I am not normally one to decorate my front doorstep.

I mean, I love all of the pictures of adorable porches and doorsteps floating around out there on Pinterest.  But it’s like those homeowners all know the secret handshake for the cool-front-porch club, and I’m clueless.

Until now–because I made a sign.

And that sign started a ball rolling.

Making the sign was a fun project, so I thought I’d share it with you.  But really, it’s not ground-breaking.  Just fun with a pretty outcome.

Welcome Sign by McCall Manor cover photo

I got a 1x12x8 piece of lumber at Lowe’s and stained it with a dark walnut stain.


Before I stained it, I took out all of my aggressions on it using a hammer, a screwdriver and the bone saw.

It’s cheaper than a therapist.  And so much more fun.

Bad hair day?


Ran out of milk this morning?


Forgot to wash uniforms for school?


Welcome sign square

Welcome Sign wood 2

See what I mean?  Therapy.

Using the Silhouette machine I was able to cut vinyl letter stencils for the word ‘welcome’.

Since my board is 12″ (actually is 11.25″) I made the W and the M 10″ wide and the rest of the letters 7″ wide.  I wanted a border on either side of the widest letters and wanted to ‘skinnier letters’ to read that way.  That’s the reason for the width difference.

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As far as the height of the letters, I could have made them taller to take up the whole board, but wanted to hang a wreath at the top.  So, I took the length of the board and subtracted 18″ for the spot that the wreath would take up.  I also wanted 10″ at the bottom so that I could have a pumpkin or something sitting in front of it.  I divided the remaining inches by 7 and that gave me my letter height.

[Kids–stay in school and do your math homework, you WILL use it one day.]

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I used a cream chalk paint to paint the letters.  Then I sanded them down and used some ‘Beverly’ wax to seal and age it a bit.

Welcome Sign by McCall Manor 2

Now, I am officially one of those people that decorates her front doorstep.  I feel like I’m in an exclusive club.

Just gotta practice that handshake…

Welcome Sign by McCall Manor 1

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27 Responses to Welcome Sign {using the Silhouette machine}

  1. Bess says:

    Love this! I especially love the size – go big or go home! Great project 🙂

  2. Your whole porch looks so lovely…and I really like the sign!! I love the scale of it, too…it’s different enough without being too off-the-wall or weird. And I’m jealous of your wood distressing session…I could use one of those after today, haha!

  3. Happysuz says:

    Wow, the porch looks great! You are so in the club now!

  4. Tammy says:

    Love this!!! Some day I will invest in one of those machines.

  5. WOW! This is beautiful sign. So totally love your front door 😀

  6. Kala Duncan says:

    I love it so much I just might copy it!!!! 🙂

  7. Hi Holly- Thanks for linking this up! I love it! Of course, once you starting talking about width adjustments my eyes rolled behind my head! Ha! laura

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  9. Carolyn says:

    I really like it. What font did you use?

  10. amy says:

    Was your vinyl lettering for the welcome sign like a sticker to the wood board

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  12. PAM says:


    • Linda says:

      Very nice. How did you stop the bleed through when you painted the letters on over the stencils?

      • hollymcc says:

        Hey Linda,
        Well, the vinyl has a sticky back so that the paint doens’t bleed easily under it. But also, the way you pull your paint brush makes a difference as well. If you pull from the stencil into the negative space the paint doesn’t get pushed under the stencil. Does that make sense? I hope you have great success with it!

        • Chris says:

          I have a Silhouette and absolutely love it, but I have never done anything on wood for fear of the paint bleeding. I think you are saying that you would paint from the outside in (towards the middle), is that correct? I’m always so hesitant to try the wood projects for fear of making a mistake and ruining a good piece of wood.

          • hollymcc says:

            Hey Chris! That is exactly what I meant, glad you got that. 🙂 I totally understand your fear, but honestly just go for it. Wood can be sanded if paint leaks under. It is very forgiving in that respect. I usually sand my painted letters anyway just to take away the ‘perfectness’. Not to say they are perfect… Ha
            Good luck and keep me posted on how it goes!

  13. Chris says:

    Hi Holly, thanks so much for your kind words of encouragement. I bought
    some paint today and hope to get a few pieces of wood to play around with
    this coming weekend. I forgot to ask previously if when you made the letter
    stencils, did you use vinyl or just cardstock? I would think the vinyl would stick
    to the wood making it easier to stay in place while applying the paint. Thank you
    again in advance for any tips.

    • hollymcc says:

      It is a sticky back vinyl. It worked perfectly! Please send pics of your project! On the blog you can submit an email and attach a picture to it. Hope you have fun with it!

  14. Hanlie says:

    Hi Holly,
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Do you let the paint dry before removing the vinyl?

    • hollymcc says:

      I try to get the vinyl off before it finishes drying. But I’ve had pretty good results either way. This project is very forgiving because I sanded the letters for a worn look and that hides imperfections. 🙂

  15. Laura says:

    What font did you use?

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  17. Kay Belle says:

    Thanks for sharing! I definitely feel inspired to make a welcome sign for my front door!

  18. Terri says:

    Love this project! How tall are your letters? I may try this out this weekend.

  19. Terri says:

    Duh, just read through the directions.

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