When it comes to decorating our home, we’re always mindful that we can’t forget about the outside! After all, that’s the part of your home that people see and experience right away, which means it’s also the part that gives visitors their first impression. That’s why we love making our own features and projects for our porch, walkway, and front yard. People might as well know that we’re an avid crafting household right away! What’s our favourite thing we’ve made the outside of our home so far, then, you ask? We actually really love making welcome signs!
Just in case you’d like to make a DIY welcome sign for your home too so that everyone knows you’re a huge DIY lover right off the bat, here are 15 tutorials, inspirations, and designs for your consideration.
1. Wooden post and drawer knob sign
Have upcycling projects always been some of your very favourites? Then here’s one that will use up some of the weirder things in your garage in order to make visitors feel a little more welcome when they arrive! Check out how House Number Three used a spare fence post and a leftover decorative dresser knob to make a stand for a nice, hand painted wooden welcome sign.
2. Stenciled stone and ribbon welcome sign
Do you like the style and idea of the hanging welcome sign we showed you above but you’re not sure you have the space or need for a stand to go with it? Well, there’s nothing wrong with hanging the sign directly on the side of the house! Now that you’ve chosen a new style, are you concerned that a wooden sign won’t quite suit with the siding of your house? Then perhaps you’d prefer a DIY stone etching instead, just like this one from Our Way of Normal!
3. Spider web welcome sign
Halloween might be several months away right now, but that does not mean that we don’t spend most of the year stockpiling awesome spooky crafting ideas that we can pull out and make when the time is right! We love the idea of making seasonal welcome signs so we can switch up the outside of our house without losing that element of crafty hospitality that we love so much. That’s why we thought this DIY spider web welcome sign project from The Momerie was so cool!
4. Moss covered welcome hanger
Were you quite into the idea of making a slightly rustic looking wooden welcome sign but the front of your house has quite a few hanging plants and a lot of greenery so you’d like to making something that looks cohesive with that? In that case, We think you should take a look at this hanging moss covered door sign from Fashionably M. French! You’re getting all the things you’re looking for in one place.
5. Upcycled cabinet door welcome sign
Are you still looking for an upcycled idea that will let you make a welcome sign from something you already have lying around? Would you give the design bonus points if the resulting sign were a little bigger than the ones we’ve shown you so far? Then we absolutely think you should take a look at this upcycled and stenciled cabinet door sign from Create a Home You Love. We think it’s cute that they embellished it with a slightly sparkly pin cone, just for something homey, rustic detail.
6. Wood and paint marker wedding welcome sign
Have you actually been scrolling through our list hoping to find welcome sign ideas that would also work for a specific event, rather than just giving your home a general welcoming vibe? In that case, we’d suggest taking a look at the way Lindsay Erin created a simple but stylishly rustic sign by using a paint marker to carefully write event info across a smoothly stained wooden plaque.
7. Upcycled pallet porch welcome sign
Are you still thinking about how much you love upcycling, especially when it comes to outdoor décor projects, but you’ve also been toying with the idea of a hand painted welcome sign and you’re not quite sure how to combine the two? Then we have a feeling this pallet wood and painted quote idea from Gypsy’s Nook might be a little more up your alley!
8. Mason jar planter flower sign
Whenever we think about rustic chic décor, mason jar crafts and weathered paint absolutely come to mind. We weren’t quite sure how to combine those two concepts with a welcome sign, however, even though rustic is precisely the aesthetic we were aiming for. That’s why we were so pleased when we came across this stencil painted welcome sign featuring a painted mason jar embellishment filled with pretty flowers. Check the whole idea out in more detail on Etsy Studio!
9. Hanging chalkboard welcome signpost
Are you still thinking about how much you loved the upcycled fence post welcome sign base that we showed you earlier on our list, but you’d rather have a little more creative control of the welcome sign part itself? Then we think perhaps chalkboard paint might be the answer to your problems! Fire Mama shows you how useful it can be to have a chalkboard welcome sign that you can change the message of for special occasions or seasonal celebrations.
10. Wood burned welcome sign
Do you actually have quite a bit of experience working with wood in different ways but now you’re ready to learn a new technique? Then perhaps it’s time to consider trying your hand at wood burning! Fashionably M. French guides you step by step through the process of making your own beveled edge wooden plaque and etching your welcome message into the centre.
11. Floral welcome coat rack
Are you the kind of practical thinker and crafter who really likes it when the things you make serve more than one purpose at a time? In that case, we have a feeling this combination welcome sign and coat rack might be just the kind of DIY project you’re looking for! This might not be the kind of welcome sign you hang outside your house so people can see your crafting skills the moment they arrive, but A Girl and A Glue Gun shows you just how useful it can be.
12. Wooden section Namaste welcome sign
Have you been looking for a DIY welcome sign for a while now that reflects other aspects of your life and your passions too, rather than just crafting and home décor? Well, for yoga lovers, here’s a lovely hand painted wood sign from Inspirational DIY! They show you how to make some very pretty lettering for the “Namaste” greeting, as well as how to accompany it with some pretty hand drawn flowers.
13. Porch picket fence welcome sign
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about upcycled pieces of outdoor fences but you don’t have any of the base posts left, so the idea we showed you previously won’t work for you? Well, that’s not the only kind of “white picket fence” style welcome sign or display you can make! Check out how DIY Craftland used a spare section of fencing to make a little garden corner on the porch, complete with a jauntily angled welcome sign.
14. Upcycled wood sign
Are you having absolutely no issues when it comes to greeting, font, or customization techniques but you’re still trying to pick a base that’s affordable and not hard to come by? Then we have a feeling you’ll enjoy this upcycled wood tutorial from J. Schulman and Company! They show you step by step how to create a base of your own that’s perfectly weathered and homey looking.
15. Reclaimed washboard welcome sign
Perhaps you’re still holding out for an upcycled idea but you’d prefer to make it a vintage recycling piece as well if you can help it? Then we’d suggest going to some garage sales or checking out the nearest farmer’s market antique stand and, while you’re there, keeping an eye out for an old washboard! We can’t get over how adorable this welcome sign design from A Piece of Life’s Pie is.
Have you made other wonderful DIY welcome sign designs that you love displaying for guests but you don’t see anything similar to your project on our list? Tell us all about how you did it or link us to a photo of your finished work in the comments section!