Now, we know not everyone is the same as us, but we’re the kind of crafters who adore DIY so much that we actually like to show it off a little, making it part of our schtick and decor and letting visitors to our home know that it’s a big part of our personality and lives. That’s why we always have some kind of homemade trinket hanging on the front door or greeting our friends when they knock and enter our home! Sometimes it’s a wreath and sometimes it’s just a wall hanger, but lately we’ve been falling in love with the idea of making an actual welcome sign that sets a friendly and crafty tone for our home before a person has even crossed the porch. We’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for inspiration all month!
Are you feeling just as enamoured as we are, if not more, with the idea of making your own DIY welcome sign? Then check out these 15 beautiful ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for guidance.
1. Painted horseshoe welcome sign
Do you live in the country, or have you perhaps just put lots of work into building a sort of country inspired and farmhouse chic aesthetic together in your home? Either way, we think you might appreciate this lovely painted horseshoe welcome sign outlined step by simple step on Kandy Kustoms Krafts! You could play with the colour scheme of this design quite easily to try and customize it a little better to your own space but we think the shape and design itself is absolutely adorable.
2. Gold painted frame and burlap bow sign
Are you feeling quite interested in the concept of upcycling something else into a welcome sign but you’re not sure you’ll have access to actual horseshoes? Perhaps your home is better suited to something vintage inspired than it is to something quite so clearly farmhouse chic. In any case, we have a feeling this gold painted frame and burlap bow sign outlined in detail on Start at Home Decor might be a little more up your alley!
3. Rainbow pallet wood and quote sign
If you’re going to upcycle something to make a nice welcome sign, would you rather work with reclaimed wood pieces? Well, if you’re also a fan of hand painting and bright colours, then we think you might get a real kick out of this super fun and customizable idea from Daniz Designz! They show you how to build a simple, scattered looking board tower, paint it in bright shades, and do some fun letter stencilling with descriptive words of your choice until you have a collection that you think depicts your family just right.
4. Cheerful flip flop sign
Do you live in the kind of place where the weather actually usually stops you from putting decor out most of the year, since things will just get ruined, so you prefer to make very summer themed pieces instead? Then maybe you’d get along better with something like this adorable upcycled flip flop piece outlined in detail on Creating With Joy. We love their pastel colour scheme and the beachy feel of the while thing!
5. Board and mason jar flowers sign
If you’re going to put the time and effort it takes to make a welcome sign, would you rather create one that’s a little more classic, like ones you’ve probably seen on other people’s doors or sold in decor shops? Well, particularly if you’re the kind of person who loves flowers and often has vases of them out on your surfaces, then we think you’ll appreciate the way Seventh and Lark shows you how to make this mason jar vase welcome sign from scratch.
6. Chalkboard and hanging planter sign
Have you actually been interested lately in learning how to put your amateur but budding woodworking skills to good use, so you’d rather make something with a bit of structure? Well, especially if we really caught your attention when we talked about ideas that showcase flowers too, then we think you just might be the perfect person to give this standing chalkboard and hanging planter sign a try! You’ll find the full steps and instructions on Decor and The Dog.
7. Picket fence welcome sign
We’ve all heard adages about cute houses with the classic white picket fence out front, but we feel like we rarely see actual white picket fences outside of family homes anymore! Even so, it’s a pretty cute and traditional look when we do, which we’re pretty sure is the reason this lovely welcome sign from Bumbleberry Cottage Designs that harnesses the charm of that very white picket fence idea caught our eye so well!
8. Chevron pineapple and burlap sign
Do your favourite and most practiced DIY skills actually usually lie more in the world of fabric and stitching, but you feel like you don’t often see sewing based welcome signs since most of them are wooden or mixed medium? Well, if you’ve been holding out for a softer design then we think you’ll be very pleased indeed to come across this adorable stitched pineapple welcome hanger outlined in great detail on Brickhouse Designs!
9. Felt flower painted welcome sign
Have we actually really got your attention caught somewhere between the classic wooden welcome signs and much softer elements, but you’re having trouble choosing? Well, who ever said you can’t combine the two? If the idea of working with felt appeals to you then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how The Old White Shed Iowa made this pretty sign that’s embellished with hand layered felt flowers of different kinds!
10. Painted planter shelf sign
Did we almost have you feeling convinced on an idea when we started talking about welcome signs that involve planters but you’d rather set out a few cute little pots than one larger hanger like you saw previously? In that case, we have a sneaking suspicion that you might get along a little better with this reclaimed and painted wood idea from Daddy by Day that shows you how to make a sign with a cute little planter shelf below!
11. Vintage window welcome sign
If you’re going to make a welcome sign that involves vintage inspired elements and a bit of upcycling, would you actually prefer to repurpose real elements from an old home, just for a really authentic rustic feel? Then we think you simply must take a look at the way Indulgy made their welcome sign from a salvaged window and garden box! We love the idea of using the box to plant an herb garden.
12. Framed favourite things porch sign
Did we really hit the nail on the head when we started talking about the idea of feeling caught between two concepts, but it was actually the reclaimed photo frame and the descriptive word art that you liked best? Then we think you’ll be quite thrilled to learn that there’s a way to combine those two things in one place too! Check out this tutorial from Seeking Lavender Lane to learn more about how they made this wonderfully weathered looking photo framed welcome sign that displays your family’s favourite things!
13. Framed printed glass porch sign
Are you still feeling pretty intrigued by the idea of working with glass like you would in a frame, but your sense of style and decorum is a little more classic and minimalist? Then we think you might have better luck with this slightly more formal family sign concept outlined nice and simply thanks to 2 Busy Brunettes! They show you a simple and effective technique for working right on the glass itself for an impressive finished product.
14. Fall rake welcome sign
It might not be fall right this second, but we’re the kind of crafters who love bookmarking seasonal ideas all year round and hanging onto them for future references so we already have all kinds of options for that time of year when those days arrive! That’s why we couldn’t pass on including this lovely fall themed welcome sign that Old House to New Home shows you how to make from a rake and some pretty fabric fall leaves.
15. Painted silver tray and leaf fall welcome sign
Just in case you’d like to gather as many possible upcycling ideas as you can before you make your decision, here’s another vintage inspired concept that’s a little less rustic in its style, just in case weathered wood doesn’t really fit what you’re going for! We’d suggest taking a better look at this tutorial from DIY Joy how to paint, embellish, and do chalk lettering on an old silver serving tray, like the kind you’d find at a thrift store.
Have you made another kind of awesome and friendly looking welcome sign before that you still hang proudly to this day but that you don’t see anything quite similar to on our list? Tell us all about how you made it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!