Make A Fabric-Decoupaged Welcome Sign For Your Craft Shop

A fabric-decoupaged welcome sign will give your small, craft shop's front door a unique appearance that will greet customers each time that they stop by. The following steps will teach you how to make an attractive sign with some basic craft supplies.


  • thin piece of wood
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • power saw
  • fine grit sandpaper
  • hand sander
  • tack cloth
  • stencils
  • fabric
  • fabric pen
  • scissors
  • craft glue
  • thin paintbrush
  • sheets of newspaper
  • clear varnish
  • wooden mixing stick
  • paint tray
  • standard paintbrush
  • power drill
  • drill bit
  • thin, decorative rope
  • hook

​Prepare The Wood And Fabric Pieces

Use a measuring tape and pencil to mark the section of wood that you would like to use as a sign. Cut the wood with a power saw. Move a hand sander firmly back and forth across any rough, wooden edges. Remove sawdust that remains with a tack cloth. Place stencils that spell out the word 'welcome' or another greeting on pieces of fabric. Trace each stencil with a fabric pen. Cut out the fabric letters with a pair of scissors.

Attach The Fabric Letters And Apply Varnish

Use a thin paintbrush to apply an even coat of craft glue across the back of each fabric letter. Press the fabric letters firmly against one side of the wooden board. Wait several minutes for the glue to dry. Place the sign on a newspaper covered surface. Mix a can of varnish until it is an even consistency and air bubbles have been removed. Pour the varnish into a paint tray.

Use a paintbrush to apply a coat of varnish to the front of the sign. Begin in one corner of the sign and apply the varnish in straight lines. Wait a couple hours for the varnish to dry. Apply a second coat of varnish in the same manner and wait for it to dry before handling the sign.

Secure A Piece Of Rope And Hang The Sign

Use a power drill to create two holes across the top of the sign that are evenly spaced apart. Cut a piece of thin, decorative rope that is a few feet long. Insert one end of the rope through each hole and create a knot in both of them. Hang the sign from a doorknob or install a hook before hanging the sign. The sign will provide customers with an attractive greeting each time that they visit the craft shop that you own.

If you'd rather have a more professional sign, contact a custom signage company.