Skip to Content

How to Create a Farmhouse Sign with Wood and Shiplap

I am so excited to share with you my latest project, a Farmhouse Sign using wood, shiplap and a cute wood cutout that I picked up from Hobby Lobby.

As I was walking through Hobby Lobby one day and almost walked right by this wood cut out that says home.  Immediately I stopped, backed up and grabbed it!  That baby is going home with me today!

A farmhouse sign on my mantel made using shiplap and the word home.

I knew I wanted to create a farmhouse sign with it.  

*This post contains affiliate links, see my full disclosure for details.

How to Create a Farmhouse Sign with Wood and Shiplap

Step 1 – Spray Paint

The first thing I did was to spray paint the wood cut out that I picked up from Hobby Lobby.  

I have all this black spray paint on hand because I plan on spraying my metal outdoor chairs and dining table because they are faded so I just used a little of that, it is matte, not shiny.

This is the spray paint I used for part of my farmhouse sign.
The word home after spray painting it black for my farmhouse sign.

It took about three coats to cover every part of it in a solid color.  Make sure you let it completely dry in between coats.

Step 2 – Cut and Paint the “shiplap”

I put the word shiplap in quotes because it’s not real shiplap.  It’s actually underlayment that I had left over from my farmhouse laundry room reno where I installed faux shiplap on the walls.  

I placed the home cut out on the shiplap and determined how many pieces of shiplap to use and how long I wanted the shiplap to be.  

I cut the underlayment, aka shiplap, and painted it white.  

This picture shows a ton of stuff that I was working on in my garage.  I have a vanity project that I am also working on and most of the stuff is for that.  

You can see the shiplap on the floor in the back right corner.

Farmhouse sign the shiplap being painted.

Step 3 – Make the Frame

I dedicated an entire post on How to Make a Rustic Wood Frame.  You can check that out for the full details.  Here is the short version.

  1.  Know your measurements
  2. Cut the wood to the correct measurement
  3. Join the corners
Both of the rustic wood frames are sitting on my mantel.

Step 4 – Assemble the Farmhouse Sign

Here comes the fun part!  Putting the whole thing together to get your final product is so fun.

First, make sure your frame is sturdy and ready (don’t forget the Rustic Wood Frame tutorial).  

Now you want to take your shiplap and attach to the back of the wood frame.  Make sure you leave just a small space in between the pieces of shiplap.  Traditionally it should be the size of a flat nickel.

I used my nail gun with one-inch nails.  Make sure you don’t angle your nail gun or you will have a nail coming out the front of the sign and that’s not good!

Now you need to attach your work, in my case it’s the word home.

Place your sign on a table, or like I did put it on the floor, and using the handy dandy hot glue gun I put a ton of glue on my wood word (home) and pressed it down on the shiplap.  

I let it sit there for a few hours just to make sure it was good and hard, I didn’t want the word to slide down.  (Of course, I forgot to take pictures of this part.  UGH!  I just get going and totally forget to take those pics for you!  I am so sorry!)

If you have something with a significant weight you might want to use wood glue and place a heavy book on top to make sure it adheres well.

*TIP-Don’t let the glue go in between the gaps in the shiplap or it will get all over your table or floor.  Be strategic in where you put the glue on your word.

And here is the finished product!

A farmhouse sign on my mantel made using shiplap and the word home on it.
A farmhouse sign on the mantel with shiplap and the word home on it.
A farmhouse sign on the mantel with shiplap and the word home on it.

Another Option for Farmhouse Signs with Shiplap

I had some leftover frame and shiplap so I decided to make a second sign for my daughter.  

Instead of using a word, I added a fancy clothespin that I had leftover from grad party decorations.  

I hot glued it on and now she can add a cute picture of her and her boyfriend to it and hang it on the wall.  

A farmhouse sign using shiplap and a clothespin for hanging a picture.
Farmhouse sign using a box frame, shiplap and a clothes pin to hang pictures.

Related DIY Wood Projects

How to Build a Rustic Wood Frame

How to Install Shiplap

DIY Wooden American Flag

DIY Board and Batten, The Dining Room

Board and Batten Box Molding on Stair Walls

How to Build Industrial Shelves

Farmhouse sign pin for Pinterest

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial on How to Create a Farmhouse Sign with Wood and Shiplap and feel like you might give it a try!

Sharing is caring!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Bobette Kyle

Monday 20th of January 2020

This type of sign, with the couple's name or "Mr. and Mrs." is popular for rustic wedding decor as well. Great tutorial! (BTW, found you via @heykristiehill :) )

atlaneandhigh

Thursday 30th of January 2020

Oh thanks so much Bobette! My daughter might be getting married soon so I might have to make one for them! Thanks for stopping by!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.