Super festive Christmas and winter directional signs

Super festive and fun Christmas and winter directional signs using stencils and reclaimed wood planks! Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils Sleigh Rides, Hot Cocoa and Ski Lodge, and Fusion Mineral Paint. Click here for the tutorial on funkyjunkinteriors.net
I have always ALWAYS loved the look of a multi-directional sign.

Whether it’s on a ski hill or while vacationing, I’ve always admired how neat a bunch of signs all in one spot actually look. Especially if you are a signaholic type…

So I decided to try my hand at making the idea myself. I gathered up 3 like minded winter sign words, then got to it!

I love how they turned out. They are so festive, with just the right amount of colour, cheering up any wide open space in an instant.

Or they can be split up to do different things. They are small enough to squeeze into the tightest of spaces and are also small enough to easily stash away until next year once again.

However, I chose to style them stacked for a little over-the-top festive cheer.

Ready to get your directional sign on? Let’s doooooo it…
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You’ll need:

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3 reclaimed wood fence planks and one long skinny plank

paint of choice – Fusion link HERE

I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Fort York Red, Coal Black, Casement (white), and a standard craft paint for the blue.

3 like-minded winter word stencils – find HERE

I used Sleigh Rides, Hot Cocoa, and Ski Lodge, and Winter Graphics

miter saw

stencil brush

cordless drill and screws


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1. Cut three reclaimed wood planks to equal size. Mine are old fence planks measuring 31.5″ x 5.75″.

2. Cut super simple arrow tips on one side of them. Here’s how…
How to cut reclaimed wood fence planks with arrow tips to make Christmas signs | funkyjunkinteriors.netboard 2 – Twist your miter saw to 45 degrees. Saw one side of the arrow.

board 3 – Flip the board around, marking straight across from the side cut.

board 4 – Align the saw blade to the X area and cut again.

Harder to explain, easier to do.

Super festive and fun Christmas and winter directional signs using stencils and reclaimed wood planks! Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils Sleigh Rides, Hot Cocoa and Ski Lodge, and Fusion Mineral Paint. Click here for the tutorial on funkyjunkinteriors.net

3. Rotate the tips, then place stencils as desired.

I liked the idea of red, wood then blue, then attached an appropriate word to each tone.

Stencils are from HERE

How to create the perfect barn red tone using Fusion Mineral Paint's Fort York Red and Cranberry to create festive directional Christmas signs with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils \ funkyjunkinteriors.net

4. Messy-paint the boards.

I intentionally added most paint to the middle of the boards, however didn’t go right to the edges, to offer more of a pre-distressed look.

How to create the perfect barn red tone using Fusion Mineral Paint's Fort York Red and Cranberry to create festive directional Christmas signs with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils \ funkyjunkinteriors.net

Mixing Cranberry and Fort York Red offered a nice weathered barnish red.

Cranberry went on first, then before it was dry, Fort York was blended on top.

How to create the perfect barn red tone using Fusion Mineral Paint's Fort York Red and Cranberry to create festive directional Christmas signs with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils \ funkyjunkinteriors.net

Here you can see how I left some edges unpainted.

How to create the perfect barn red tone using Fusion Mineral Paint's Fort York Red and Cranberry to create festive directional Christmas signs with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils \ funkyjunkinteriors.net
note: the blue I used was from craft store paint. However I have used Fusion’s Champness for this Ski Lodge sign which I preferred.

5. Decide on the colour of your letters, stencil, then add random snowflakes for a winter finale.

The key is a super dry-to-the-touch paint loaded stencil brush. This will give you the sharpest images possible.

Learn more tips on How To Stencil HERE

How to paint 2-toned letters to create Christmas signs with Fusion Mineral Paint and Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils \ funkyjunkinteriors.net

How to achieve a 2-toned letter

This is a fun technique if you wish to add more detail to your signage, or if you are working with backgrounds that offer a lower contrast to your lettering colour choices.

How to paint 2-toned letters to create Christmas signs with Fusion Mineral Paint and Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils \ funkyjunkinteriors.net

a) Stencil black first. Wait until it’s dry to the touch.

How to paint 2-toned letters to create Christmas signs with Fusion Mineral Paint and Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils \ funkyjunkinteriors.net

b) Position the stencil to show the upper right along the entire word, as shown above.

c) Tape stencil along the edges to hold it in place.

How to paint 2-toned letters to create Christmas signs with Fusion Mineral Paint and Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils \ funkyjunkinteriors.net

d) Stencil white on top of the black, however more heavily on the upper right, fading down to the lower left.

Super festive and fun Christmas and winter directional signs using stencils and reclaimed wood planks! Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils Sleigh Rides, Hot Cocoa and Ski Lodge, and Fusion Mineral Paint. Click here for the tutorial on funkyjunkinteriors.net

It gives a neat gradient look with a shadow intact!

Super festive and fun Christmas and winter directional signs using stencils and reclaimed wood planks! Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils Sleigh Rides, Hot Cocoa and Ski Lodge, and Fusion Mineral Paint. Click here for the tutorial on funkyjunkinteriors.net

Super festive and fun Christmas and winter directional signs using stencils and reclaimed wood planks! Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils Sleigh Rides, Hot Cocoa and Ski Lodge, and Fusion Mineral Paint. Click here for the tutorial on funkyjunkinteriors.net

5. Attach the sign planks with one screw onto a middle post, then position each one helter skelter like. Zig zag-ish.

What other weirdo words could I insert here?!

Super festive and fun Christmas and winter directional signs using stencils and reclaimed wood planks! Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils Sleigh Rides, Hot Cocoa and Ski Lodge, and Fusion Mineral Paint. Click here for the tutorial on funkyjunkinteriors.net

6. Attach the middle post to the wall with screws, then hang S-hooks over the board edges to use for hanging your gear.

I’m thinking mugs, keys, Christmas cards, stockings, coats, towels, paint brushes… someone please stop me.

Super festive and fun Christmas and winter directional signs using stencils and reclaimed wood planks! Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils Sleigh Rides, Hot Cocoa and Ski Lodge, and Fusion Mineral Paint. Click here for the tutorial on funkyjunkinteriors.net
Talk about a punch’a Christmas all in one spot! Don’t they just look happy? Like you’re about to actually go romp in the snow, then warm up for a steamy hot cup of cocoa at the ski lodge…

Either that, or the deer leading the sleigh ride rammed into the sign… whoops…

Signs are fabulous story tellers, aren’t they?

Super festive and fun Christmas and winter directional signs using stencils and reclaimed wood planks! Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils Sleigh Rides, Hot Cocoa and Ski Lodge, and Fusion Mineral Paint. Click here for the tutorial on funkyjunkinteriors.net

And then I played house, using the directional signs for keys.

But I’m really thinking they’d make one sweet beverage station bar with mugs hanging off the signs! 

Ho Ho Ho… any excuse to bring on the hot cocoa I say…

How would you use them?

Tutorials – Bench \ Clothing Hanger

Super festive and fun Christmas and winter directional signs using stencils and reclaimed wood planks! Made with Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils Sleigh Rides, Hot Cocoa and Ski Lodge, and Fusion Mineral Paint. Click here for the tutorial on funkyjunkinteriors.net

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  1. These are fun Donna – I’m trying to figure out how to decorate for Christmas this year with no space. Something like this might be a good option on a smaller scale. Love that overlay on the lettering too – did that a while back to cover up a goof and it was so neat. -Carole

  2. It’s as hot as Hades here in South Africa right now and I’m thinking these signs might be just the things to cool us down a bit 😉 Although iced cocoa might be more appropriate. Love what you did Donna

  3. Those are some of the best I have ever seen because they absolutely don’t look like someone just painted them to look old – they really do appear to be old. I love painting anything but have to wait for after Thanksgiving to start anything new. Thanks for sharing.