Give A Warmer Welcome With DIY Decorative Signs

Everyone wants their home to be welcoming. To be welcoming is to say to yourself, your family, and any guests you invite that your home is a place to be warm, safe, and comfortable. There are few things that can get that message across quite as effectively as a welcome sign. Here, we’re going to look at a few ways you can spruce up a DIY welcome sign These can be hung on the door, used on a vignette in the inside hall, or place on the wall to give your home that touch of relaxation and approach-ability.

Keep it simple and stencilled
If you want a nice and elaborate design on a welcome sign, you don’t necessarily need to be a fantastic artist. You can already have a piece of art that’s ready to be applied to the sign. There are all kinds of wall stencils and craft stencils that you can buy, ready to be painted onto an existing welcome sign or you can even use stencils of the particular font you want to create your own welcome message to go with it. Easily one of the most convenient ways to give your own style to a welcome sign.

Take the restaurant approach
If you’ve ever been walking by a restaurant or a bar in any major city, then you have likely noticed that they don’t always use traditional signs. Rather, they often use chalkboard signs. These signs can be a lot of fun as you can change your welcome message, add a seasonal doodle, or otherwise customize it however you like long after you have put it up. There are all kinds of DIY chalkboard signs you can build, including one that makes use of a flower planter to add a bit of life to your welcome, as well.

Give it the 3D approach
If you want to give some depth to a sign, then don’t be content simply sticking with a 2D display. With decent hot melt glue guns, you can stick all manner of things around the edges to give it the decorative flair that you want. Fabric flowers are a good example of one thing you can glue to it, but if you have any specific theme for the aesthetic in the part of the home that you’re displaying the sign, then you can make use of just about any objects that fit that theming.

Add some cursive flair
If you already have a hot melt glue gun and you’re pretty confident in your ability to wield it well, then you can use it to directly write on a sign, giving it a nice looping flair in cursive writing that’s well suited to the tool. There are things called mod melts which are not truly glue but are used with glue guns much like glue sticks. They can be used and then left to cool to draw all manner of designs. They come in a range of colours, as well, so they can be used for practically all kinds of designs.

Jazz it up with some glitter
If you’re looking for a safe and fun way to decorate a simple wooden sign with the help of your children, then there’s nothing like a bit of glitter to add some shine, as well as a touch of colour, or shimmering silver, to it. For this one, you don’t need anything more than some glue and glitter. Once you have the sign you want with the wording you want, you can coat it lightly with the glue then sprinkle as much glitter wherever you want it to go.

Switch it up
If you’re creating a sign for the indoors or you can at least keep it out of the rain, then why not create one that’s interchangeable? Using stick-on velcro squares, you can create a sign that you can attach different letters and shapes to. Much like with a chalkboard sign, you can change it to fit the seasons. This interchangeable sign project is perhaps the most complex one listed here, so you should tackle it only if you’re particularly confident in your DIY skills.

Hopefully, the above tips give you plenty of ideas on how to create your very own welcoming sign. With the right tools and a little brainstorming, you can give your sign any message or look that you want. What matters is that it makes you feel good. If you can achieve it, it will help your guests feel good, too.


  1. Oooh - love this idea.

  2. Very interesting. Never really thought of anything like this! Thanks!


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