29 easy DIY Christmas signs and decor to make with stencils! (updated Nov 2021)
Create your own Christmas decorating cheer with 29 easy DIY Christmas signs and decor ideas to make with stencils! Includes Christmas porch signs, hot cocoa station signs, festive pillows, wood Christmas trees and more!
‘Tis the season to decorate our homes up to the hilt with all the Christmas and winter decorating signs and other decor touches!
However, how often do you search for just the right sign, but can’t find the size or message you desire?
How about a desired Christmas pillow design that fits your theme perfectly in size and color?
That’s where customizing comes in!
Customizing your own holiday season Christmas decor helps you plan out exactly what you want, in the size you want, and in the colors you want!
However there’s a secret ingredient that helps me create my own Christmas decor crafts quick with very professional results… and that’s by using Christmas stencils.
Are you ready to be super inspired with loads of easy Christmas home decor ideas of signs, festive pillows, fabulous mini Christmas trees and other decorating ideas?
Here’s how to make 29 DIY Christmas signs and decor ideas easily with stencils!
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29 easy DIY Christmas signs and decor to make with stencils
Why use stencils?
Stencils are like premade templates that make sign making or decor designing easy!
The most intense work is in the design process. However a stencil offers everything ready to go, so there’s no need to design lettering just so, or design elements that work.
Simply position a stencil into place, then just add paint!
And the exciting news is 10 new stencils for Christmas 2021 have just been listed! Make sure you sign up for our newsletter so you can see first hand at what will be made with these new designs shortly!
What kind of stencils are best for wood?
Mylar stencils LOVE reclaimed wood.
Because most of my rustic Christmas signs are made on wood, I like to stencil with mylar stencils. You simply position the stencil in place, then stencil the images with paint, no matter what condition the wood is in underneath.
So if your preference is creating with bare or reclaimed wood with a farmhouse Christmas sign twist, using mylar stencils makes it easy!
Where to find Christmas stencils?
Visit all Christmas stencils HERE
My own line of Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils are primarily designed to be signs. Here’s what they offer:
- designs for all seasons
- designed in bolder fonts for readability, just like real signs
- use real sign maker fonts
- they are completely original
- lots of mix and match designs to get more out of your stencils
- made with registration marks helping to position effortlessly
- made from a high quality 10 mil reusable mylar
- online store / available worldwide / local retailers
Every season, new stencil designs are added, so there’s always something new to try!
So… ready to Christmas decorate to the hilt? Here’s a few supplies to stock up on.
Christmas signs and decor supplies
- Christmas stencils of choice
- Stencil brushes – my fav kind are dome tipped like THESE
- Wood – I like to use reclaimed wood from fences, pallets, etc.
- Rattan placemats / door mats / pillow covers / wooden crates (I get mine from IKEA)
- Miter Saw
- Cordless Drill
- Palm sander
- Paint of choice – I enjoy using Fusion Mineral Paint you can find on Amazon HERE
- (find a local Fusion merchant from HERE)
Learn all about how to stencil with my fav supplies in THIS POST.
How to stencil with flawless results
Stenciling is actually very easy! The main key is to ensure your paint-loaded stencil brush feels dry. Here’s how:
- position the stencil onto your wood with masking tape
- load the stencil brush with paint
- off-load most of the paint onto a rag until the brush feels dry
- tap or swirl the paint through the stencil for the desired effect
Additional stencil tips:
- Avoid using lots of paint as this will cause paint to bleed under the stencil.
- Using less paint with more coats is better. Leave the stencil in place and stencil again if more coverage is desired.
- If repositioning the stencil, ensure the back is dry before moving it.
- Distress your painted images by using sandpaper after your image is dry.
Learn more tips on how to stencil from THIS POST, which includes all my fav stencil supplies as well!
So let’s make 29 easy DIY Christmas signs and decor ideas to make with stencils that are easy to copy!
Hot cocoa station signs
Mini Hot Cocoa Crate sign
Every Christmas, I dress up a new coffee or hot cocoa station with a festive touch with an attempt to save on space.
Hence… this fab compact Hot Cocoa Bar sign stencil that can fit in smaller kitchen spaces perfectly! And is sized to fit trays, placemats, pillows, crates and more.
Here’s a couple of other ways to make a creative and easy hot cocoa station:
Wintery Hot Cocoa station with a plank and toolbox
This easy Hot Cocoa sign made with two planks is festive and easy! Doesn’t the chippy wood look like it’s been hit with snow?
A fav trick of mine is to add a spacer behind the sign so you can use S hooks to hang up mugs!
This clever Hot Cocoa appliance garage hides all your hot cocoa or coffee supplies, while proudly decorating your kitchen for Christmas! A super clean look that really works!
Visit this post to learn how to build it and see how it works inside!
While this sign is for coffee, it’s easy to use this idea to create a longer hot cocoa station using two long planks! Add spacers to the back so you can hang up your mugs too!
Christmas Vertical Front Porch signs
This creative Christmas tree sign allows you to decorate the tree any way you wish! Shown is using Christmas Crates stencil for a rustic pallet take.
Stencils – Joy-Large / Large Snowflake
This Christmas JOY rustic sign uses 2 stencils and chippy red barn wood, perfect for December 25th! It was the simplest, fastest Christmas sign I’ve made to date!
Stencils – Joy Large / Large Ornament
This DIY Joy sign is so easy to make, using 2 planks of wood side-by-side. But what makes this Christmas sign extra special is the Buffalo Checked Christmas ornament that replaces the O in Joy. Add some ribbon or evergreen branches for a truly charming 3D effect!
This charming Joyeux Noel sign can be as plain or decorative as desired! Use all the letters of NOEL, or replace the O with an ornament, stenciled in a festive Argyle-small pattern!
What sets this Christmas wooden sign apart is the shape of the sign, resembling a giant gift tag! A very simple touch that really makes this sign unique in this detailed tutorial.
Snow Day celebrates all the GOOD things a big snowfall brings! Beauty, a ton of fun, and if you’re super lucky, a day off work or school. Am I right?
Decorate the glove with the added snowflakes!
Or replace the glove with an O, ornament or snowflake from Joy-Small and Accessories!
Note: this is not a done sign as yet. Coming soon!
A Christmas countdown is a festive staple, however why not make it even more unique using a Bingo-styled stencil? Stenciled onto a bulletin board makes this one easy to countdown the days with items on push pins!
Create a truly unique Christmas tree sign by repeating the tree pattern on this stencil, then illuminate them with mini white Christmas lights!
DIY Christmas Pillows
Christmas pillows are easy to make, and customize in any color you wish!
My own secret to making custom Christmas pillows is to use space-saving pillow covers from Ikea, then stencil both sides, one side being Christmas and the other, all-season.
Pillow covers safe lots of storage space, vs. buying a new pillow each time!
Here’s a few DIY Christmas pillow ideas to make, all using IKEA pillow covers and feather inserts.
These Christmas sweater pillows couldn’t be easier to make, thanks to a repeating Christmas Sweater stencil! Shown are two samples in black and white. Which is your fav?
This Argyle pattern looks complicated doesn’t it? But it isn’t! The 2 stencil layers do the trick, resulting in a very authentic argyle pattern.
And here is the same Argyle pillow stenciled in cozy neutral tones of black, white and tan for a year around look!
This Reindeer Feed grain sack striped Christmas pillow is designed to look like an authentic grain sack! The helpful video tutorial includes how to add Grain Sack Stripes with a truly authentically weathered look.
This festive Merry Christmas pillow has stenciled Christmas trees that can also be decorated! Add a cute colour coordinated plaid pillow to coordinate (in same post) and you have a charming festive pillow set!
This stencil is perfect to create a compact Merry Christmas sign as well.
One of my favorite Christmas pillows is this winter snowflake pillow using 3 different sized snowflakes. Love the neutral black snowflakes on white pillow background!
And with a winter pillow, you can leave it up for months after Christmas too!
Christmas table decorating ideas
There are several different ways a table can be decorated for Christmas too… how about with a patterned placemat or festive cloth napkins?
Ikea rattan placemats were Buffalo Checked then Plaid added to achieve this amazing iconic layered look!
View our many Buffalo Check projects HERE
Two Ikea tea towels were quickly turned into festive napkins with the Christmas Crates stencil.
DIY Wood Christmas Trees
These charming scrap wood Christmas trees in present bases are easy to make, and fun to customize!
The present ribbon is stenciled on easily and quickly with Grain Sack Stripe stencils!
If you have a little scrap wood, this adorable mini Christmas tree farm with scrap wood can be made in just a few minutes!
The scale of this stencil suits smaller projects perfectly!
These scrap wood Christmas trees shown in both Christmas and winter ideas are easy to make! Wooden triangles make very simple trees, then stencil Mini Christmas Patterns and Christmas Crates to get these festive looks!
This festive Christmas tree project uses small chippy wood triangles decked out with adorable junk bases to further the Christmas story.
Add a mini Christmas sign and you have the perfect little Christmas tree farm vignette!
4 planks of pallet wood were cut to size, then attached to a branch to create this adorable tree-shaped Christmas tree sign. SO easy and fun to decorate with!
Collect little faux evergreen Christmas trees too? Place a few into a small Ikea crate as a Christmas tree skirt, and create an adorable forest grouping with an appropriate Christmas sign to chime in!
Other stenciled Christmas decor
Creating an oversized Christmas ornament is easy, by using a precut wood round or lazy susan teamed up with a repeating Christmas Sweater stencil!
Make a charming snowman or snowmen out of wood posts! These are so quick and easy to make, thanks to the simple cut wood blocks out of posts! Add rope or burlap scarves to complete this wintery rustic look!
Painted skis make fabulous winter or Christmas decor! However, add a Christmas sweater pattern for a truly unique cozy winter look! Shown in Bayberry green, but would look equally adorable painted in a frosty blue or festive red!
This Buffalo Checked doormat is cozy and so on-trend yet timeless! And couldn’t be easier to make using a large Buffalo Check stencil and large brush.
View our many Buffalo Check projects HERE
I could chat about DIY Christmas signs and decor ideas with stencils FOREVER.
However it’s now time to unleash your own creativity! Gather up some reclaimed wood and pillow covers along with a couple of Christmas stencils, and see what you come up with!
What would you like to make for Christmas?
Find ALL my reclaimed wood Christmas decorating ideas HERE