergarten, playroom, or classroom.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Chic&CheapNursery

Copper Sheets

Copper SheetsI feel like copper is one of the most underrepresented metals, so here’s a great way to put it in your house. It has a bit of a retro look that makes me even more love it, and it’s a very simple yet effective venture.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – ABeautifulMess

Cork Board Letters

Cork Board LettersThe letters and words need not be simply motivating or beautiful, they can also be useful; the perfect example is this cork board lettering. It not only looks super cute, but it also acts as a little corkboard where you can pin notes, to-dos, ideas, etc.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – KojoDesigns

Thrifty Thumbtacks

Thrifty ThumbtacksDo you have thumbtacks? How smart is this? You could simply push these babies through a canvas or a piece of foam board to create whatever word or phrase you need. It’s pretty cheap, it’s super easy and it looks great!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Metal&Mud and TheJonesWay

Lacey Doilies

Lacey DoiliesIf you like a vintage look, you’re sure to be a fan of this one: cover your wooden painted letters in lace doilies! That’s just about everything there’s to it. As in this example, you can keep the doilies and letters the same color, or paint both in their own complementary colors.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – AveryAndAnderson

Paint Sticks

Paint SticksWho would have thought using paint sticks as DIY lettering material? It’s brilliantly creative, and it’s a painless process. Since I’m a big fan of rustic architecture, I love the exposed nuts and bolts. Also make sure you think carefully because your letters are made up of straight lines with sticks.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – MamieJane’s

Architectural 3D

Architectural 3DPrinting your own 3D letters with chipboard, paper cups for strength (genius!) and some plastic packing tape to cover it all up is actually really easy and affordable. From there, as you see fit, it’s up to you to decorate your letters.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – DickBlick

Book Folding

Book FoldingI’ve seen it before and I haven’t been able to wrap my mind around how this amazing work of art is made until today. I’m not going to lie, it’s pretty fine and time-consuming, but frankly, just look how it comes out! Simply put on a good movie, pour some of your favorite wine, and fold.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – DIYPics and Instructables

Cutting Boards

Cutting BoardsHere’s a brilliant idea for the kitchen: to glu old cutting boards with wooden letters. I like every board is different and you can see that they’ve been used – maybe you can ask friends if they’ve got any oldies lying around who’ll just be wasting.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Anderson+Grant

Chalkboard Letters

Chalkboard LettersThis is a fun fast and easy project that basically involves painting wooden letters with spray paint on the chalkboard. It couldn’t really get any easier! I love the idea of continual change as they can be continuously colored with chalk.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – MaisonDePax

Giant Scrabble

Giant ScrabbleI enjoy reading and writing, and I love Scrabble, of course. That means that one day I’m just going to have to make these for myself. It’s not a very difficult job, for the painting you just need steady hands. It brings to any room a whimsical and rustic charm.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – BourneSouthern and SomethingTurquoise

Plaster of Paris

Plaster of ParisWhy not start from scratch and make your own letters from Paris plaster instead of simply painting store-bought letters? In terms of font, size and shape, it gives you a lot of versatility. I’m also a big fan of the metallic-looking graphite powder finish, but you can decorate your blank canvas as you like!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Poppytalk

Colorful Cut-Outs

Colorful Cut-OutsThis is an idea which is truly new and gives you some additional texture and color, whether from underneath the white canvas or from a beautiful cloth. I assume it may also look great with a mirror instead of a toilet.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – BrassyApple and ABeautifulMess

Penny Pincher

Penny PincherThis is also one of my favorites as one of the easiest of the bunch. I love the look of the pennies on letters, particularly as they’re not all bright and fresh – the difference I’m after is the variety. I would use this decoration technique at home as work = money!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Joann

Plank Sign

Plank SignHere you will find a great way to make something truly lovely out of wooden boards – any flaws will just add more character to your piece. It is a quite simple project that allows you to show your favorite quote or say that every day you are inspired.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – That’sMyLetter

She Sells Seashells by the Sea Shore

She Sells Seashells by the Sea ShoreWhether you live by the sea or just like seeing it when you’re not around, it’s an old tried and tried-and-tested tradition to use seashell decorations. But you can spray all them in one color (silver!) in order to focus on the surface. I love natural colors and various shades.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – PurpleHuesAndMe

Wrapped Washi Tape

Wrapped Washi TapeWashi tape is actually just an fun thing to work with and it’s absolutely adorable to wrap your wooden letters with various strips. This is perfect for a children’s room and because today’s it’s so simple it will not be much of a drag to describe an entire name.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – TheCraftyBlogStalker

Sassy Sequins

Sassy SequinsThese over-sized pavilions create a certain sleek and traditional look and feel that can’t be ignored simply. It’s a true statement! If the wooden letters are too difficult to push thumbtacks, consider making cardboard letters or choosing polystyrene letters.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – PopCosmo

Love Shelf

Love ShelfThis is by far one of the lot’s most creative projects as it’s not just artistic, but functional as well. On Pinterest, the author saw something similar and decided to make one herself, so hopefully all the preparation has already been done for you.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – DIY:CraftingItMyself

String Art

String ArtFor quite a while now, I’ve been fascinated with this string art technique, but I’ve been procrastinating because I’m afraid I don’t have the stamina. But it looks very good, so now I think it’s time! It’s really fundable and playful, and there’s plenty of space to personalize.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Honey&Fitz and Tuts+

Crosswording

CrosswordingThis tutorial is about decorating the actual letters, not so much about the artistic placement. I think it’s just so cute and clever this crossword effect; it really brightens up the bathroom wall in a fun way.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – AquaLaneDesign

Faux Rust

Faux RustIf you’re going to look for an industrial look, you don’t have to find letters made of metal — and pay a lot for them. The rusty effect with paper mache letters, the right type of paint, rust activator and some cleverly applied upholstery tacks for a realistic look is actually very easy to falsify.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – JenniferDecorates

 

Antique Sign

Antique SignIt can sometimes be a fruitless endeavor to scavenge for genuine antique signs, so why not make your own? So you don’t just have to settle for what you can find, but you can see exactly how you want it to be! This tutorial makes it easy for you in one sitting to get this done and dusted.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – MissMustardSeed

Canvas Minimalism

Canvas MinimalismI really like this idea of white one white – instead of putting the emphasis on texture, you’re preceding colors. It’s a really simple and budget-friendly project that just shows you don’t have to eat the dollars to make your home beautified.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – InspirationForMoms

Bookworm Letters

Bookworm LettersAs a bibliophile, I feel a little uncomfortable thinking about hacking a beautiful old book, but after seeing the finished product, I have to say that I am really impressed. At any second-hand bookstore you can easily find a cheap book, but be warned, this is a messy venture!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – UnexpectedElegance

Charming Cut-Outs

Charming Cut-OutsThe rush of pallet wood is still going strong, so I had to include this small project, of course. Instead of building up your emails, it’s about taking them out, and I love the switch. Consider where you’re going to hang this before you begin to paint the wood, as the wall’s color is clear.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – InfarrantlyCreative

Magnificent Maps

Magnificent MapsI absolutely love maps and globes –my dream is to have a world map covering my whole bedroom wall, so there’s no way I’m missing it. This particular example uses maritime maps that are ideal for a beach theme; I think a London Underground map looks really cool as well.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – JaxDoesDesign

Circus Marquee Letters

Circus Marquee LettersNot only does this letter of the marquee look brilliant, but it is also a very smart way to keep some light in the space of your little one if he or she is not yet completely comfortable in the dark. But if I ever had something like this to make myself, it would certainly go to the kitchen!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – HowJoyful

Terrific Twigs

Terrific TwigsHow much easier can it get than a wooden letter gluing twigs? I love projects such as this that require minimal effort, but end up making a bold statement. The natural rustic look is so beautiful, and there is no question that the best part of this project is enjoying a nice walk to collect the twigs, apart from marveling at your creation once it’s finished.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – TheHappyHousie

Concrete Letters

Concrete LettersIf you’re searching for something strong, solid and functional, it’s the ideal solution to make your own concrete letters. You can do this in no time! Of course you can paint your letters once you’re finished, but I think it’s what makes them so appealing to keep them raw and unfinished.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – LearningCreatingLiving

Rope Word Art

Rope Word ArtDid you know the rope can be stiffened by a combination of wood glue, maize starch and water? It’s the best way to create cursive, rope-loopy words without having to pin or lock it all in place. It adds to your home a beautifully rustic and nautical dimension without any major revision.