Make your own rustic beach, lake, and bed & breakfast signs
I’ve said for years I’ve wanted a cabin on the lake. But I’d also take on a beach house somewhere tropical with no issue!
Since that hasn’t transpired, here’s a way of pretending I’m there anyway.
Introducing, the Getaway Collection from Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils!
And the coolest part? There are countless ways to mix and match these guys.
Aren’t they the cutest? Shades of the ocean, and all things weathered, help make them look pretty authentic!
These were so fun to make! The stencils are designed to completely mix and match with each other, so you can create any saying combinations you wish!
So… here’s how I put them ALL to use as is…
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Rustic beach, lake, and bed & breakfast signs
View the Getaway Collection stencils HERE
About the stencils
The Getaway Collection is a set of stencils with vacation sayings. They are also built to mix and match so you can create the exact wording you wish!
1. Lay out random boards of your choosing.
2. Place stencils in random positions, for a gathered over time look.
3. Choose colours of the sea, sky and sand.
Shown: Fusion Mineral Paint… the colours are perfection!
Note: I used a variety of colours, and even mixed them up to make a few more shades of my own. They mix beautifully!
4. With a very dry to the touch brush, tap each letter until desired coverage results.
Learn HOW TO STENCIL HERE
Beachy tones were perfect for these stencil designs!
Simply go lighter with paint on darker boards, and visa versa so the signs pop!
And play around with fades! Here’s how I created a lighter to darker look…
How to create the multi coloured looks:
1. Stencil with one colour first.
2. Leaving stencil in place, go over the stencil just in the middle, top or bottom with a 2nd colour, fading towards the first colour.
Try different ways! I even mottled some letters completely for a very weathered over time look. Beachy indeed!
How to create a picket sign:
1. Cut one tip of a board at a 45 degree angle.
2. Flip it over and do it again.
3. Paint the board unevenly with a heavier coat in the center of the board, then dry-brushing towards the edges. This creates an instantly distressed look without sanding.
4. Position, then stencil desired lettering with a very dry brush.
5. After stencilling, lightly sand the board edges and over top of the words if more distressing is desired.
Paint source / Fusion Mineral Paint’s Casement / needs no primer nor topcoat… love it! Thanks for the samples, Fusion!
6. Hang them side by side, slightly staggered, and add hooks or screws for:
- beach or pool towels
a changing area
a beachy front entry
towels for bathroom
How to create an arrow tipped sign
Creating a pointed arrow tip is easy! Here’s how to do it…
1. Cut a plank at a 45 degree angle.
2. Make another straight cut, so you’re essentially left with two triangles, perfect for arrow tips!
3. Rotate the triangle tip to join a plank.
4. Attach arrow tip to plank with some old hardware like I did, or a support board from behind.
5. For added detail, cut an additional rectangle and paint it black as shown above, to create an additional arrow extension. Fun!
See this particular sign hung HERE
Yep… these guys passed the inspection. They are officially feelin’ like they’re at the beach 24/7!
A sign display
So of course, I teamed up a few other beachy things to share the cute result of all the signs hung side-by-side!
Aren’t they the cutest all in a group?
Then just add hooks and hang up your coats! Or better… beach towels… if you’re lucky enough!
Think you’ll give a few beachy signs a go for your own home?
View or shop for the Getaway Collection stencils HERE
Other ways these stencils were used:
Beach signs as towel hooks for a Maui condo
How to make an old window directional sign
Make a coat hooks area with signs
Create this compact entry coat hooks area
Visit other Getaway stencil projects HERE
Visit MANY more sign projects HERE
19 thoughts on “Make your own rustic beach, lake, and bed & breakfast signs!”
My mom’s boyfriend has a $6 million cabin up near Bryce Canyon, and I think these would be great to help show the property. Sometimes the Boy Scouts camp on his land, and this would help direct them to camp sites and areas of interest.
What’s not to love about ALL of these? Mix and match to get the perfect sign. Love them!!
Timely…. Two weeks ago husband and I discussed a towel holder of some kind for the wet pool towels always on the floor. I didn’t think of taking the lettering vertical. Till now.
I love them all Donna! Living near the beach, people around here love the look!
LOVE LOVE LOVE!! Every last one of them. 😉
These are just GORGEOUS, Donna!!! I LOVE them very much and also your fantastic staging with the trunk, oil lamp, basket and the shoes for a spash of red.
Donna, I LOVE these signs. Beautiful!
I love the new stencils and the way you used them…be still my heart!
These signs are gorgeous and I totally believe that you will have that special cabin/shack to hang them in one day 🙂
awesome! Can you do one up one day that is something about “cottage”. My hubby is from Toronto, and they are all about “cottaging”. I’ve been yelled at when calling the cottage a cabin…. Also, I really hope the medium-hair cat is names Sylvester…..
Oh, NO WAY…these stencils and the signs you created with them are just TOO darned amazing…seriously! I am crushing on absolutely all of these and wouldn’t even know which one to start with, really! These would be soooooo perfect for my tiny house which is kinda like a little cottage and is located in a port town, just down the street from a river and minutes away from a Great Lake. I absolutely lurve all of the various shapes you’ve utilised and the soft beachy colours and what a stroke of genius to make use of vertical wall-space, which would really allow one to make the best use of wall real estate! I’m especially digging the signs with the rounded ends due to their resemblance to water skis and how apropos is that, given the beachy-theme of these signs? Yep, need all of these in my life somehow…they are really fantastic, Donna!
Love your signs. I really love your grocery signs. The grocery is on my wish list.
Have a blessed day
Love what you’ve created! Love the motto “If you cant have it there, make it happen here!”
If you can’t be at the beach you love, then love the beach sign hanging on your wall! Super cool, all of them!!
I want them all (lol!) and agree with you on painted stencils versus the other kind. I love the artistic way you fade out the paint at the edges and equally love your charming vignettes! Well done!
I am in LOVE! We have a beach house in the Bahamas (Seabreeze on Cat Island). I like to make it look as though some of the ‘decor washed ashore’. Your blog and stencils are perfect! Thank you for the inspiration. Come visit Cat Island someday!
These couldn’t be more perfect with any other style letters. I love them, and the tip to add the second color – excellent.
Love them all! Where can I get these stencils?
Hi Tonya! I’ll check my post, but I think I’ve linked to the store several times… ? Here’s the link! Thanks for the kudos, they were so fun to make!