DIY wood signs are such a warm addition to any room no matter your style. However, if the idea of doing free-hand lettering on a sign isn’t exactly your cup of tea, know there’s an easy and inexpensive work-around for DIY painted signs!

What I love about this process is that we are using printables and making them look hand painted so you don’t have to worry about how to paint letters on wood signs.   I get a lot of questions about what kind of paint to use on wood signs and with this process, you don’t have to bother with that either.

faux handpainted sign

I love to decorate with God’s Word as there is nothing more encouraging or transforming, as I share in my post 8 Ways to Decorate your Home with Scripture {all $30 or less}.

However, my favorite are these Scripture printables because I have printed all two dozen out and can interchange them as I feel like it. 

Many stores are selling these thin wood frames that are reminiscent of the stained wood borders of the painted signs you see around.  I have noticed them at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and even Walmart.  I happened to find my frames online here.

faux handpainted signs

faux handpainted signs

Supplies Needed for DIY Paper Signs:

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Download and Print

Print each sign on letter-size card stock using the link below.   The heavier the card stock, the better.

These are set up for 8 x 10 frames but if you want a sign larger than 8 x 10, download the file and convert it to a jpg file using a free file converter like  (This will allow you to get a higher resolution image needed for larger signs.)  For Zamzar, go to the Convert Tab and select the image you want to download and select “jpg” in the drop down menu for File Type.

I promise it’s super easy and the jpg file will come to you in your inbox.  From there,  you can print a larger copy online (I like or take it to a copy store.  Make sure it is printed on matte paper in order to get the painted sign effect.

faux handpainted signs
DIY Faux Painted Signs

Add Mod Podge

After the printer ink has dried, lay your printed paper on a sheet on a flat surface.  Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge over the area within the gray line.  Let it dry completely.  If the paper curls some, it will straighten when it dries and you can lay a book on it overnight.

We will not use the glass in the frame, so the Mod Podge protects the art from humidity and gives it a painted look.  This is probably the only time you’ll use Mod Podge that you want brushstrokes!

faux handpainted sign
DIY Faux Painted Signs

Cut and Frame

Then, cut along the gray line.  Take the glass out of your frame before framing your art and you are done!  It looks just like a painted sign for a fraction of the cost.

Psalm 91 Printable


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Want to add a DIY framed art rail to any picture collage? Click here DIY Framed Art Hanging Rail (Low-Cost and Hassle-Free)

DIY picture hanging rail system

If you are interested in making DIY wood sign stencils, check out my post: Easy DIY Farmhouse Sign (No Special Equipment Needed)

How To Make Wood Signs with Stencils

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I love hearing about how these are used so be sure to comment below with where you have hung them up in your home!

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  1. I’m having trouble getting to a printable page for the scripture signs. I have subscribed, I have a password, but cannot find a link that needs them. Can you direct me to where I need to be?


  2. Good morning my sister, I Love to see Christ Handy Work and giving Him Glory through His Word. I’m looking forward to print and alive His Wonderful Scriptures to Flow from Heart. Love Velma & Bill.

  3. So your big sign above that adorable blue dresser ( Matthew 11:28-29) . I wonder if they Can do that large print at staples or some place like that ?
    I thanked the lord because he sent me straight to your blog while searching for furniture painting .,(One of my passions in life )But the fact that you share the Lord ‘word and use that analogy of transforming an old piece of furniture like the Lord rescued us from death and gave us eternal life trough his son Jesus Christ is wonderful.. that idea was always in my mind every time I would see a piece come to life . God bless you and I will add you and your family to my prayers . Pardon my English,, ☺️🙏🏻

    1. Hey Lia,
      Thank you so much for your sweet message and email! I’m not sure but it would be worth calling Staples to see what they can do and for how much! That’s a great idea. And I can so relate to what you said about how furniture pieces remind you about how God transforms us as well! So glad you are here Lia!


  4. Hi Karin,
    I have subscribed, but the password I received doesn’t seem to be working.
    It just takes me back to the ‘enter password ‘ page every time.

  5. Hi good afternoon I I subscribed and I haven’t been able to get a passcode I email you guys yesterday and I still haven’t got a reply I don’t know if I’m not doing it correct can you guide me please and by the way your page is so awesome thank you for doing this

  6. A big thank you for your ability to share God’s words and teachings all the while giving instructions for your many projects. Thank you so much!

  7. Thank you for sharing your art & know-how while weaving thru messages of truth and freedom! May God continue to bless your ministry!

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