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How to Make a Vintage Rustic Sleigh Ride Sign | Pretty Handy Girl How cool! You can use this technique to make or transfer any sign graphic.

How to Make a Vintage Rustic Sleigh Ride Sign:

You guys, I’m super excited about this Vintage Rustic Sleigh Ride Sign I made using scraps from my workshop. This sign turned out 200 times better than I imagined in my head. I knew I had to share the tutorial with you so you can make your own vintage signs for any holiday! Let’s get this party started.


First I suggest measuring the space where you want to hang your sign (it would suck to build it too large or too small.) Begin laying out your scrap wood. It’s best to line up the same width boards along each row. If you need to, you can rip down scraps on a table saw.


Once you have the scraps laid out, add any stain or paint if you desire. I added a combination of glaze, stain and burned some boards to give them a similar color value but still let them look unique.



The key to building a sign with lots of scrap wood is to space your supports well. Each board should have two vertical support pieces on the back, unless the board is really short. You might be able to get away with just one support for those shorties.

Cut 1″ x 4″ boards to the height of your sign. Flip the scraps over and glue each support board.


Nail each support board 3-4 times to each scrap.


I ended up using 5 supports for my sign.


Allow the glue to dry. Flip your sign over and make sure the scrap boards are well secured.


Transferring the Image:

Now it’s time to have some fun. I made a shoebox projector by following the directions in this video:

I created a basic sketch for the sign. (You are welcome to use this image, but please use for personal use only. Do not resell products with this image on it. And please be sure to credit and link back to this post if you use my image and blog about it.)

How to Make a Vintage Rustic Sleigh Ride Sign | Pretty Handy Girl How cool! You can use this technique to make or transfer any sign graphic.

For your convenience, this image has already been flipped and reversed for projecting it in the shoebox projector.How to Make a Vintage Rustic Sleigh Ride Sign | Pretty Handy Girl How cool! You can use this technique to make or transfer any sign graphic.

Send the image to your phone. Insert the phone into the shoebox. (The brightness has to be turned all the way up and you might want to change the display setting to stay lit longer.) Turn the lights out. Move the shoe box back and forth until you have the image sized as large as you want. Then move your phone forward and back to focus.


I will say that my image isn’t as clear as I expected, but my magnifying glass is old and scratched up. However, it gave me enough information to trace my image. Use chalk to trace around the design.


Painting Your Sign:

Now you’re ready to paint your sign. It’s not hard at all, think of it like coloring in the lines of a coloring book. Here’s my video tutorial to help you learn all my tips and tricks while painting signs:

All done? Great! Hang your “new” Vintage Rustic Sleigh Ride Sign with pride.

Holiday Home Tour 2016 | Pretty Handy Girl

I won’t let on that you just made it. Let’s let everyone think we scored this fun sleigh ride sign at an antique shop. 😉

Holiday Home Tour 2016 | Pretty Handy Girl

Holiday Home Tour 2016 | Pretty Handy Girl

Where are you going to hang your vintage rustic sign? I think I’m going to make another one for our kitchen. Maybe a market sign with a pig silhouette?

Holiday Home Tour 2016 | Pretty Handy Girl

Hope you are enjoying the holidays!



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6 replies
  1. Constance Colvin
    Constance Colvin says:

    Britanny! Your blog is always so interesting and inspiring! I’m always struck by how well you must manage your time because you get SO MANY projects done! And with young kids, too! I’ve gotta hand it to you! I’ve followed your blog for about a year now but haven’t yet told you how much I like it 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and your lucky family 🙂 P.S. There’s another blog that I read occasionally and she and her husband have recently relocated to NC. In her last post she mentioned that in her new neighborhood there’s a tradition that the whole neighborhood hangs light balls in their trees and that they had joined in. I said to myself whoa! You two might be neighbors!

  2. Kimberly Bruhn
    Kimberly Bruhn says:

    cutest sign ever! I caught our usual holiday crud (ugh) so I won’t be able to get this baby done for this Christmas but I’ll get it ready for next year! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  3. Betty Whatley
    Betty Whatley says:

    I didn’t trace it, because I didn’t think I could do it. But I wanted you to know that is the cutest one that I have seen anywhere. Next year make some and I will buy one from you. Great job as always.


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