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DIY Farmhouse-Style Sign

Learn how to turn a dated canvas print into a stylish DIY farmhouse-style sign.  You can make one in just a few easy steps!

Hello and Welcome to My Family Thyme!  I am so excited to join this talented group for the Thrift-Store challenge, organized by creative friend, Angela from Simply Beautiful By Angela.  Our challenge is to take a thrift store find and creatively repurpose it or upcycle it.

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Angela | Simply Beautiful By AngelaMelynda | Scratch Made Food! & DIY Homemade Household – Beverly | Across the Blvd – Marie | Craft Rocker – Marci | Stone Cottage Adventures – Lynne | My Family Thyme – Allyson | Southern Sunflower

Our Thrift Store Upcycle group of bloggers is always looking to expand — and we need your help! Why not consider joining in our thrift store upcycle challenge on the last Thursday of each month? Make some friends while having fun and share your love of DIY with the world. It’s a win-win! Sound like something you’d be interested in? Just leave a comment at the end of this post with your contact info and a link to your blog. Someone will get back to you right away. We can’t wait to meet you!


I have been in the process of cleaning out some things that had belonged to my grandparents and my mother and came across these canvas pictures. I remember them hanging on the wall in the dining room of our family home. Even though they aren’t my style, I couldn’t bring myself to part with them. Why not repurpose them? With just a few simple steps, these dated canvas pictures were transformed into these farmhouse style signs that decorate my mantle. These canvas pictures are commonly found at your local thrift. Pick up an old canvas picture, along with a few supplies and you can make a farmhouse-style sign too!



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  • canvas picture with frame
  • wood polish or wax
  • cloth
  • painter’s tape (I used Frog Tape)
  • paint
  • paint brush
  • Vinyl Lettering (If you don’t have a Cricut Explore Air Machine to cut your permanent vinyl, you could always use pick up some letter stickers at your local craft store. If you do cut your letting with a Cricut, you will also need a cutting mat and transfer tape.)
  • pencil
  • measuring tape or ruler


How to Make Your Sign

  1. Clean your picture and frame. I first used wood polish and then waxed the frames, wiping off any excess with a clean, dry cloth.
  2. Next, using painter’s tape, tape off the frame.  
  3. Paint your canvas. You can use chalk paint or acrylic paint. 
  4. While the canvas was drying, I used the Cricut Design Space website to design and print lettering. If you do not have access to a Cricut Explore Air Machine, letter stickers can be purchased on Etsy or from your local craft store.
  5. Decide on the placement of your lettering. Measure and draw light lines onto your canvas with a pencil so that you adhere your letters straight.
  6. For Cricut letters, you will need to weed your vinyl, which means that you need to take the excess vinyl away so you just have your lettering left.  Adhere the transfer tape and remove the backing of the lettering. Note:  I always use this Cricut roller. It helps to ensure that projects are smooth. I use it when applying vinyl to the cutting map, the transfer tape to the vinyl, or the vinyl to the project. It’s an amazing tool.
  7. Apply the lettering to the canvas. Smooth and carefully remove the transfer paper.
  8. Enjoy your new sign!  



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  1. Look at you rocking that Cricut! I have had mine for months now and was so proud of the fact that I was able to cut out cardstock ovals last week! HA! This was a great project and I really need to get to work practicing with words. How do you keep your words so straight when putting them onto something like this?

    1. Thank you so much, Chloe! I am loving the Cricut and can’t wait until the summer when I can spend some more time using it. I am looking forward to seeing what you make with yours! My daughter uses it daily and has made a little business for herself, creating custom t-shirts and sweatshirts. She has been able to really help and guide me! For this sign, I did make light pencil lines for the placement of the letters. Hope you’re enjoying a wonderful week, my friend! xo

  2. I just LOVE your sign!!!! Thanks so much for the tutorial which I have pinned for future reference!!!!!

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