Try this easy DIY for a Farmhouse twist on a Star Wars Sign. You can show your love for Star Wars without sacrificing style.
So, I confess. I’m a total fangirl. Have been since I was a kid that loved Sci-fi. Don’t make me decide between Star Wars and Star Trek, there’s room in my heart for both. 😉 But, since Star Wars Day (May the 4th) is a thing now, I decided to use this excuse to create some Farmhouse-style home decor. This week I grabbed inspiration from those classic Subway-style list signs. This Star Wars Sign lists some of the most well-known Planets from the world of Star Wars. Geeky, I know, but I love it! I hope you do too! You can get the free printable for this sign at the end of this post.
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Cost to Make this Star Wars Sign
For a section of plywood this size and the 1″ x 2″ for framing, you’ll pay less than $10. Yea!
How I Designed this Star Wars Sign
I used my Powerpoint Design Steps (detailed here) to design this sign for a 14 1/2″ x 30″ piece of wood. A quick google search found a free Star Wars font. Make sure to only download files from trustworthy sights, though. The key with the classic Subway-style signs is to change the font size based on the length of the word. I made the longer words a bit smaller, and the shorter words a bit larger. So, I had 3 font sizes and centered everything on the slide (sized to my wood) so that it looked balanced. Time to save as PDF and print as poster.
Preparing your Wood for this Star Wars Sign
I cut a leftover piece of plywood to 14 1/2″ x 30″ with my Ryobi Cordless Circular Saw. Then used my Ryobi Cordless Sander to sand the front and sides with 60 grit sandpaper. I patched a small crack with Dap Plastic Wood Filler, allowed to dry, then sanded the whole piece with 120 grit for a nice smooth finish. I used a clean cloth to remove any leftover dust and primed with Zinsser 123 Water Base Primer. After that dried, I put on a thick coat of Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint in Pewter Grey. I like to use craft acrylic’s when possible because they dry so quickly and the color choices are great. Let that dry and you’ll be ready for the next step.
Transferring the Text to this Star Wars Sign
This is probably the longest step. It took me about 4 hours to rub the pencil all over the back of the printable, line it up on the wood, trace over each letter, then copy over that with my Elmer’s White Paint Marker, fill the letters in, and then give the letters a second coat with the marker. This font is based on a lot of straight lines, which means you have to be a bit more precise than you would with a script or curvier font. I really need to buy a Silhouette Cameo Kit or Cricut. Having vinyl letters would make this whole process take about 30 minutes. Maybe for Mother’s Day. 😉 I finished this sign off with a light sanding with 220-grit sandpaper to give it a bit of an aged look and with a coat of Rust-oleums’s Matte Polyurethane.
How I framed this Star Wars Sign
I used 1×2 Select Pine for the frame. You could use whiteboard too, just find very straight pieces. I made a rabbet cut into the frame and used 45-degree miter corners for this piece. This required a table saw, miter saw, and wood glue. For a simpler, but still popular frame you can make straight cuts with your circular saw then glue and brad nail it together. Here’s an example of that frame on the menu board for my kids diner kitchen.
After the cuts were done, I lightly sanded the frame with 120-grit sandpaper. This cleans the wood and gets it ready to accept stain. Brush away the dust and apply wood conditioner, per container instructions. The wood conditioner helps the wood accept the stain evenly. After the wood conditioner soaks in, about 10 minutes, you can apply your stain. I used 2 coats of Minwax’s Special Walnut. Be sure to follow the container directions and allow to dry properly before applying the second coat. I save scraps of old clothes for staining. Such a great way to upcycle clothes that are in too rough a shape to donate.
Once dry, I assembled the frame with wood glue and clamps. Once that set, I glued the sign into the rabbet cut. Be sure to wipe away all excess glue. Once that dried, I applied another coat of poly to the sign and the frame. Now we get to wait for more drying. 😉 After it’s dry, attach hardware to hang the sign. I used a sawtooth hanger. Hang that new fangirl (or fanboy) art and enjoy!
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Email Subscribers can download the Planets of Star Wars Subway-style Sign Here. It is designed to work as described above, with a 14 1/2″ x 30″ piece of wood. See instructions above. Save this PDF to your computer, then open in Adobe Reader. Opening in your web browser will not give you the option to print as a poster. 🙂
Feeling inspired? Want to make your own Star Wars Subway-style Sign? Follow the links above to get the things you’ll need. Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Or post pictures of your work and tag Abbotts At Home on FB, I’d love to see it!