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Framing Tutorial for Wooden Signs

Posted on 15th September 2017



Have you ever wondered how everyone finishes their signs off with a cute custom frame? I have seen so many signs floating around Facebook and Pinterest that really look complete dressed up in 4 boards around the corners.

I had never used a nail gun before this project so the task of attempting this task seemed a little daunting to me; but, I wanted to let go of my fears and learn something new. I hope this helps you all to try to frame one of your signs as well.

Material List:

1. Nail Gun
2. Nails for Nail Gun
3. Saw
4. Wood Glue
5. 1x2 Common Boards
6. Measuring Tape
7. Pen
8. Sign you want to frame
9. Sander

I understand that everyone may not have all of the power tools at their disposal. If you don’t have a nail gun, try a stapler. If you don’t have a miter saw, use a hand saw or have the great employees of Lowes or Home Depot cut your boards to size.

Where there is a will, there is a way and I am sure you will find it.

To begin, I grabbed 2 signs of varying sizes out of my craft stack. I started by measuring the length of the signs.



This particular sign measured 48” from top to bottom. I took a piece of the 1x2 common board and marked 48” to cut. I turned my miter saw and made this 48” cut twice.



After cutting both pieces of wood I had to measure the width of my sign. On both top pieces there is a overhang. You have to take into account the width of your sign and the width of the trim.

In my case the sign was 12” wide and the trim was 1/2" wide.



I wanted the trim to hang over 1/2” on each side to be flush with the trim on the side pieces; in order to do this I added the 12” (width of my sign) to the 1/2” on the left side and the 1/2” on the right side and my cut length was 13”.

At this point you should have both side pieces and both top pieces cut. You can leave the wood raw or sand and stain/paint.

I used 2 saw horses to lay my sign on so I could get the trim flush with the sign. It is a personal preference to have overhang on the frame or to have it look like it’s boxed in. I prefer the shadow box look so that is what this tutorial will teach. (On this BAKERY sign, the sides were cut with the overhang and the tops were cut flush. You can choose to do it either way.)



First I added glue to the piece of trim I would be working on. Then, I added the trim to the side of the sign. I made sure the trim was flush with the bottom of the sign and then I nailed it into place.



My husband helped so I could take pictures of the process.

I continued by adding both sides and then repeating the glue and nailing on the tops. If your cuts are off and there is any overhang, use your sander to sand until even.



You should have a complete sign now!!! Congratulations!

Show off your hard work with pride and share this tutorial with all your crafting friends!





 

Customization Options:

If you want an angled sign instead, you can measure the top and sides exactly (no overhang is needed) and cut all cuts at a 45 degree angle. This makes another beautiful frame!

 

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