This DIY reversible sign makes it easier to freshen your home decor. I don’t want to pack everything away as I change things around, but I do want to keep the decor fresh and seasonal. Having a reversible sign with a light and dark side is the key to this DIY.
I picked a neutral style with the wreath and the arrows. You could also be more specific to the seasons and holidays depending on how many signs you’d like to make. Have a Thanksgiving & Christmas reversible sign, maybe a Winter & Summer or just a neutral design on one side and patriotic on the other for the 4th of July lovers! This is totally customizable to your style. See how I found these free images, and text, and resized them for my project in a previous post.
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Cost to Make this Reversible Sign
I found this absolutely beautiful and thick 15″ pine round in the lumber department at Lowes for about $7. Home Depot has something similar too.
Tip: If your Lowe’s or Home Depot doesn’t have it, you can order them on their website’s.
Make this Reversible Sign
Before staining, I always give wood a light sanding with a fine grit sandpaper and remove the dust with a clean, dry cloth. Then I applied Minwax’s Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner, waited 10 minutes, and applied this Wood Stain. Always follow the directions on the products you are using. After applying the stain, use a dry cloth to wipe away all excess stain, so that it doesn’t leave a sticky residue on your piece. Once that dries, you can always add a second coat to get a deeper color.
I stained both sides, letting them dry completely. Then applied three thin coats of a white latex to just one side. I also could have used an acrylic. It would have dried much quicker. Use 1 or 2 coats of polyurethane on each side of the sign and allow that to dry. Now your sign is prepped and ready for your designs. For the light side of the sign, I used a pencil to transfer my design to the sign (see image below). On the darker side, I used a piece of white chalk. This technique works with charcoal, graphite, and carbon paper too.
Now grab you favorite paint markers or acrylic paints and brush. I used Elmer’s White Paint Marker, grey, sky blue, and gold for this sign. I chose a medium tip, but they also have a fine tip available for smaller, more precise work and a super tip for large scale projects. I’ve provided the free printable for this project at the end of this post. Have fun!
Watch this video to see how I transferred the image with pencil and painted with my Elmer’s Paint pens. 🙂
How about another easy home decor DIY? I shared 12 quick and easy ideas for Burlap Initial Signs using these same 15″ wood rounds.
Email Subscribers can download the Reversible Sign Printable Here. It is designed to work as described above, with this 15″ round 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 DIY reversible signs? 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!