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Farmhouse style wood signs are a fun way to personalize your space. They are fairly easy to make yourself too. What’s your favorite style of farmhouse sign? Do you love hand painted, vinyl or even 3D with wood cut outs applied to the sign? Today I’m making a wood sign that is engraved with a dremel rotary tool. I wanted a pleasant greeting (Welcome to our Home) to go above my free pallet console table in the entryway.
How to Make a Welcome Farmhouse Sign
- 1/2″ plywood (at least 8 1/2″ x 30″)
- 1 – 1″ x 2″ x 8′ board
- wood glue
- paint (I used DecoArt Relic Chalky Finish)
- 1 1/4″ brad nails
- picture hanger
When it comes to tools, there are many different tools that can accomplish the same task. On this project, I’m reviewing the Dremel 3-tool combo kit and doing as much of the project using these tools.
- Dremel engraving bit
- Tape Measure
- 1 – 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ x 30″ – back board
- 2 – 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 30″ – frame top and bottom
- 2 – 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 10″ – frame sides
Cut the back board plywood to size – 8 1/2″ x 30″. I used the saw max and a straight edge to trim my scrap piece of plywood down to size.
I painted the back board with DecoArt Relic, a dark gray color. Then let the paint fully dry.
If you want to use my Welcome to our Home, you can print that out here –> Welcome pattern <– Download and print the 3 pages on landscape and at 100% not fit to page. Tape the pattern together, there will be some overlap on some letters.
Use white chalk and rub the chalk on the back of the pattern where the letters are.
Place the welcome pattern onto the painted back board and center it. Use a sharp pencil or pen and trace the letters, the chalk will transfer a small outline onto the paint.
Use the Dremel rotary tool and an engraving bit to engrave the letters onto the back board.
Time to add the frame. Cut 2 of the 1×2 pieces to 30″ long (or the length of the back board). Use wood glue and 1 1/4″ brad nails to attach the top and bottom pieces to the back board.
Measure the length needed for the side pieces (about 10″) and 2 side pieces accordingly. Use wood glue and 1 1/4″ brad nails to attach the sides to the top and bottom frame and back board.
Use the flush cut blade for the oscillating tool to trim any excess wood from the side pieces.
Use the sander attachment to smooth any rough areas on the frame.
Stain the frame as desired. I used aged oak with a little weathered gray on top to tone down the yellows. Let the stain fully dry.
Add a picture hanger on the back, or route a key hole to hang the welcome to our home farmhouse sign.
What do you think of the engraved look? It’s not as crisp as vinyl, but I do like the added dimension.
Thoughts on the Dremel 3-tool Combo Kit
The Dremel combo kit is handy kit and the tools are very versatile. There are a lot of projects and repairs that you can do around the house with these tools. Just note that all of the included tools are the very base models. There aren’t any bells and whistles like you might find with the upper tool models. One other thing to note is that the kit comes with very few accessories, but you can buy the accessories you need either ala carte or in bundles.
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