Create one of a kind, unique and personalized teacher gifts with this DIY hand painted wooden pencil door sign! My step by step tutorial will teach you how to draw the pencil outline, cut the wood, paint it and add a ribbon bow!
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Welcome Hometalkers!! I’m so glad you are here! I’m Stephanie and I’m so excited to share one of my most favorite DIYs with you, a DIY Pencil Door Sign!
My daughter’s teacher’s birthday is coming up, so you all know what that means…you need a gift! Because I’m the queen of handmade gifts I just had to think of something to make, preferably from supplies I already had (because hey, lets face it! Doesn’t it seem like every time you turn around you’re shelling out money for this and that and this and that for school related happenings?? — I know I’m not alone on this one! ha!!)
I’ve always allowed my kids to help me with every project I do so this one was no different. They were the best little helpers and made this hand painted wooden pencil door sign extra special!
It was so easy to make, so easy that you all can make it too! For less than $10! Let me show you how you can make your own!
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- Sanded 1/4″ plywood
- Jig saw
- Sand paper, 220 grit
- Drill and drill bit set
- Acrylic paint
- Paint brushes
- 16 gauge wire
- Wired burlap
- Dowel rod, 1/2″
- Wooden clothes pins
- Needle nose pliers
I created a template for you to download, print and copy to create your very own sign!
My daughter drew the pencil and then I took my Black & Decker Jig Saw and cut it out. (If you are looking for a saw that is easy to use I 200% recommend a jigsaw! Seriously it’s beyond easy to use, isn’t scary at all and can cut through most anything you would ever need to cut!)
Cutting Out The Pencil
The kind of wood I used was 1/4″ plywood which can be found at your local hardware store.
Once the wood is cut, use 3M fine grit sand paper to sand down the edges.
Drill Holes for Hanging Wire
Drill 2 holes, one on each side of the top for the wire hanger.
Next you want to drill two holes for the wire hanger that you will add later on. This little Black & Decker drill is actually my sons. (It’s really for adults but as I mentioned earlier, my kids are involved in every project so they needed their own real tools!)
I chose to make the wire a bit more decorative so I twisted the wire around pliers into a coil shape, rather than a “knot”.
Use 16 gauge wire to make the door hanger.
How To Make A Ribbon Bow
Now it’s time for the bow! I used wired burlap ribbon and fun colored ribbon.
- Fun colored ribbon: wrap ribbon around a large wooden dowel rod securing in place with clothes pins on either end of the dowel rod, holding down the ribbon
- Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes
- Scrunch all of your pieces of ribbon together and tie together with the 16 gauge wire for the hanger (you can also use pipe cleaners or twisty ties).
- Once the bow is complete secure it to the hanging wire by twisting the wires together.
And there you have it! So easy! So simple! So cheap! and Sooo didn’t take a long time!
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