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DIY Rope and Reclaimed Wood Sign

DIY Rope and Reclaimed Wood Sign

Hello again BestLaminate readers! I’m Larissa from Prodigal Pieces, where DIY is what we’re all about – from redeemed furniture, to budget-savvy remodeling. I’m back to share another fun project with you. Last time my post was all about taking thrifted glass and giving it a new look, and today is all about wood. I am excited to show you how to take new or reclaimed wood to create this “Thankful” wall decor to help you decorate for the holidays.

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Here’s what you need to get started with the DIY rope and reclaimed wood sign: (do note you are more than welcome to create these projects for home use only – not to be sold)

  • (1) 1″ x 6″ x 22″ board
  • (4) 3″ x 3″ pieces of scrap wood
  • (1) ¼” x 50′ rope
  • (4) masonry nails
  • (4) 12″ pieces of twine
  • Glue gun/glue sticks
  • Drill
  • Drill bits – 5/32 and 7/64
  • Flat black paint or chalky paint
  • Artist’s paint brush
  • “Thankful” print out (see below)
  • Chalk
  • (2) Large sawtooth picture hangers
  • Hammer
  • Utility knife or scissors

For my example projects, I used two scrap pieces of barn wood. One was a piece of dark weathered barn siding with a lighter colored rope, and the other was a piece of chippy siding with dark colored rope. You can find the rope at most home improvement stores.

Build a DIY "Thankful" sign perfect for the holiday season out of new or reclaimed wood by Prodigal Pieces for Best Laminate www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Build a DIY "Thankful" sign perfect for the holiday season out of new or reclaimed wood by Prodigal Pieces for Best Laminate www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I am showing you that this project doesn’t have to be limited to my style. You can paint your wood or do whatever you like to get the effect that suits your style. If you don’t have scrap wood, you can use new wood bought from a home improvement store (psst…Home Depot will cut your wood for free), and create an aged look using my layering tutorial or stain it to look aged with a weathered stain.

Or, if you have some laminate scraps from a previous flooring install, go ahead and use that! Bestlaminate has some really cool reclaimed floors.

Build a DIY "Thankful" sign perfect for the holiday season out of new or reclaimed wood by Prodigal Pieces for Best Laminate www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Once you have your board cut and ready to go, you will need your “thankful” print out. Go ahead and click the images and print.

Build a DIY "Thankful" sign perfect for the holiday season out of new or reclaimed wood by Prodigal Pieces for Best Laminate www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Build a DIY "Thankful" sign perfect for the holiday season out of new or reclaimed wood by Prodigal Pieces for Best Laminate www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Trim your printed paper close to the edges and tape together to make one piece.

Build a DIY "Thankful" sign perfect for the holiday season out of new or reclaimed wood by Prodigal Pieces for Best Laminate www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Next, you can follow my transfer method tutorial, use an artists’ oil pastel to rub the back of the image. (I use a light pastel for dark wood, and a dark pastel for a light wood) Place your sign on a window or light box to make sure you are covering all the text. You could also use transfer paper to do this too.

Build a DIY "Thankful" sign perfect for the holiday season out of new or reclaimed wood by Prodigal Pieces for Best Laminate www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Now place your “thankful” sign on your board. I chose to have mine right justified (set to the right of the board), but you can place yours wherever you like.

Build a DIY "Thankful" sign perfect for the holiday season out of new or reclaimed wood by Prodigal Pieces for Best Laminate www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Grab a blunt object, like the top of a marker or dull colored pencil to trace over the “thankful” text. Press hard to make sure you get the pastel to transfer to the wood.

Build a DIY "Thankful" sign perfect for the holiday season out of new or reclaimed wood by Prodigal Pieces for Best Laminate www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Now grab your hot glue gun, glue sticks, and rope. Working in small batches, apply a bead of hot glue over the transferred “thankful” text and press your rope into the glue, holding for a minute or two to let it cool. Just unwind the spool of rope as you go instead of cutting a piece so that you don’t run out of rope. Also, don’t worry if it doesn’t set right, you can always pull it up and do it again. Be careful of that hot glue and your fingers!

Build a DIY "Thankful" sign perfect for the holiday season out of new or reclaimed wood by Prodigal Pieces for Best Laminate www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Once your glue has set, add your picture hangers to the back about 1 ½” in from the ends and about ¼” down from the top edge.

Build a DIY "Thankful" sign perfect for the holiday season out of new or reclaimed wood by Prodigal Pieces for Best Laminate www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Now you’re ready to add the nails. Using your drill and the 7/64″ bit, drill two holes 2″ in from either end and about ¼” up from the bottom. Drill the next two holes 5 ½” in from your first holes.

Build a DIY "Thankful" sign perfect for the holiday season out of new or reclaimed wood by Prodigal Pieces for Best Laminate www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I like rust, so I rust any type of metal I can, including my masonry nails for this project. Great thing is you can rust a whole box at once and have them ready to go for another project. You can find my rust recipe HERE.

Build a DIY "Thankful" sign perfect for the holiday season out of new or reclaimed wood by Prodigal Pieces for Best Laminate www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Nail the masonry nails into your pre-drilled holes.

Build a DIY "Thankful" sign perfect for the holiday season out of new or reclaimed wood by Prodigal Pieces for Best Laminate www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Next, you’ll need your four, 3″ x 3″ pieces.

Build a DIY "Thankful" sign perfect for the holiday season out of new or reclaimed wood by Prodigal Pieces for Best Laminate www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Using your 5/32″ drill bit, drill two holes in the top edge of your pieces about 1″ apart and  ¾” in from the edges.

Build a DIY "Thankful" sign perfect for the holiday season out of new or reclaimed wood by Prodigal Pieces for Best Laminate www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Now you will need your flat black paint or, like I used, a bit of black chalk paint. Either will do.

Build a DIY "Thankful" sign perfect for the holiday season out of new or reclaimed wood by Prodigal Pieces for Best Laminate www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Paint on a small chalkboard in any shape you desire. Don’t feel limited to do a square as I did. Make a heart, circle, star…whatever!

Build a DIY "Thankful" sign perfect for the holiday season out of new or reclaimed wood by Prodigal Pieces for Best Laminate www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Do two coats of paint, letting cure between each coat. Thread a piece of your 12″ twine through the back and double knot at the front. You will then need to prime your chalkboards with a coat of chalk.

Build a DIY "Thankful" sign perfect for the holiday season out of new or reclaimed wood by Prodigal Pieces for Best Laminate www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Embellish your board with things you are thankful for, hang, and you’re done!

Build a DIY "Thankful" sign perfect for the holiday season out of new or reclaimed wood by Prodigal Pieces for Best Laminate www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Build a DIY "Thankful" sign perfect for the holiday season out of new or reclaimed wood by Prodigal Pieces for Best Laminate www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The best part about this project is that it doesn’t have to be limited to the “thankful” theme. Use any word you like for the text and hang something different below if you choose.

Build a DIY "Thankful" sign perfect for the holiday season out of new or reclaimed wood by Prodigal Pieces for Best Laminate www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Build a DIY "Thankful" sign perfect for the holiday season out of new or reclaimed wood by Prodigal Pieces for Best Laminate www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I’m not sure which sign I prefer more…which is your favorite?

Build a DIY "Thankful" sign perfect for the holiday season out of new or reclaimed wood by Prodigal Pieces for Best Laminate www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

If you’re not the DIY type, you can find these sweet signs in my shop. Let me know you’re coming from BestLaminate for a special discount!

Got questions? Please feel free to ask – I’m happy to help!

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About Larissa Haynes

Larissa Haynes
My name is Larissa, a Christ-loving, homeschooling, sewing, junking/thrifting, cooking, gardening mama to 6 children, who's married to her best friend! I have a passion for creating and am blessed to have an outlet with the redeemed pieces I create along with the antique and vintage finds on my blog, Prodigal Pieces.

11 comments

  1. I love this idea and it makes great wall decor for November. I’m so glad to see a Thanksgiving decor. So many go straight from Halloween decorations to Christmas.

  2. What a great way to share your thankfulness this year! My family would LOVE this!

  3. What a great idea Larissa – love the sentiment of your reclaimed wood sign by adding the mini chalkboards to share the gratitude. If it were in my house, it would be on display 365 days a year!

    • Alana Kane

      Thanks for stopping by Marie! We love Larissa’s project, too…and the fact that you can make it your own. If you try the DIY, be sure to share it with us! -Alana

  4. Fun project to do. And it looks fast and easy.

  5. What a fabulous project Larissa and it could be made to reflect any season too. Love those cute chalkboards!!

  6. Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces

    I truly enjoyed this project and am so glad I can come here to share. Thank you!

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