Today I am sharing a fun Christmas craft and teaching you how to build a framed wood sign.  About two years ago I shared everything you could ever want to know about building and stenciling a wood sign. I even have a wood sign video series devoted to the topic.  Today I’m adding something a little different to this wood sign collection I have created, a simple framed wood sign with a Christmas stencil.  This is part of the Deck the Home blog hop that premiered last weekend with this Christmas wreath.  Our topic this week is a wood project and you will find a collection of beautiful and creative wood projects at the end of this post. 

Fresh cut trees framed wood sign

Today’s wood sign starts with a piece of plywood that I stenciled and added cut vinyl words to.  I added a simple wood frame with a 1×2 to give the sign some definition and depth.  This is a Christmas sign, but the technique can be used year round.  I used my go to gray stain and white chalk paint for the base of the sign, then added vinyl words to read fresh cut Christmas trees. 

supplies for how to build a framed wood sign

vinyl on a christmas sign

I cut a stencil of Christmas trees and painted them with an array of green to create a pretty forest. 

Watch how to build a framed wood sign, and check out the rest of the wood sign series while you are at it!

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How to Build a Framed Wood Sign for Christmas

How to Build a Framed Wood Sign for Christmas

Learn how to build a framed wood sign and make this pretty Christmas sign.

Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours
Difficulty Intermediate


  • 12x24 piece of plywood
  • 72 inch long 1x2
  • Paint - green, white and black
  • Gray stain
  • Black vinyl
  • Silhouette
  • Contact paper


  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint brushes
  • Rag for stain
  • Clamp


  1. Cut and sand the wood. Cut the 1x2 into pieces that will frame the board. This should be 2 24 inch pieces and 2 pieces just over 13 inches.
  2. Paint the plywood white and stain the frame pieces gray, let dry completely.
  3. Cut the words from black vinyl using a Silhouette and apply them to the plywood. Watch this tutorial for more details on applying vinyl and cutting stencils.
  4. Cut a tree stencil from Contact paper and add it to the center of the plywood.
  5. Paint the tress with green paint varying the color for each tree.


  1. Dry fit the frame around the plywood
  2. Apply a thin line of wood glue to the bottom edge of the two longest frame pieces and place them onto the outer edge of the plywood. Use a clamp to hold them in place until dry.
  3. Repeat this step for the side pieces.


Be sure to watch the video for detailed instructions.

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How to build a framed wood sign

Now take a look at these beautiful wooden Christmas projects.  

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