DIY Wooden Wall Art Under $10

Looking for an easy and affordable DIY gift for someone special? This wooden wall art with is the perfect option! I love that it is super quick and affordable. Your lucky recipient is sure to love it too!

Don’t love your handwriting? No problem! I’m a little bit of a perfectionist so I printed out the lyrics I wanted to use on paper, and used transfer paper to trace it to the wood.

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Ok so let’s break this super simple project down:

DIY handwritten wooden wall art

 Getting started


  • Untreated wood board (canvas would also work)
  • Paint Pens (any color you like)
  • Transfer Paper

I bought an untreated wooden sign from my local Michael’s. It already had a string attached and was under $5, so I thought it’d be a great option. I also purchased two paint pens, a white for the main text and a gold for accenting, for about $2 each. I found this Saral Transfer Paper on Amazon awhile back and it’s come in handy a few times, you place it face down on whatever surface you’re transferring to, and it’ll copy your design in graphite (pencil). It’s so useful and you really only use a tiny bit, so one roll lasts a long time! 

For the actual writing, you have two options. Hand-lettering is personal and charming, and if you’ve got a good steady hand, then that’s definitely the way to go. However, if you’re like me, and would rather everything be the same, you can make a template on your computer. Pictured are two fonts I downloaded for free from DaFontBromello and Lemon Yellow Sun. They have a wide variety of free fonts with all kinds of styles, so pick whatever you like!

Adjust your font sizes to your wooden board. For this project, the font size is between 110 and 140px, I had to adjust to make the words “home” and “you” stand out. It’s really a trial and error on what is going to work for the text you’re using. Cut the words out and line everything up so you have an idea of placement. 

DIY handwritten wooden wall art

Trace + Paint

Once you’ve settled on your text and made sure it fits properly, trace your lettering onto the wood board. If you’re using transfer paper, be sure the graphite side is face down. I used a ballpoint pen and applied medium pressure to transfer. You can reuse the piece of transfer paper a few times, too. 

After the design is in place and everything is traced, use a paint pen in the color of your choice to go over the graphite design. If you choose to use white, the graphite kind of mixes with it, so it’ll take a few coats to be really white. Just apply a thin coat at a time, because trying to rush it will just result in extra paint all over the place! 

You can use a metallic or glitter paint pen to add extra accent to words if you like. Just be sure your base paint is dry, then apply over. I used gold glitter to accent the words “home” and “you”. 

DIY handwritten wooden wall art


After your design has dried, you can apply a clear coat of spray varnish if you like for a glossy finish. I personally liked the look of the unfinished, matte wood, so I didn’t spray them. I liked this project so much, I made several to give away as gifts! For inspiration, I used lines from my friends’ wedding songs and put their wedding dates. 

Questions? Comments? Be sure to share below!

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  • Reply dpashkowsky January 25, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    I love creating signs like this. And the beauty of it is that it is a personalized piece of art.

  • Reply Billie January 23, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Your wood signs are beautiful! I tried making one with regular paint and it was ok, but I think the paint markers would be so much easier. I’ll have to give them a try!

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