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How to Build a Framed Wood Sign for Christmas

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Learn how to create this custom Christmas decoration and how to build a framed wood sign. 

Fresh cut trees framed wood sign

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If you like wood signs you’ll want to check out my post with everything you could ever want to know about building and stenciling a wood sign. I even have a wood sign video series devoted to the topic. 

Today I’m adding something a little different to this wood sign collection I have created, a simple framed wood sign with a Christmas stencil and vinyl words. This projects combines a few techniques to create a lovely seasonal decoration.  

Supplies for a DIY wood sign

Being with a piece of plywood 12×24 inches. This should be a flat piece that is not warped and without too many blemishes. You want an even surface for your stencil and vinyl.

A 1×2 board, 72 total inches in length for the frame.

Gray stain and white chalk paint to cover the board and frame.

Cutting machine to but the words from vinyl and the tree stencil. I used my Silhouette for this project, you can learn more in the video with this post. You can also use a Cricut to cut a similar design.

supplies for how to build a framed wood sign
vinyl on a christmas sign

Paint the plywood white and let it dry completely, then head to your design software to cut the words and tree stencil.

I cut a stencil of Christmas trees and painted them with an array of green to create a pretty forest. This gives the sign some texture and compliments the black vinyl words well.

There are a number of ways to create a stencil with a cutting machine. You can make one time use adhesive stencils with vinyl or contact paper like I did for these trees. Or you can create reusable stencils.

Watch the video and learn how to build a framed wood sign

Fresh cut trees framed wood sign

How to Build a Framed Wood Sign for Christmas

Yield: 1
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Intermediate

Learn how to build a framed wood sign and make this pretty Christmas sign.


  • 12x24 piece of plywood
  • 72 inch long 1x2
  • Paint - green, white and black
  • Gray stain
  • Black vinyl
  • Silhouette
  • Contact paper


  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint brushes
  • Rag for stain
  • Clamp


  1. Cut and sand the wood. Cut the 1x2 into pieces that will frame the board. This should be 2 24 inch pieces and 2 pieces just over 13 inches.
  2. Paint the plywood white and stain the frame pieces gray, let dry completely.
  3. Cut the words from black vinyl using a Silhouette and apply them to the plywood. Watch this tutorial for more details on applying vinyl and cutting stencils.
  4. Cut a tree stencil from Contact paper and add it to the center of the plywood.
  5. Paint the tress with green paint varying the color for each tree.


  1. Dry fit the frame around the plywood
  2. Apply a thin line of wood glue to the bottom edge of the two longest frame pieces and place them onto the outer edge of the plywood. Use a clamp to hold them in place until dry.
  3. Repeat this step for the side pieces.


Be sure to watch the video for detailed instructions.

Did you make this project?

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This post was originally published in 2018, updated with more detail in 2020.

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Monday 10th of December 2018

Thank you so much for this video, I was using the same type of wood, but struggling while trying to frame a thinner piece of wood for a chalkboard. 1) I was afraid to use wood glue, I thought it would show in my final product 2) When using my clamps it didn't even occur to me to clamp all the way across, I was clamping the corners. You saved my Christmas project! Thanks again.


Tuesday 11th of December 2018

Oh that's so good to hear, glad this was helpful for you. Merry Christmas!


Wednesday 14th of November 2018

Sarah you make this look so easy! I am always struggling with signs which seems silly now... I'll have to look at your whole series.


Tuesday 13th of November 2018

Sarah, You did such a fabulous job making your Christmas tree sign. It really look professionally done. Thanks for inspiring me.


Tuesday 13th of November 2018

Thank you so much!

Patti Mapes

Tuesday 13th of November 2018

This looks like you could buy it in a store!


Tuesday 13th of November 2018

The sign turned out great and I love how you used the 2 greens to add some extra dimension. Great job!

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