How To Make A Vintage Truck Wood Sign From A Dollar Store Gift Bag
It’s true! The photo of the red vintage truck in the wooden sign is actually a gift bag from the dollar store and I’m going to show you how you can make one too. This can make a great DIY gift for the holidays or you can use it for your own holiday vintage farmhouse decor.
Vintage Truck Gift bag (If you can’t find the exact vintage truck gift back at your local Dollar store then I provided you a link. They come in a multi-pack but you can always use the other gift bags for the holidays)
Piece of wood to fit gift bag photo (pick up at Lowes, Home Depot or you may find the perfect size of reclaimed wood)
1″ x 2″ Trim
Brad Nails or Liquid Nails
Brad Nailer (if using brad nails)
Miter Saw (to cut trim to size)
Circular saw (to cut the wood to size)
STEP 1: Cut the sides off the bag and keep the white washed wood effect with photo
You can see that this gift bag has a white washed wood background effect. It’s the reason I chose this particular bag. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked if I painted it like that.
The bag has the photo on both sides of the bag. Cut the bag so you have the front and back side of bag (keep all the white washed wood effect) so that it fits your piece of wood. You will need to cut below the handles which takes about an inch off of the length. This bag measured 12 inches wide by 10 inches long. My piece of wood was 11 inches wide by 9 ” long. You get two signs for the price of one bag. How great is that?
The red stripes in photo above is the side of the bag. Cut along the folds for a straight line.
STEP 2: Size It
Lay your photo on the wood for sizing. There may be some of the paper that hangs over on the side. That’s ok. You will be framing the sides with the stain.
STEP 3: Mod Podge
Set up your mod podge station by pouring a little mod podge on a paper plate.
Dip your foam brush in the mod podge and brush all over the backside of the gift bag. Place the backside that you just mod podged onto the piece of wood. ( Since I was creating multiple vintage truck wood signs I used a 12 inch by 6 foot piece of wood that I placed the photos on vertically then cut the signs to size after they were dried.)
STEP 4: Make sure that there are no bubbles then apply more Mod Podge over photo. Let dry.
By using a flat sturdy edge of a plastic tool or credit card, slide device all over photo to make sure their are no bubbles. Make sure the edges are completely flat and adhering to the wood. If they are not, simply apply more mod podge around edges.
Next, apply more mod podge over the entire photo. This helps seal it and it will dry completely clear. I prefer to use the matte version of Mod Podge over the glossy but it is entirely a personal preference.
STEP 5: Stain the trim pieces and cut to size
For the stain, I used what I had on hand. I tend to stick with the “walnut” color for a lot of my staining. There are so many other beautiful hues so don’t be afraid to experiment. I learned that wearing gloves while staining not only saves your manicure but will save you a ton of time in clean up. Trust me, if this is your first time staining something, stain does not come off your skin as easily as some paints do.
When cutting your trim pieces, make sure that you cut two of the sides 1 inch longer so that you can frame the corners correctly.
STEP 6: Nail or liquid nails the trim to the wood
If you aren’t familiar with liquid nails, it is basically industrial strength glue. It bonds the heaviest materials together with exceptional holding power. If you have some on hand, it is the easiest to do. You can find liquid nails here on Amazon or any local hardware store near you.
If you are nailing the trim on, then 2-3 nails on each side will be plenty.
Tip: You can nail the trim so that it is flush with the front part of the sign like I did or you can position the trim in the middle of the wood so that you have more of a shadow box appearance in the front. I like it both ways. You can also position the trim so that it is flush with the backside of the sign. It gives the front part of the sign more depth but you will need to apply a saw tooth picture hanger hook on the back if you plan to hang it on a wall.
STEP 7: Find the perfect spot to hang or display your new vintage truck wood sign or gift it to your favorite person.
I couldn’t settle on where to find a home for this beauty so I’m sure it will get moved around from time to time…
from hanging on the wall…
to being displayed on a floating wood shelf.
It was fun to make and you can’t beat the price. I hope this adds happiness to your vintage Holiday decor.