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:

  • Coffee grounds (you can use the ones you brewed coffee with already)
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 White paint marker (to create the lettering on the sign)
  • 1 sign post or easel
  • 1 steel wool
  • Nails and hammer, or staple gun
  • 1 2×2 wood post (only $3 at Lowes or Home Depot)

Okay, now what?

  1. Start by adding the coffee grounds to the vinegar. Allow it to sit overnight until the vinegar soaks up the color of the grains. Don’t be stingy with the coffee grounds.
  2. 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.
  3. Let dry for at least 24 hours.
  4. Start painting! (You may want to write our your text in pencil lightly first to make sure your spacing works well)
  5. Nail or staple the wood to your post, or set on easel.

You can also embellish the sign with ribbon, bows, flowers or lace to make it more unique.

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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