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Home Sweet Home Floral Wooden Sign DIY

May 23, 2024

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Every year, once the warm weather rolls around, I go on an all out crafting binge to decorate my front door.

With the threat of snow and gray skies behind me, I find myself craving color.

And eager to display something bright and welcoming.

How To Make A Floral Wreath

I adore wreaths, and over the past decade, I've made more than my fair share.

However, I also enjoy stretching my creative muscle to come up with front door decor that's a little out of the box.

In the past I've had fun using:
Well, this year, I've been a little slow on the draw and my house was definitely frowning for far too long.

It's been a busy season and, while I've had the supplies on hand for this DIY for weeks, I haven't had the time to put it all together until this weekend.

But. I think it was worth the wait. If I do say so myself.

The idea started with this 18" wooden round I found while my husband was shopping for driveway sealer...because that's no fun.

It was a thin piece of birch light enough to hang on the door, with just enough wood grain to be charming, but not enough to be distracting.

Holding a Wooden Craft Round 18 Inch for a DIY projecgt

I knew instantly, it'd make the perfect base for a wooden wreath sign of sorts. Plus, it was cheap.

Now, since I had no intention of hand painting or stenciling anything, I had to order some vinyl letters. I don't have a fancy machine so I went to Etsy. There are so many great shops there that will customize sayings for you and for not a lot of money.

It's a much more economical way, for someone like me, who wouldn't use a Cricut Maker often enough to make that expense worth the price.
I was able to choose the color, the size and the type of vinyl transfer I wanted to use - indoor or outdoor. I, of course, chose the vinyl appropriate for outdoor exposure.

Home Sweet Home Transfer in Outdoor appropriate Red Vinyl

In red.

Big surprise. 😉

While I was waiting for my delivery, I gave my round wooden board a coat of a light colored water based gel stain.

Adding Neutral Colored Water Based Stain To A Wood Round

I've used this product before on my fireplace mantel and on a cabinet door upcyle and have been very pleased with the results. So I decided it was the perfect way to enhance the wood for this front door sign.

When I finally opened the transfer this weekend and read the application instructions, there was a silver lining wrapped up in my procrastination. Turns out, the shop recommended waiting several weeks for the paint/ stain to cure before applying the transfer.

That meant I was right on schedule. Don't you love it when things work out that way?

Speaking of directions, the transfer came with very explicit ones. I read them over several times and referred back to them often, even though I've used transfer many, many times before.

First, I had to use the enclosed tool push on the transfer itself, to preo it and make sure it stuck to the backing.

Using a hard plastic tool to rub transfer to make sure it sticks to the backing

Then I peeled the top layer away from the white plastic backing and positioned it on the wood round. Since it was sticky there was no need to tape it into place. 

It stuck to the wood on its own.

Sticking a vinyl transfer onto a wood surface and pressing down

Only then did I begin to rub the tool on the letters to get them to transfer onto the wood.

I moved very slowly over the sheet, applying pressure, until the letters released themselves from the backing.

Rubbing plastic tool over top of vinyl transfer sheet to release letters

If they didn't I simply put the plastic back over them and applied more pressure and tried again.

Peeling away top sheet from vinyl transfer on wooden sign DIY

The only issue I ran into was that the plastic backing paper was very large and whenever it touched my letters on the board, it stuck to them again. Grrr.

I finally decided to get my scissors out and cut away any of the clear backing that I was no longer using. I did this over and over again as I moved through the process until I was all done.

Cutting Away Excess Vinyl with scissors

And my sign was complete.


Home Sweet Home DIY Sign

Of course, I was only half way done at this point.

A spring/ summer wreath needs flowers, and for that, I dug into my stash and pulled out a handful of red and white Dollar Tree blooms.

Dollar Tree Faux Flowers in red and white

They were easy enough to add.

I removed them and some greenery from their wire stems. Then I cut the plastic clip off the back so they'd sit flush on the wood.

Cutting Off Faux Flower Stems with scissors

Then I used my cordless hot glue gun to secure them in place.

I kept adding flowers and greenery until I was happy with my design.

I also added a red ribbon bow that did double duty as an accent piece and a hanger. I used a thin gold wire from my bowmaker tool to tie my bow up and then threaded its ends through the two holes we drilled in the wood.

Then I tied them up to create a loop that I could hang on my magnetic door hook.

Adding A Bow Hanger To Wreath

At this point, I thought I was done, until I stood back and decided that my round, wooden, wreath sign needed...something...else.

After a few moments of pondering, I had a brainstorm that involved decoupaging wooden butterfly and flower ornaments with red checked napkins.

Wooden Butterfly Ornaments from Dollar Tree

An ode to picnics, if you will.

To do this, I just seperated my napkins so they were one ply.

Separating Red Checked Napkin Layer For Decoupage

Coated the wood with decoupage gel - I use Dixie Belle's Satin Sealer - but you can use Mod Podge if you prefer.

Painting decoupage medium onto wooden butterfly with a brush

Then I placed the napkins on the wood.

Smoothed out the wrinkles with my hand in a plastic baggie so my fingers wouldn't stick to the wet napkins.

And then brushed more decoupage gel on top, repeating the baggie step, too.

Adding more decoupage gel onto the top of a red checked napkin with a brush

Once they were completely dry, I sanded the edges to remove any excess napkin.

Sanding red checked decoupaged napkin edges on wooden flower shape

Lastly, I hung my wreath on my kitchen cabinet knob, to get a good view of my work and glued those red checked accents in place.

It was so cute, I couldn't wait to get it outside. Only trouble was, it was so darling that I couldn't decide if I should put it on the garden gate.

Home Sweet Home Wooden Round Floral Wreath hanging on a wooden garden gate

Or the front door!

Decisions, decisions.

DIY Wooden Round Summer Wreath on a black front door

Looks like I may have to make another one to match.

And at the rate I'm going, it just might be finished by next spring!

Oh boy.


Custom Wooden Wreath Sign DIY text over craft supplies

What's hanging on your front door?

Happy Decorating, Friends!

Kim Signature

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  1. This is so adorable. I love the decoupage butterflies. You out did yourself on this one. Happy Memorial Day. Hugs. Kris

    1. Thanks Kris! It's a fun way to decorate as we enter this long weekend full of picnics and barbeques! I hope you enjoy it all!! Hugs!!

  2. It is adorable!! Yes you need two!!

    1. Thank you!! I need to start gathering my supplies right now!!

  3. Your wreath is charming and welcoming! Your creativity and resourcefulness are inspiring, but I especially appreciate the step-by-step walk-through. I'm going to write down ~and buy~ the Dixie Belle Satin Sealer!

    1. Thank you so much, Kristine! I had fun with this one. I love making wreaths and making those sweet flowers and butterflies was a joy. I hope you enjoy the DB Satin Sealer. It's truly my go to.

  4. This is amazing. I love the brightness of the red against the wood, and the little butterflies.

    1. Thanks so much, Carol! It was a long gray winter, so I guess I needed a little extra "red" this season!! 🥰

  5. The decoupage pieces were the perfect touch!
    On my door I have an angel made from wired mesh ribbon. I put seasonal flowers so it looks like she is holding them. I sometimes also make a halo if I have some that are small enough.

    1. Oh, that sounds just darling Margie! I wish I had a covered area to make an angel of my own. I might just have to add one on my covered porch. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  6. Love the napkin decoupage and the colours; it’s finally picnic season!

    1. Thanks so much, Sara!! I love the colors and the butterflies, too. It really does shout picnic season, doesn't it?

  7. I was happy to see a post from you. I missed you!
    This is so cute. The butterflies and the flower with that red check is the perfect addition. It looks cheery and summery, perfect to welcome people!

    1. Mari, you are just the sweetest!! Thank you for your kind comment, it's always nice to be missed! ❤️

  8. Well, my friend, that's absolutely adorable. That might be your best one yet! I love it. xo Diana

    1. Thanks Diana!! I had fun with those butterflies. I love when inspiration strikes and it works out well! Happy weekend, my friend, I hope you have some fun plans! xo

  9. This is darling. Now I’m intrigued that you have a garden gate and want to see more of of your yard. I’m a new subscriber so maybe you have some older posts of your exterior. Considering myself a seasoned crafter how in the world did I not know about cordless glue guns and Etsy shops selling custom vinyl letters 🤷🏻‍♀️? Genius. Pamela

    1. Thanks so much, Pamela! I really do love that garden gate, especially in summer when the morning glories grow up and over it and bloom. So charming. I think I put a link to the garden in this post, but yes, there are others floating around the blog...and that cordless glue gun is a dream! I actually brought it outside with me after I was done with the wreath, to add a little extra glue to some weak spots. SO helpful!! Happy weekend and thanks for the visit!!

  10. These little projects bring such joy - I love the touch of decopage'd butterflies!

    1. Thanks Gina! Yes, I don't know why I waited so long in between projects, because they really do make me smile.

  11. Kim I love the addition of the flowers. But it was the butterflies that really took it to the next level!!

    1. Hee hee...I really like those butterflies, too, Mary. Thanks so much!!

  12. Kim, it turned out so cute! I like it on the gate!
    Deanna Rabe

    1. Thanks Deanna!! I like it on that gate, too. Definitely going to have to make another!

  13. Hi Kim - this is really cute as are most of your red and white projects. The decoupaged butterflies were the perfect finish.
    I was interested that custom transfers are available (I don't have a fancy machine so I went to Etsy.) but your link leads to a (404) page. Could you please supply an updated link?

    1. Thanks for pointing that out Sheila!! I really appreciate that...and I have to say I was really pleased with the shop. The transfers were top notch! If you make a sign, I hope you'll share!!

    2. Got it - thank you.

  14. Very cute Kim, Your house is smiling now.

    1. Thanks Linda!! I'm glad I finally made the time to make it. My kids were like mom, you're slipping, you have to put something on the door! 🤣

  15. I love it... very welcoming and lovely.

    1. Thank you my friend! That door was empty for far too long. Oops!!

  16. Kim What a great idea for a wreath........Love it!! And you know that I adore the colors that you chose!! Thanks so much for all your visits and your kind and encouraging words...I am going to play catch up again and will be visiting your latest post!! Have a great weekend!!

  17. Kim, I don't think your house would ever be frowning. I love this wooden sign you made and those butterflies look so cute. This sign would look perfect inside and outside your house.