Wooden Outdoor JOY Sign

Make an outdoor JOY sign in a vintage style that matches your existing Christmas decorations! This tutorial shows you how with step-by-step photos and instructions! (And there’s no wood cutting necessary!)

Wooden Outdoor JOY Sign

This is a sponsored holiday project for DecoArt. The project idea and tutorial are 100% my own. Special thanks to DecoArt for the opportunity to share my Christmas DIYs with their readers!

Special thanks also to Walnut Hollow for providing me with the unfinished rustic pallet and wooden letters, which made creating my idea super easy!

Wooden Outdoor JOY Sign

I’ve wanted to make a large outdoor JOY sign ever since I first started seeing them pop up all over Pinterest. Many a creative blogger has cut up a wood pallet as the basis for these signs.

However, when I saw these rustic wood pallets from Walnut Hollow, I knew instantly this was the way I would make my sign! No cutting and measuring for me, just give me an already-made rustic pallet!

Oh, and Walnut Hollow’s unfinished wooden JOY letters make this project super-duper easy too!

Oh how I love to create stuff with unfinished wood!

Unfinished wood JOY letters

Because I wanted this sign to survive the outdoor elements, I used DecoArt’s Patio Paint Outdoor line, which — as of this writing — comes in 54 different colors!

My goal?

I wanted this sign to match the two outdoor Christmas trees that we already use by our front entrance.

The ornaments on each of the trees are in bright shades of red, green, aqua and copper with sparkly gold accents, as you can see in the photo below.

Painted and Stenciled JOY Sign

I imagined a vintage-looking pallet wood sign, with ornaments that mimic the tree ornaments plus some painted and distressed letters on top!

Although I wanted this sign to handle the outdoor weather, I also wanted it to look like it had been weathered over time. I used a dry-brush technique instead of sanding to achieve a weathered wood paint finish.

I started out with painting . . .

Painted and Stenciled Outdoor JOY Sign

And then moved on to stenciling . . .

stenciled and painted ornaments on wood sign

With some distressing thrown in . . .

JOY outdoor holiday sign

You can see my complete tutorial — including a list of supplies and helpful step-by-step images — on the DecoArt website! 

DecoArt Outdoor JOY Sign DIY

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Wooden JOY Outdoor Holiday Sign

Painted and Stenciled Vintage Style JOY Sign

I love how it turned out!

You can substitute paint colors that match with your own seasonal decor to achieve a similar result.

Check out the Related Posts below to see more Christmas crafting ideas, including other projects I did that match our bright and happy ornaments!

Happy crafting!