Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Pottery Barn Christmas Sign Knockoff

Hi Friends

I am so excited that Christmas is near; I am one of those girls who love to decorate the house, cook the traditional turkey & ham and have Christmas music playing in the background until Christmas day is over! (My husband got over it after our first year of marriage! lol)

I wanted to make a Christmas sign to put up around our home, so as usual I checked out Pottery Barn for inspiration when I came across this lovely sign. 

I wanted something with a bit more Christmas meaning around our home given our faith and also something that wouldn’t take too long to paint.

How to: 
  • (I have used two different signs in pictures here as I forgot to take picture in the first one!)
  • My husband cut a piece of v-groove plywood measuring 45 cm wide and 19 cm deep.
  • I stained it using a Feast Watson Prooftint Brown Japan.
  • I lightly painted over the stain with a red acrylic paint. (The paint will smudge on your finger until it has been sealed).
  • I sanded the edges to give that distressed look.
  • Once I positioned the printed wording and snowflakes, I used carbon paper to trace it on the wood.
  • I painted the lettering with white acrylic paint.
  • I had some spare pieces of decorative timber in the garage which my super husband cut to measure the sign.
  • I painted the timber brown and glued it on leaving it overnight.
  • Once the sign was completely dried, I sealed it with an all purpose sealer.
Finally my own version of the Pottery Barn Christmas sign which I just need to find a space to hang.


If you get a chance I encourage you to watch MyHope by Billy Graham -http://myhopewithbillygraham.org/programs/the-cross/. So inspiring to hear from such a great man who at 95 years old is still faithfully advocating for our beautiful Jesus!

‘Love is to the heart what the summer is to the farmer's year. It brings to harvest all the loveliest flowers of the soul.’

Billy Graham
Anita xx


  1. This is sooo cute! I tried making signs last year as homemade Christmas gifts, but couldn't find a paintbrush that would work. Can you please recommend a good one for this type of task? I ended up using a sharpie but it wasn't nearly as pretty as yours. :-)

    1. Hi Shannon, thank you! I used the Artist First Choice brush 10/0 which is really good for painting letters. You should be a able to purchase it from an art supply store. I hope this helps. Have a wonderful day! :)

  2. Wondering what font you used

    1. Hi I used font 'Before the Rain.' Hope this helps you should be able to download it for free, I downloaded via a link from Pin Interest which I can't remember now. Hope this helps. Have a lovely day! :)

  3. Great idea using carbon paper! I pinned this ; )