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DIY Plaid Signs with Napkins for Under $20

Looking for an inexpensive way to create some new signs?  Let me show you how easy and inexpensive these DIY plaid signs are.

I am loving the layered sign look. It is a fun way to decorate the top of a dresser or even a fireplace mantel. But buying lots of signs can be costly, so let me show you how I made these signs for under $20.

DIY Plaid Signs for Under $20 using Hearth and Hand's Guest Towels

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How to Make DIY Plaid Signs

  • First, cut you baltic birch down to size. I cut mine down to: 19 1/2″ L x 14″ H and 25″ L x 15″ H. You can buy baltic birch at Home Depot. They can cut it down for you if you don’t have a chop saw, or some Home Depots sell pre-cut boards as well.

DIY Plaid Signs with Hearth and Hand Napkins

  • Prime or paint it white. I painted mine white so the wood tones would not show through the light napkins.

DIY Plaid Signs for under $20

  • Mod Podge the front of the board. You want a good amount of Mod Podge as this is how the napkin will stick to the wood.

  • Add your napkins. I really liked using the Hearth and Hand napkins because they are thicker which makes them easier to work with. Make sure to pull the napkin tight and get all the wrinkles out, but not too tight that the lines curve. I pulled mine a little too tight on one of them and you can see how the lines slightly curve.

DIY Plaid Signs with Magnolia's Hearth and Hand Napkins

  • Match up the seams. This part was a little tricky. I didn’t get it perfect but once the sign was complete you can’t really tell. See how the lines curved a little bit?  Just make sure you are careful and really paying attention.

  • Mod Podge over the top after you have everything lined up and all the wrinkles out.

DIY Plaid Signs

After the Mod Podge dried, I used sand paper to sand off the parts of the napkin hanging off the sides. If you don’t have a way to frame it you can leave it like that and it is still super cute.

Creating a frame

I forgot to take pictures of this part. But if you are good with a table saw and chop saw this should be a piece of cake. I rip my 1″ thick pine down to 3/4″ thick strips. I then used the special walnut stain and stained all 4 sides. Once the stain is dried I cut them down to fit around the edges of the frame.  I then applied a little bit of rapid fuse and used my finish nailer to help hold everything in place. If you don’t have a nail gun you can use the rapid fuse and then clamp the frame in place until the glue is tried.

Once the glue is dry, touch up the stain and you have darling DIY plaid signs!

DIY Plaid Signs for Under $20 using Hearth and Hand's Guest Towels

I also made the black sign the same way I made the plaid signs, but instead of adding napkins I painted it with chalkboard paint so I can write on it too!

DIY Plaid Signs for Under $20 using Hearth and Hand's Guest Towels

You can shop the other fun accessories on my dresser here: 

DIY Plaid Signs for Under $20 using Hearth and Hand's Guest Towels

This dresser is painted with Sherwin Williams Peppercorn paint!  You can see how I replaced the top of this dresser here

DIY Plaid Signs for Under $20 using Hearth and Hand's Guest Towels

Happy DIYing!!

To finish this look off I added this beautiful piece of art by Elisabeth Neill!  

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  • Cate

    What an amazing idea to use napkins!!! I am trying this asap!! thank you for the inspiration!

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