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How To DIY The Perfect Gift For The Holidays

Nothing adds inviting warmth and a personal touch to a home quite like a DIY project! With colder days ahead of us, it’s time to bring our DIY hobbies and passions indoors to enjoy crafting projects in the comfort and warmth of our homes. Now is the perfect time to start creating personalized, heartfelt DIY gifts that are perfect for friends and family for the holiday season!

When looking for materials for your next DIY project, consider the wide variety of DIY project options provided by wood rounds and unfinished pine boards. Unfinished wood rounds are lightweight, circle-shaped pieces of wood often used in crafting. The unfinished wood is an opportunity to bring your own interior design visions to life!

Today, we’re putting the spotlight on decorative wooden signs you can create from wood rounds! Wooden signs make for the perfect personalized gift for anyone for the holidays. You can personalize wooden signs with family names, sports teams, colleges, birthdays, baby names, hometown states, detailed designs and patterns, and beyond! In this blog, our Finished Inspirations team is breaking down how to DIY your very own wooden sign.

What you’ll need:

  • Wood round
  • Sandpaper or sander
  • Stain or paint of your choice
  • Personalized vinyl decal
  • Transfer paper
  • Clear urethane
  • Sponge brush
  • Ribbon and bows
  • Staple gun

The steps:

  1. Sand your wood round for a smooth finish.
  2. Stain or paint the wood round with your color preference, and let it completely dry.
  3. Purchase your choice of vinyl decal designs or print and cut your own!
  4. Cut the transfer paper slightly larger than your decals, and apply the sticky side of the transfer paper on top of your decal. Press firmly to ensure the decals adhere to the transfer paper.
  5. Once your wood round is dry, gently peel off the backing of your decals.
  6. Ensure your wood round is free of any dirt or debris!
  7. Measure and determine where you want your decal to be placed.
  8. Slowly and firmly place and press your decal onto the wood round to avoid any air bubbles.
  9. Once firmly pressed, slowly peel back and remove the transfer paper.
  10. To protect from elements, seal your design with urethane and a sponge brush. Let dry.
  11. Once your seal is completely dry, secure a ribbon to the back with staples for hanging.
  12. Attach bows, more ribbon, greenery, or any other 3D elements you wish to the sign with a staple gun.
  13. Hang up, admire your work, and enjoy! Or wrap up for a friend to give them this holiday season!

Think of an unfinished wood round as a blank canvas waiting for your design creativity. Other projects you can DIY with wood rounds are coasters, charcuterie boards, centerpieces, photo frames, mirror frames, shelves, and more!

You can pick up unfinished wood rounds for your next DIY project at your local Lowes. We want to see how your DIY holiday gifts turn out! Capture pictures and videos of your progress and the finished product of your DIY project to share on Instagram! Tag us at #finishedinspirations to be featured on our page.

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