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Christmas Wood Paddle Signs

We’ve got 2 weeks until Thanksgiving and 6 1/2 weeks until Christmas.  That seems so weird because weren’t we just celebrating and bringing in the new year of 2017 and not it’s almost out of here?!  The holidays, as for many, are one of my favorite times of the year.

My husband would have a fit that I’m already in Christmas mode.  I’m going, to be honest, y’all…I’m over the pumpkins now and ready for something new!  Since it’s not quite time to decorate for the holidays (at least in my house because my sweet husband would have a fit!), I joined other bloggers for the Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop.  One of the things I love to do at Christmas is to DIY decor around the house.  Okay….who am I kidding? I DIY all year round, but at Christmas time it’s much more festive!

Christmas signs

My DIY project is wood paddle signs.  These are so easy to make, you can do it in one day!  Simple projects like this are also fun to make with your kids.  These wood paddle signs are great for gifts, for your walls, fireplace, or mantle.  You can hang them up or prop them up!

Christmas Wood Paddle Signs

(Materials needed to make Christmas wood paddle signs)

  • Wood paddles (you can purchase these at your local craft store)
  • Chalk paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Wooden letters for words (I’m spelling “joy” and “peace”)
  • Wood glue (my favorite is Gorilla Wood Glue)
  • Ribbon

Our weather is still really nice here in Raleigh so I was able to take this outside!  I grabbed my work table and got to painting!

Step #1

I’m a messy painter. I’ve tried and tried, but can seem to have a clean work area so I grabbed a piece of a cardboard box to lay on my work table.  I used chalk paint to paint the paddles white.  Now I wanted more of a rustic look so I didn’t try to have every inch of the paddles painted.  There are areas on the paddle that have no paint and that’s exactly what I wanted.  If you aren’t going for that rustic look, make sure to paint all areas.

Paint the front and back of the paddleboards and allow them to dry.  If you’re able to do this outside, the paint dries in no time at all!

Christmas paddle signs

How to make paddle signs

Step #2

Now it’s time for the candy-cane effect.  To do this, you’ll need Painter’s Tape.  I love this tape when I’m doing projects like this because it doesn’t truly stick to the surface you’re working on.  Now, it sticks, but it’s not a hard stick like tape because well, you are just going to use it for a little bit.

How to make Christmas signs

Painter’s Tape comes in various widths so decide how wide you want your stripes and purchase the tape accordingly.  I wanted my stripes fairly large so I chose the 2″ width tape.  I chose to have the candy cane effect on the entire paddle so I started at the top and laid the tape diagonally.  I then grabbed a pencil and marked 3″ from the bottom of the piece of tape above it and made my pencil mark.  Where the pencil mark shows is where I’ll place my next piece of Painter’s Tape.

How to make Christmas signs

I follow this same process the entire length of the paddleboard until I’m done.  Make sure the tape is lying flat, especially on the sides, to avoid bleed-through and to keep your paint lines as straight as possible.

Step #3

Grab a small paintbrush and red chalk paint.  Remember that the areas that have Painter’s Tape will be the white part of your paddle.  The open areas are the ones you are about to paint with the red paint.

Straight edge paintbrush

I started at the top and painted each open section red.

Paint paddleboard red

Again, I was going for the rustic look so it’s not perfectly painted.  There are areas of the paddle that you can see white through the red paint and that’s just fine by me!  Now here’s the thing with Painter’s Tape.  Once you have finished painting, remove the tape.  DO NOT let the paint dry with the tape on because once the paint is dry, as you peel it off, it may very well take some of the paint off with it.  Peel the tape off the paddle slowly.  Don’t rip it off like a band-aid!

Step #4

Take a look at your lines.  If there are areas that have bled through and you want to have lines that are straighter, it’s easy to do.

Candy cane signs

Use a small, thin paintbrush.

Grab the Pinter’s Tape and place the tape against the red edge.  This time, the red paint will be covered.  Grab your white paint, paint along that edge and remove the tape.  Voilà!  You’ve got straight lines!  Do this throughout the edges as you see fit.

Paint baddleboard

Set the paddles aside to dry.

Step #5

Grab your wooden letters and remove any of the adhesive or stickers that may be on them from the store.

Paint your wooden letters green and allow them to dry.

Paint wood signs

Painted wooden letters

Step #6

Now it’s time to get your painted paddleboards.  Layout your letters on the paddleboard where you want them. I chose to have the words go vertically down my boards.

Joy wooden sign

Once you have letters placed where you would like them, glue them onto the paddle.

Gorilla glue is a strong glue and it doesn’t take much for it to work.  Make sure each letter is covered, but you don’t need a lot.

Allow the letters to dry.  With Gorilla glue, it’s best to let the glue set and dry for 24 hours.

Step #7

Take a piece of ribbon and tie it around the neck or top of your paddleboard.  Tie a bow and cut the excess ribbon off.  I like to leave a little bit hanging from the bow.

Painted love sign

Step #8

Place your paddleboard in your home or package up and give as a gift!

Christmas signs

This was such a fun project to create.  See how easy it was?

Enjoy and happy holidays! 


  1. Larissa says

    This is too cute! I’ve seen them around and always thought people bought them like that. I had no idea it could be a DIY project. Maybe I’ll have to do this with the kids I babysit…I think they would enjoy making these to put around their house!

  2. Kelsi says

    Oh these are super cute! My girlfriends and I always get together before christmas for a potluck and craft session, last year we did wreaths but this year this would be an awesome idea!

  3. Jen says

    I recently just moved into my first home a couple months ago and one of my favorite things is DIY projects! These are so cute! I can’t wait to make some of my own!

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