The Perfect Holiday Project: Routing Your Own Wood Signs


Photo by Lauren E. Dorsey

You can learn to route your own signs in just a few hours, and it’s a skill that allows you to create countless beautiful, low-budget projects that will last for years. Routing your own signs can help you inscribe the perfect personalized gift, carve inexpensive, beautiful holiday decorations, or add a rustic touch to your homestead!

This year, I wanted to decorate my house for Halloween, but I was hoping to do something a little different from the impersonal store-bought skeletons and cobwebs that have heavily dominated my Halloweens in the past.

Photo by Lauren E. Dorsey

After some looking around, I eventually borrowed a router from my neighbor and inscribed my own signs. This project took me about 6 hours total (having never used a router before), and the signs turned out looking fantastic. As an added bonus, I’ll be able to use them for years to come! While I painted my signs with orange and white, you can use any color combination that comes to mind. Some of the most beautiful signs that I’ve seen use white lettering and a natural wood stain to bring out the intrinsic beauty of the wood.

This project cost me a total of 40 dollars. 10 for the wood, 20 for the paint and brushes, and 10 for the sandpaper. As I mentioned before, I borrowed the router I used, but you can buy your own for about 80 dollars at any hardware shop, and with a few sharpenings, they tend to last forever. 

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