DIY Butcher Block Sign (Saved $65!)

DIY Butcher Block Sign

Update: see the rest of my new office where the sign is over HERE – I'm so loving this space!

I saw this sign a few weeks ago at Alter'd State (I love that store and am so glad they opened one in Columbus!) It was priced though at $75 (yikes), and I knew there had to be a way to make it for less.




Well, this week when my office finally was completed (watch for pictures next week!) some of the butcher block from countertop was leftover and I knew I could make it myself. I'd wanted the sign for my office, so this was the perfect way to make good use of what we already had.


I've always loved Proverbs 31, and debated between this and the phrase “Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound.” (I'm all about grace around here!) But since I struggle so much some days with behaving like a girl who's clothed in strength and dignity (anyone else?), I chose this one as a daily reminder to myself.


I used my Silhouette Cutting machine and some left over paint, and finished it in about an hour.


Note to self – what looks easy NEVER is easy . . . I couldn't believe it took that long!


I found Silhouette Stencil Material at Michaels this morning (they had it for $9.99 – it's a little cheaper on Amazon), but honestly I wasn't all that impressed. It was very hard to pull away from the backing (literally, that took me 45 minutes!), and while maybe I could re-use the stencil again to make a similar pattern somewhere else it just wasn't all that easy.

(I've used vinyl before on projects and it's worked so well – I'll use that again next time!)


But, once that was done it was easy to paint in the stencil, and I couldn't believe how well it turned out! I spent $9.99 for the stencil material compared to $75 at the store, and I couldn't be more pleased. Love it!


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(I'm still debating furniture in my office and picked up this table and lamp today at Home Goods – that's why the tags are still there but I'll share the complete room next week! )


I'd love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!)  If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)


See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!



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  1. Love that sign. Did you, by chance, get that lamp at the store on Henderson Road? Because I bought a lamp identical to that in Lewis Center but returned it to Henderson Road two days ago. I swear, it’s the same one!!

    • I bought it at the store on Lewis Center Laura. The only thing is it seems a little crooked – I’m debating hanging onto it (I do love it!) What a small world! 🙂

      • Well, the one i returned to Henderson Road was not crooked if you really want to switch it out. They had such a better selection at Lewis Center. Yes, small world!

  2. Where can I find an inexpensive stencil maker or silhouette cutting machine. There are several phrases I’d like to turn its art for my home. Also? Where can those of us who don’t have left over butchers block find it? Would you consider making these ad selling them yourself? I could save myself the trouble and pay you!! How about I just email you all the phrases I’d like and the size of the piece I need and just pay you??!

    • Hi Jeneen! My kids are seriously considering making some of these, but we’re on the hunt for inexpensive butcher block too (I’ve heard IKEA carries it!) I need to run to Home Depot and see what they’re prices add up to. I ordered my Silhouette last year during a sale (I use it for scrapbooking as well), and love it. If I see a good deal on these I’ll definitely be sure to post it!

  3. When you mean you used vinyl, did you make the stencil out of vinyl?
    That would be a one time use correct and would you use it in your silhouette maker?

    • I did make the stencil out of vinyl Laurie – hope that helps! It was a one time use thing – you can buy actual paper for your Silhouette that makes a stencil (it’s heavier than the vinyl) but for me it’s a little harder to work with. Hope that helps!

  4. Was it the Silhouette vinyl or the shelf liner vinyl?

  5. Which do you think is better-a cricut or a silhouette?

    • I really like them both Renee – it’s been years since I’ve used a Cricut and I probably like my Silhouette best right now, but I know the Cricut has changed a ton since I used it, so it’s hard to say for sure! I know that doesn’t help much, but I really am pleased with my Silhouette!

  6. What size board did you use?

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