Have you been thinking about decorating your horses stall? Do you want a customized stall sign but need it on a budget? This tutorial is for you!
Custom stall signs are typically painted or engraved. Painted stall signs are easy enough but in this tutorial I am going to show you how to make a DIY stall sign out of gorgeous scrapbook paper. The whole stall sign can be made for under $10 in most cases depending on what supplies you have on hand.
Customized Stall Sign Tutorial:
- Sign Blank – $2.99 at Michaels
- Craft Paint & Foam Paint Brush <$1.00 each
- Scrapbook Paper – $0.17 each sheet (x3)
- Outdoor ModPodge – $7.79 (on sale for a 16oz Bottle)…this will do LOTS
- Scissors – Any scissors will do!
- Silhouette SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-3-4T Wireless Cutting Machine – AutoBlade – Dual Carriage – Studio Software
– Totally optional, do you have any friends with one?
Apply a coat of paint to the face and edges of the sign blank and allow to dry. Sand any rough edges.
Use your scrapbook paper to emboss the outline of the sign face onto the piece of scrapbook paper you intend to use as your background. Using a lead pencil, lightly rub the paper to define the edge lines where you should make your cuts.
Cut out the background image and apply to stall sign using ModPodge and foam brush. Allow to dry.
Determine font and style for your horses name for the front of the image. If using a scrapbook paper, trace and then cut out horse’s name. In my example, I used a silhouette cutter to print the horse’s name.
Because my background did not stand out well, I used my silhouette to cut out an additional strip to accent the horses name.
Adhere all pieces to the sign blank with Outdoor modpodge.
Apply at least 3 coats of Modpodge before hanging on horses stall!
How to Hang Your Custom Stall Sign
Barn / Box Stalls
Mounting will really depend on what type of stall your horse lives in. If he lives in a box stall, use a picture hanger or two on the back of the sign. Then you can hang in on a couple of screws. The best solution I have found for box stalls, though, is using command strip velcro. That way you don’t damage the wood and, if your horses switch stalls often, it is easy to swap out the stall plates to match.
On pipe stalls, using something like two small eye hooks will allow you to attach the stall sign with a piece of rope or twine. Add a small snap to one side to make it easy to move if your horse changes stalls!