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DIY Vintage Wood Trick for Wedding Signs

If you’ve seen those cute DIY vintage wedding signs floating around Pinterest, you know how adorable they look at a rustic or even a shabby chic wedding. The great news is that they’re super easy to make, even if you don’t have any vintage wood lying around.

Vintage Wedding Signs

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • (1) 2 x 2 about 12 inches long
  • Coffee grounds (you can use the ones you brewed coffee with already)
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • Paint (to create the lettering on the sign)
  • 1 sign post
  • Steel wool

Start by adding the coffee grounds to the vinegar. Allow it to sit overnight until the vinegar soaks up the color of the grains. Once this is completed, you will use the steel wool to apply the vinegar mixture to the wood. Rub the steel wool against the wood in circular motions, allowing the vinegar to stain the wood. The result will be a deep, muted brown that looks like vintage varnished wood.

Once this is complete and you’ve covered the entire piece of wood, you will allow it to dry for 24 hours. Then, you can use the paint to apply the letters you want. Make sure you trace them out with pencil first so you can ensure a good fit. Then you will use wood staples to attach the wood to the sign post. You can even embellish the sign with ribbon or bows to make it more noticeable.

It’s just that easy – and your sign will have that same vintage look but without the years and years of aging. These signs are great for pointing out various parts of the wedding (food, restrooms, dancing, etc.) and are really impressive!

Vintage Wooden Wedding Sign
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