Ingenious DIY Outdoor Sign Ideas


Welcome to the world of home DIY! If you’re not sure where to start, here are ideas for outdoor signs that will get you inspired. From monogrammed doormats to chevron slatted signs, this list has something for every style. Signwriters Sydney who design your signs will need to follow the instructions so that your sign will look marketable.

Monogrammed Doormat

A doormat is a great way to welcome people to your home, so why not make it more personal by monogramming? Make your own custom doormat using stencils (which are available in all kinds of fonts), or paint an existing one with fabric paint. You can also spray-paint a plain mat with a metallic or iridescent finish for something different!

Address Numbers as Farmhouse Art

Address numbers can be used as decorative art.

  • Paint address numbers on a board and nail it to a wall, fence, or door.
  • Use numbers that have meaning to you. For example, if your house number is 1235, use words like “love” and “dreams.” If your address is 8876 River Road in Pittsburgh PA 15235 USA, maybe add some Americana themes like stars or stripes. Whatever works for you!

Chevron Slatted Sign

  • Use a slatted board to create your sign.
  • Use stencils or paint to create a chevron pattern on the board—the more intricate, the better!
  • Write “Welcome” with a paint pen at the top and list your favorite things below it (if you want).

Floral Wreath with Welcome Sign

  • Get a wire wreath form and floral wire.
  • Thread the floral wire through the wreath, then wrap with floral tape to secure it in place.
  • Use a wire cutter to cut the length of floral wire needed for your sign, and attach it in a way that will hold up in outdoor weather (e.g., hammering the end of each piece into place).
  • When you’re finished making your sign, use a drill to attach it onto one side of your wreath by drilling through both pieces at once. Finally, use a hammer and nails or staples for added security if necessary!

“Hello” Sign with Twine Letters

This is a great idea for an outdoor sign that says “Welcome”, “Hello” or even “Happy Birthday”. It can be used as an indoor decoration as well!

Materials Needed:

  • Twine (you may need to buy a few colors of twine)
  • Stencils or pencils (to trace your letters)

To Make the Letters:

  • Use the stencil to trace out each letter onto the twine in your chosen color of twine. You can also make your own stencils by drawing out simple shapes like stars and hearts and then cutting them out with scissors or an exacto knife! 2. Cut off any excess length from each piece of twine after tracing it onto another piece of scrap paper first so that you know what length will fit between two nails later on when it comes time for hanging this sign up outside 🙂 3.- Next, use a hot glue gun (or any other kind too if you don’t have one handy!) To attach all those small individual pieces together into one big word instead! 4.- Once they’re all glued together tightly then take down whatever kind tool was used earlier on in step #2 (the stencil) because now there’s no need anymore because everything has been glued properly together; just leave those scraps behind since they’re not needed anymore either… 5.- Now cut off any excess length left over after running through all that work yesterday evening/night before bedtime last night 🙂 6.- Next step would be to paint over everything with some acrylic paint which takes about 30 minutes depending on how thickly applied each layer gets painted onto both sides separately within said 30 minutes time frame 😉 7 – After painting both sides successfully then let dry overnight before hanging outside tomorrow morning at sunrise!!!

Hand-Painted Wooden Post Sign

  • Hand-Painted Wooden Post Sign

This is the easiest, most rustic sign option. All you need is a few supplies and some time to hand-paint your message on a wooden post or stake.

  • Paintbrush (or roller, if you prefer)
  • 2-4 paint colors of your choice, plus white for the background
  • Stencils (optional)

Pallet Wood Outdoor Sign

  • Use a pallet.
  • Get your hands on a saw, hammer and paintbrush (or get them from your toolbox).
  • Drill holes into the wood at different heights to create a pattern or design.
  • If you want to add more detail, use a drill bit to create smaller holes.
  • Use screws and nails to secure your sign where needed; if you want it to be more permanent with less chance of falling over after rain or wind, use metal brackets instead of screws for extra support!

“Welcome” Etched on Mirror for Porch

  • Gather your materials
  • Mirror
  • Etching cream (like the Rust-Oleum Glass Etching Cream, available at Amazon)
  • Stencil of the word “Welcome” or other lettering you’d like to use (available in a variety of shapes and sizes on Etsy)
  • Apply stencil to mirror surface with painter’s tape, making sure it is secure but not too tight — if it’s too tight, your etchings may look more like embossed print rather than etched lines; if too loose, it may fall off during application!
  • Using a sponge brush or sponge applicator pad (recommended), apply small amounts of etching cream onto areas where you want the design to appear when done; ensure that the entire surface is covered by applying in small sections at a time until complete coverage has been achieved before moving onto another section – this will prevent any area from not being coated properly which would result in unwanted smudges where there should be none!

Painted Rocks with Welcome Messages

Painted rocks are a great way to welcome guests at your front door. If you don’t have any rocks laying around your yard, ask friends and family members if they do—or buy some from a craft store. If you use painted rocks in your garden, be sure to place them in an area where they won’t get stepped on or sat on by children and pets.

If you want to create painted rocks yourself, you can use a rock painting kit or just paint them with acrylic paints or spray paint using whatever design strikes your fancy. Be sure not to use anything that will wash off in the rain because it might ruin the message on the sign! You can also add designs with stencils or freehand lettering before adding color by hand or with a paint pen/brush/wood burning tool (for metal signs).

Painted Window Shutter with Welcome Message

If you want to welcome guests into your home or garden, you can create a sign that will last for years. Even if the paint fades, the words won’t. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Use chalkboard paint and place vinyl decals on each shutter. This project requires no painting! Just apply the decals and wipe away with a rag when done (this is also easier than removing them). You could also use stencils to paint onto an old shutter—or vice versa!
  • Use a stencil and spray paint, or use stencils alone as long as they are made from plastic. The plastic will prevent them from cracking after several months outdoors in varying weather conditions.

“Welcome” on a Wreath of Scrabble Letters

If you have an “Welcome” sign, why not make it out of scrabble letters? This way your guests can play a game while they’re at your house. Just use a hot glue gun to glue the letters onto a wreath and then hang it up with some twine or ribbon.

Weathered Wooden Door with Silhouette and Welcome Message

One of the most popular ways to make a sign is by etching a silhouette on a wooden door. A silhouette can be as simple or as detailed as you want; you can use either your own silhouette, or one that’s printed out and already exists in the form of an image. The most important thing to remember when choosing what object to silhouette is this: always think about what matters most to your guests! For example, if they’re coming over for dinner, they may appreciate seeing their favorite animal at the front door. If they’re going to be playing games with friends during their visit, then maybe it would be fun for them to see something like basketball players or soccer players instead. If you’re hosting a party at home on New Year’s Eve (or any other holiday), there might not be much better than using paper cutouts featuring champagne glasses filled with sparkling wine!

Natural Wood “Hello” Sign

A natural wood sign with a silhouette of a person is another easy and fun DIY project. This one can be made from any type of wood, but pine or cedar work well because they’re both lightweight. You can even use reclaimed lumber to make this sign by sanding off old paint and varnish, then painting or staining it.

When making this sign, you want to make sure the person in your silhouette looks friendly—and not like he or she is going to break through the paper! It’s also important that everyone on your team has a similar idea as to how each person should look when they pose for their part in creating the silhouette.

You can make a sign that is uniquely you to welcome people to your home.

You can make a sign that is uniquely you to welcome people to your home. The most obvious way is to paint or stain the wood, but there are also other options like metal, plastic and recycled materials. You can hang this sign on a door or window as well as in places where it will be seen from inside the house. It doesn’t have to be limited to just one location; use an assortment of signs in various locations around your home for a unique look!


Our signs make it easy to welcome guests, but they also make a statement about who you are. If you’re hosting a party or relaxing on the porch with friends, these DIY outdoor sign ideas are the perfect way to add some fun vibes into your decor. The best part about them? You can create them yourself at home! Visit us to check some of the work of our signwriters.