DIY Framed Valentine’s Day Sign Tutorial

For information and step by step instructions on how I made my Valentine’s Day hearts, check out this post from last week!


Since these have become super popular lately, I figured I’d put together a little tutorial on how I framed out the Valentine’s Day sign I made last week. This framed-sign look is really in right now, especially with the Farmhouse style decor. With this tutorial, you will be able to make your very own!

Here are a few examples of other framed, Farmhouse style signs you see all over Pinterest:

And check out this one I made for Court and Bobby as part of their wedding present 🙂

Now back to the tutorial.

To frame out my Valentine’s Day sign, I used:

  • 1 – 2″ x 1″ x 8′ Common Board
  • Dark Walnut Minwax Stain + Stain Sponge
  • DEWALT Miter Saw
  • Grip-Rite Finishing Nails 
  • Tape Measure
  • Hammer
  • Sand Paper

Step 1 –

First I figured out the length I’d need to cut my 1″ x 2″ for each side of the sign [Knowing all four sides would need to be the same length].

**Tip: even though it says it is 2″ x 1″, it’s actually not. Really, the measurements come up closer to 1 3/4″ x 3/4″. 

I laid my 2″ x 1″ along one edge of the sign, making the end of the common board line up with the edge of my sign.

Then I measured the length of my sign + the width of my common board that would butt up against it on the other side of the sign. [So in my case: 10″ for the sign edge + 3/4″ for the width of the common board]

So each side of the frame will need to be cut to 10 3/4″ in length.


Step 2 –

After finalizing your measurements, use the miter saw to cut the sides for your frame. After cutting I lightly sanded all of the edges of my frame so everything was smooth and ready for staining.

Step 3 –

Next comes staining [or painting, depending on the style/look you’re going for]. I chose to use my Dark Walnut stain I had left over from previous projects. I really wanted to get that dark wood look for this sign.

The common board soaked the stain right up and I was pleased with the look after just one coat.

Step 4 –

I would suggest getting a helper for this step. 

Having an extra set of hands will come in handy if you are nailing the sides of your frame by hand [as opposed to a nail gun].

With one person holding the side in place, hammer in one nail in the center of the sign’s side, making sure one edge of the frame is flush with the edge of the sign.

Keep turning the side around until you have 1 nail in the center of each sign side.This makes it easier to finish off the nailing.

To make sure the frame is secure, I hammered a nail in each corner of the frame, securing them all to one another. So in total, my frame has 8 nails.

Ta da! My Valentine’s Day is all framed and ready to bring a little holiday love to my house.

Have you made a framed sign before? What are some tips/tricks that helped you? I’d love to swap helpful tips!


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