Decorating with natural wood elements can really add farmhouse style to your home.  Check out how I made a personalized nursery wood slice name sign to give my nursery a bit of farmhouse character.

Add a bit of farmhouse decor to your girl nursery decor with an easy DIY craft personalized nursery wood slice sign

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It’s time for another Create With Me Challenge!  Last month, you voted for us to make a project using natural wood, which is speaking my DIY language!

Since I found out baby #3 was a girl, I knew I wanted to make her a farmhouse style nursery. Don’t worry, I’ll be sharing alllll the details very soon.

Natural wood is an essential part of farmhouse style decor, so I knew I could make something for her room with a cheap wood slice I picked up from Michaels.

After failing at a couple different ideas (note: you cannot do iron-on transfers to wood slices), I decided to stick with simple, neutral colors and her beautiful name: Evelyn Rose (more on that in another post).

I started by painting the wood slice in Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Paint in Linen.

Next, I used one of those brushes with thick bristles (aka not a really expensive brush) so that the paint lines would show through.  I also left some of the edges exposed.

Add a bit of farmhouse decor to your girl nursery decor with an easy DIY craft personalized nursery wood slice sign

Next, I tried to do the iron-on transfer of some pretty watercolor flowers and boy did that fail.

While I tried to figure out how I was going to salvage the ruined portion of the wood slice (because I had already ruined the OTHER side of the wood slice), I decided to add some pretty cursive for her name.

I love the dramatic swashes before and after words.  I Think I mentioned before that I’m a font junkie.  Tell me I can download a free font and you bet I’m going to do it.  Especially if it comes with pretty doodles.  I designed her name on Picmonkey.com (SO easy) and printed it out.

Using the same method I’ve used to transfer words to any material before, I transferred the printed out name onto the wood slice.  Basically, color the back of the paper with pencil, tape that side onto the wood slice, then trace overtop with a pen or pencil.  It magically transfers the the perfect font onto the wood slice.  No free-handing required!

Add a bit of farmhouse decor to your girl nursery decor with an easy DIY craft personalized nursery wood slice sign

(See the gross watercolor transfer in the corner.  It turned out so yellow ewwww!!!!)

Add a bit of farmhouse decor to your girl nursery decor with an easy DIY craft personalized nursery wood slice sign

With the pencil tracing on the wood slice, I was easily able to color along the lines with a regular black sharpie.  I really wanted to use a gray chalk pen, but didn’t have one (the horror!!!).

Because the black sharpie was a little too harsh (I prefer a more muted tone), I applied some  white wax over the surface.  Then, I quickly wiped off any excess with a paper towel.  A quick wipe with some antiquing wax added a vintage look that I absolutely love!

With the name complete, I had to do something with the yellow disaster in the corner.  I ventured to my faux floral stash and found the perfect peach blossoms from last spring.  They were a white/beige/cream color.  With my handy glue gun, I strategically placed the flowers over the gross yellow.

I think I actually like it better with a bit of dimension that the flowers add.

Add a bit of farmhouse decor to your girl nursery decor with an easy DIY craft personalized nursery wood slice sign

And that was it!  If I didn’t try two other designs first, this really would have only taken me 15 minutes (not including drying time for the paint/waxes).  Plus, it only cost me a few dollars for the wood slice!

Add a bit of farmhouse decor to your girl nursery decor with an easy DIY craft personalized nursery wood slice sign

Ahh doesn’t it look so vintage and cute?!  It’s perfect for my sweet little girl’s room.  I can’t decide if I want to hang it on her door or put it on some shelves I’m planning to make over her new dresser (oh that’s also a makeover!).

The combination of antique and white wax really transforms the whole sign.

Add a bit of farmhouse decor to your girl nursery decor with an easy DIY craft personalized nursery wood slice sign

So, what do you think?

Add a bit of farmhouse decor to your girl nursery decor with an easy DIY craft personalized nursery wood slice sign



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Wishing you a joyful day, friends!

34 Comments

  1. Kim

    So adorable! What a lovely idea for a name sign – I bet it looks so sweet in your daughter’s room!

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  2. Patrice Pawlak

    JUST BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

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  3. Samantha

    Oh my word, I would have never guessed that this was your Plan B! It is so beautiful!! I love her name and I love how the flowers look on the raw wood! Pinning!

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      Aww thanks Samantha! I love the backup plan more than my original plan! When does that ever happen haha. I’m so glad you like it!

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  4. Michelle James

    This turned out so lovely! What a great personalized sign & I love the flowers!

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  5. Amy @ My Life From Home

    It turned out great! I love the combination of the rustic wood and the pretty flowers! Adorable!

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  6. Bonnie

    That is such a cute idea! I love it because it looks so feminine.

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  7. Emily

    This is adorable! I love the dimension that the faux flowers add!

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  8. Chelsea Wolf

    I love happy mistakes! The fake flowers really make the whole piece! Love this idea and might have to use it for my boy nursery! Minus the flowers 🙂

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      Thanks so much Chelsea!! You could definitely do a wood slice name sign for a boy’s nursery, too! Though, I agree the flowers may not work 😉

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  9. Lora

    Very cute! I love wood slices for wall art because they add nice depth and texture – the flowers even more so!

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  10. Naphtali

    This is adorable. My first born daughter is named Evelyn Rose!

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  11. Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins

    So cute! I love how you just came up with another idea to cover up the mistake. I’ve totally done the same thing, haha.

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      Thanks Shani!! I’m pretty sure I’m covering up a mistake more times than not, I just don’t always admit it haha!! Glad you do it, too!

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  12. Lindi

    Is Evelyn Rose your daughter’s name? I saw this on Pinterest and I HAD to click over! That’s my daughter’s name too! Crazy!

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      Is it really?! That is my daughter’s name (who is due April 14th!). Evelyn was my grandma’s name 🙂 Great minds think alike!

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  13. Amber

    This is beautiful! I would love to make one for my daughter’s bedroom. What is the name of the font you used? It’s gorgeous handwriting!

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      Thanks so much Amber!!! The font is called “hide away” and I purchased it from Creative Market. Honestly, it’s probably not worth it to buy the font. Creative Market gives out 6 free items every Monday so watch out for a pretty font you like and download it for free 🙂

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  14. Emily

    I was just wondering where you found the wood? It’s such a cute idea and I’ve been looking for planks for awhile now.

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      Hi Emily! I found the wood slice at Michaels! It was from a few months ago but I’m pretty sure they still sell it. If not, you could try Hobby Lobby 🙂

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