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Christmas Wood Paddle Signs

Welcome to the 7th annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!

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!  

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 make these 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 paddle boards and allow them to dry.  If you’re able to do this outside, the paint dries in no time at all!

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.

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.

I follow this same process the entire length of the paddle board 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 paint brush and the 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. 

I started at the top and painted each open section 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.

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.

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.

Step #6

Now it’s time to get your painted paddle boards.  Lay out your letters on the paddle board where you want them. I chose to have the words go vertically down my boards. 

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 sit 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.


Step #8

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

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

Enjoy and happy holidays! 


Take a look at these other amazing holiday home decor projects!  Just click the title to check them out!

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See ya later!

32 Comments… add one
  • Dana Tatar 11/08/2017, 12:19 PM

    Super cute project! I love the stripes!
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    • Lynn 11/08/2017, 7:28 PM

      Thanks, Dana!

  • Shelby @Fitasamamabear 11/08/2017, 1:41 PM

    Wow- craftsy! I suck at things like this but yours turned out sooo perfect! Great idea:)

    • Lynn 11/08/2017, 7:28 PM

      Thanks, Shelby! It was fun to make.

  • Marcie 11/08/2017, 2:36 PM

    This is such a cute idea! I’ve never seen wood paddles as Xmas decor, so this is a new idea to me!

    • Lynn 11/08/2017, 7:29 PM

      Thanks, Marcie! Thought I’d try something a little different.

  • Larissa 11/08/2017, 10:59 PM

    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!

  • Tanvi Rastogi 11/09/2017, 7:20 AM

    This is such great DIY – The end result came out so good.

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  • Ashley Stephenson 11/09/2017, 8:29 AM

    I love these! So cute and simple!
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  • La Shell 11/09/2017, 8:33 AM

    Love these! How creative? My problem may be getting my hands on the paddles. A nice project to work on with my nieces and nephews for sure!

  • Belle 11/09/2017, 10:21 AM

    Oh my gosh! This is such a great idea! And I love how it turned out!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  • Tracy 11/09/2017, 12:26 PM

    These are so cute! They would make perfect front porch decor at my house!

  • Tiffany 11/09/2017, 1:14 PM

    These paddles are so cute! Thank you so much for posting the tutorial.

  • Cherryl Ehlenburg 11/09/2017, 1:37 PM

    So cute! Thank you for sharing!

  • Kristen Jones 11/09/2017, 4:42 PM

    These are SO cute! Such a fun DIY, too!
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  • sabrina 11/09/2017, 8:30 PM

    Aww i love this idea! I need to look out for those paddles at my craft store!

  • Kelsi 11/09/2017, 8:47 PM

    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!

  • Helen 11/09/2017, 10:38 PM

    THESE ARE AMAZING! Seriously these are the cutest decor for Christmas.

  • Super cute! I love how simple this is, yet they look amazing and like something you’d buy already done in a the craft store or a home decor place. They could also be made reversible, with one side a fall decoration, then turn it for Christmas.

  • Tawni 11/10/2017, 9:41 AM

    Oh my gosh this is brilliant! Thank you for sharing!
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  • Jenna Urben 11/10/2017, 11:23 AM

    I love paddles!! This is so cute 🙂
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  • Taylor Mobley 11/10/2017, 11:57 AM

    I love these paddles! They’re so cute!!

  • ShootingStarsMag 11/10/2017, 1:32 PM

    Oh wow, this is SUCH a cute idea. I think my mom would love making these. We love wooden decor and all things DIY are just such a nice touch.

    -Lauren Becker
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  • Kalyn 11/10/2017, 1:50 PM

    These are adorable! They would look great next to my fire place!

  • Sue D 11/10/2017, 6:48 PM

    Very pretty.

  • Kenyatta Harris 11/10/2017, 8:09 PM

    This is such a cute easy DIY project for Christmas. Love how cute it turned out.

    • Lynn 11/19/2017, 8:42 PM

      Thanks, Kenyatta!

  • Mary Leigh 11/10/2017, 9:41 PM

    You did a really great job of these – they turned out great and would make excellent gifts!

    • Lynn 11/19/2017, 8:42 PM

      Thanks so much, Mary Leigh!

  • Stacey Roberson 11/12/2017, 10:58 PM

    I love these Christmas paddles. I definitely want to make these for my front porch.

  • Michelle James 11/18/2017, 12:58 PM

    Really cute project Lynn!

    • Lynn 11/19/2017, 8:34 PM

      Thanks, Michelle!

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