Brooklyn based lifestyle blog by Lauren L Caron


DYI: Easy Directional Signage

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If you're hosting a wedding where the guests need a little guidance there are a few sign options available online. These are great if you only need one or two but if you need several of signs the cost will add up and I suggest you make your own.

Our Wedding Signs - Photography by: Michelle Gardella, Designs by: Lauren Caron

For this project you'll need:

  • Wood plank
  • Paint or stain for your background color
  • Paint for script
  • Narrow width synthetic paint brush (1/8" - 1/4")

Continue reading for the how-to and more pictures . . . 

We made signs from old wooden planks but buying a 6" wide x 1/2" thick x 8' long boards from Home Depot or Lowes will do the trick. They're also more than accommodating to cut down the planks to needed lengths. I suggest 1' lengths which will give you 8 pieces per board.


Because we had already purchased one chalkboard sign from, I decided it would be best to keep the colors consistent. We painted the boards black and used white paint for the script.


I would categorize myself as a lazy DIY-er because I tend to do things quickly and with little research ahead of time. I like to figure things out as the project goes along so for example, when making these signs I wrote my script freehand. You can be more careful and plan yours with chalk and measure out the distance for each letter. If you're using a printed style font I would actually recommend doing that. The one great thing for a lazy DIY-er though is that you can always paint over your mistakes, which is something a I did more than once.


The final result, some darling directional signs. The total cost of eight signs, $7 - $14 per board (depending on the wood you use) + 1 pint of paint for background paint + 1 sample sized pot for lettering = $10 - $35.

Photos by: Michelle Gardella Photography, Designs by: Lauren Caron


Photos by: Michelle Gardella Photography, Designs by: Lauren Caron

The best thing about this project is that you don't only have to use it for a wedding, but any party or event will benefit from these functional and attractive signs.


Thanks for reading . .  my best, Lauren