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How to Make a Wood Sign with a Paper Background

– Posted in: Crafts, How to, Painting, Projects

I’ve already shared my love for my latest obsession – building chairs – but I also have been having fun making wood word signs using my Silhouette Cameo.  Today, I’ll share my “how to” on making a sign with scrap plywood (I used Purebond plywood) using scrapbooking paper as the background!

Wood Signs with Paper Background

Wood Signs with Paper Background


  • 12″ x 12″ scrap of plywood
  • 12″ x 12″ scrapbooking paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Vinyl sign or symbol
  • Paint
  • Sanding sponge, fine grit


Start by thoroughly sanding the plywood. Apply a generous coat of Mod Podge, then apply the paper smoothing it out to remove any wrinkles or bubbles. Let it dry completely.

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Apply a coat of Mod Podge on top of the paper and let it dry. This will make it easier to remove the vinyl decal. 

Paper Background 5

Use the sanding sponge to rough up the Mod Podge surface, then apply the vinyl. Apply another coat of Mod Podge over the vinyl and let it dry.

Paper Background 6

Sand again, then apply the paint. I used three coats of paint to completely cover the print on the paper. Once the paint is dry, carefully remove the vinyl and lightly sand again (I know – lots of sanding!). Apply a polyurethane sealer if desired.

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Attach a hanger to the back – I like to use a soda can tab with a washer and a screw.

Paper Background 1

Voila!! So cute! I have to mention that this idea came from The Han, my teenage daughter! She’s so creative… I wonder where that comes from??

Share your fabulous work with me… Send photos to cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com or designsbystudioc {at} gmail {dot} com. I would love to feature your work on DbSC!


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  • Evonne Madison

    Tell Hannah that she is brilliant! Love this! XOXO

    • CherTexter

      I will! Such a smarty pants!!

  • Rabia @ The Liebers

    That’s cute! I would love to try that and I think I’ve actually got most of the supplies already!

    • CherTexter

      Awesome! Would you share photos if you make it? I would love to see!! Thanks for stopping by!