Rustic Christmas Sign – 12 Days of Christmas {Day 5}

The project I had planned for Day 5 of my 12 Days of Christmas was a bust.  It just wasn’t turning out as I’d envisioned it, so I was wracking my brains to come up with another project.  Then I realized I didn’t have a sign planned yet, and I love doing signs for Christmas.  While soaking in the bathtub later (a.k.a. my “office”), I looked up at the rustic sign I’d made that had an imaginary business name on it (seen HERE), and immediately, “Mrs. Claus Cookie Co.” popped into my head.  The jolly old gal doesn’t get near as much attention as her hubby, so my sign would pay tribute to her.

Rustic Christmas Sign

I knew I wanted the sign to look old and rustic, so I scrounged up the most rough piece of old wood I had in my stash, and combined some chalky paint powder from The Vintage Storehouse Restoration Co. with some red paint I had leftover from making my son’s British flag sign.

make a Christmas sign

I used my palm sander to smooth out the roughest parts, revealing some of the wood underneath.

distressed painted wood

I used a foam brush to paint the lettering over the stencil.

painting a Christmas sign

I did just a slight bit of sanding over the letters once they had dried – just enough to reveal a bit of the red paint and wood under them.

painted Christmas sign

I wanted to tone down the white paint a little, and make the sign look a little older, so I waxed the whole thing first, then used a brush to “pounce some antiquing powder over it.  I like using the powder, because it settles down into the grooves in the wood, then you can use your towel that still has wax on it, to wipe back the powder from the smoother parts.  It gives the sign a more authentic look if it isn’t too “browned” all over, like you get when using wood stain.  A little container of the powder lasts a long time, and goes a long way as well, so it’s very economical.  The powder comes from The Vintage Storehouse Restoration Co. as well.

aging a painted sign

If you are wondering about the date I added to the bottom of my sign, I researched the history of Santa Claus, and back in 1821 the first lithographed book in America was published, called, “Children’s Friend”, which was written about “Sante Claus”, similar to the jolly old guy in the sleigh that we know of today, which differed from the saintly bishop that was known of before that time.  Just some random trivia for you!

I added a few cup hooks at the bottom of the sign, to dangle some of my metal cookie cutters from, and attached D-ring hangers on the back.  This sign is available in my shop HERE.

Christmas Cookie Sign

You can make your own sign with the Mrs. Claus stencil available here.

Christmas stencil

Also available from Knick of Time’s Vintage Sign Stencils:

North Pole Express stencil

North Pole Express Christmas Stencil from Knick of Time's Vintage Sign Stencils - KnickofTime.net

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Kringle’s Toy Co. stencil

Kringles Toy Co. stencil by Knick of Time's Vintage Sign Stencils - KnickofTime.net

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{Click HERE to see all of the 12 Days of Christmas projects and printables – the link will be updated each day!}

Christmas Crafts

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Comments

  1. This is so adorable, Angie. I have a seperate board for red & white Christmas decoration and will certainly pin this beautiful sign.
    Julia

  2. very cute. I love the idea of creating something new every day…now if I could just keep the people in my house healthy long enough for me to hang up my nurse/mom cap. lol
    Debbi
    YankeeBurrow

  3. What a cute idea for a sign! I love that it’s unexpected 🙂

  4. How cute is that, and the cookie cutters just bring out the charm.

  5. sandi Allen says:

    Love, Love, Love your sign!
    Thanks for sharing all your tips, tricks, and how-to’s.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Sandi

  6. I love this sign Angie. The red is perfect, and I love that you gave Mrs. Claus her due.

  7. I love the red and the whole wording!

  8. So cute! Thank you for the tutorial, Angie.

  9. Sweet sign!! If I get my kitchen painted this sign would look so cute hanging on the soffit!

  10. Love this, Angie!!

  11. Oh Angie, the sign is so cute! Thanks for the tip about transferring the letters! Have a nice Thanksgiving!

  12. Love this! That red is amazing too… swoon worthy!

  13. Love this. One of the cutest signs I’ve ever seen

  14. Found you via #hometalkTuesday and I’m so glad I did! Super cute! Pinned so I can make one soon! Thanks for sharing!

  15. I love your sign. What are the measurements of your board?

  16. I love that you gave Mrs Claus her due. Thanks for sharing another great idea.

  17. connie worthington says:

    love this sign, when you use stencil do you anything to hold stencil down

    • Connie, you can use spray stencil adhesive, but I generally don’t on wood signs. I just make sure I have VERY little paint on my stencil brush and tamp lightly with it so it doesn’t bleed under the stencil.

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