Reclaimed Wood Frame Sign



Introduction: Reclaimed Wood Frame Sign

About: I love to build DIY wood projects.

A few years back during the winter, our old backyard fence fell due to strong winds. Over the years the 4x4 post gets rotten from rain and moister and eventually falls apart. At that point, the post and the fence need to be replaced. I had to disassemble the old fence before installing the new one, but instead of throwing away the fence I saved sections of wood that were still in good shape. So using some of this old fence wood I built a Reclaimed Wood Frame Sign and Wall Flower Sconces.

I didn’t realize how appealing reclaimed wood could look like until I finished the project. Especially I like the natural wood texture with all the groves and dents from marinating out in the sun and dirt for many years. I need to find more fence wood for my next projects probably from the fence subcontractor. There’s an old saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.

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For more information please visit my website TheDIYPlan. You also might be interested in Dining Table Centerpiece and Kitchen Wood Sign projects that I attempted to replicate a reclaimed wood appearance.


• 1x4x6' (x8)

1 1/4" Brad Nails

ScotchBlue Painter's Tape

• White Spray Paint

• Four Bottles

Tools for this project

Tape Measure

Miter Saw

Table Saw

Nail Gun

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Step 1: Cut Boards for the Frame

If you're using old fence boards, the first thing you need to do is to clean them with a wire brush to remove any dirt or loose pieces. Then, take 1x4 and cut two boards at 35" in length and two boards at 27" in length at 45° with a Miter Saw. Set this frame aside we will come back to it later.

Step 2: Cut Diagonal Boards

The boards behind the frame will be attached diagonally as 45°. Cut these boards per dimensions provided in the cut list. If you're making a different size wood frame sign then you will need to make sure these diagonal boards are long enough to cover the visible area.

Step 3: Attach Diagonal Boards to the Frame

Now place the frame on a flat surface face down. I used a corner of my workbench to make sure the frame is squared. Then place diagonal board over the frame. Nail these boards to the frame using 1 1/4" Brad Nails with a Nail Gun.

Step 4: Attach the Side Boards

Flip the wood frame facing up to attach the sides. Take 1x4 and rip it in half using a Table Saw. Then cut these ripped pieces to 35" in length (x2) and 28" in length (x2). Nail the sides to the frame with 1 1/4" Brad Nails.

Step 5: Make Wall Flower Sconce

As an addition to the frame, make a simple wall flower sconce for the flowers or twigs. Cut two pieces to 22 1/2" in length and two pieces to 13 1/4" in length. Also, cut four pieces at 4" in length for the bottle stand. Attach these 4" long pieces to the backboard at any height you want using 1 1/4" Brad Nails.

Step 6: Spray Paint Over Text

Print out 11x17 text and cut out each letter with scissors. Take ScotchBlue Painter's Tape and make a loop with the tape and tape it to the backside of the letters. Then place the letters on the diagonal boards symmetrically. Cover the front frame with paper and tape before spray painting. Once everything is covered, spay paint lightly over the letters. Then remove the letters.

Step 7: Hang Reclaimed Wood Frame Sign on the Wall

On the backside of the frame, screw in 1 1/4" Pocket hole screws on the left and right sides. Use either a wire or rope to tie both ends together so that you could hang this frame on the wall. Attach the wall flower sconce on each side of the frame about 2 or 4" apart. We used bottles from Fever-Tree Premium Ginger Ale drink and inserted a few twigs in each bottle. You're done!

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