DIY Hand Painted Stall Signs


Custom, hand painted stall signs look great on a horse’s stall. This tutorial shows you step-by-step how you might go about hand painting a stall sign for your horse. This is project is simple and easy enough for a group of pony clubbers. Total spent on this project = $0.00. You should be able to scrounge up most of the materials. I had everything on hand!


  • Reclaimed Wood Plank
  • Paint (I used “mismatch” paint from the hardware store at $0.50 per container)
  • Foam brush
  • Thin paintbrush for lettering
  • Polycrylic or Polyurethane for waterproofing
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Printed horse name

Step 1: Assemble supplies


Step 2: Apply a thin coat of paint to the face and edges of the board. For a rustic feel allow some of the woods natural color to show through. Allow to dry. On a sunny day with a thin application of paint this took only a couple of minutes for me.IMG_1630IMG_1633

Step 3: Print horse’s name on a piece of paper in your desired font. For longer names, more than one piece of paper may be required.


Step 4: Position paper on your board and trace letters with a ballpoint pen. This will emboss the wood. Tip: Using a blue pen makes it easier to see where you have been and where you still need to trace.


Step 5: Use your thinner paintbrush to fill in the letters of your horse’s name with contrasting paint. You may need to freehand parts that weren’t embossed properly…or you can even freehand the whole thing if you like!


Step 6: Embellish as desired. Use your imagination here. My imagination isn’t that great so I filled in the embellishments from the font. You could do outlines, glitter, shapes, etc.


Step 7: Apply your water proofing product to all sides of the wood and allow to dry. Use atleast 2 coats.

Step 8: Hang or fasten to your horse’s stall and repeat to make one for a friend!

Notes: It’s OK to make a mistake. Don’t be overcritical of your painting. This is a hand lettered project with a rustic feel. It’s OK if it is not perfect. If you do make a mistake you absolutely must fix, sand the paint away and try again. If you really mess up one side, or if you just want to see if you can do it better, let the paint dry and try again on the back. Decide which you like best and paint the opposite side a solid color!


  1. What is the font you used on the sign?

    1. Hi Rachel. I’m not sure what font we used for this one but has GREAT fonts and you can preview them with your text before you install!

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