You are my Sunshine Wood Sign

girl vintage wood signs

Last week, I showed you some pictures of a baby shower/girl’s night that I threw with DIY on the Cheap.  Since that post, I have gotten several comments and questions about the two little vintage wood signs displayed on the food table.

I made those as shower decorations, but they also acted as part of Dana’s shower present.  Today, I thought I would show you how you can make them, so you can make them too.  They were such a cheap way to add a unique touch to our decor and personal touch to her gift.

I started by finding two scrap pieces of wood and giving them each a good sanding.  I then printed off the words I wanted in fun fonts at sizes I thought that would fit best.

DIY You are my Sunshine Sign

The heart block was easy.  I just painted a simple heart on it.  The “you are my sunshine” was a little harder.  I cut out the letters of “you” and “sunshine” and traced the letters on to my sign.  It was a way of making my own stencil.  Once I had them in pencil on my piece of wood, I painted them in, and eye-balled the “are my” font and tried to copy it the best I could in paint on my sign as well.

My spacing did not come out perfectly, but I think the quirkiness of the design (and over lap of words) adds to its unique charm.

painting a wood sign

I then gave the wording a good sanding to take away the “raised paint” (as you can see above in the word “sunshine”) and create a more vintage look.

Sanding a wood sign

I then stained the two pieces.  Please read my DIY Stick Heart Wall Art post for more details on how to stain.

staining wood sign

DIY wood sign

baby girl vintage shower decor

I think they came out so cute.  I almost wanted to keep them.  They looked so cute on the food table, and I know Dana was excited about getting them!

baby shower food table

The beauty of this sign technique is you could personalize it with any quote, word, or shape you want!  I think it would be really cute for name signs in a bedroom too.  I hope you will try this technique, and please let me know if you have any questions!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Things have gotten crazy busy since my Falling into a Hole post around here.  I want to thank you again for all the out pour of love and encouragement to my post on where I am at emotionally.  I’m working on an update post, and I hope to get that to you all this week.  Thank you for walking this life with me!



  1. So cute… no wonder she loved them! :-)
    xo Heidi

  2. I love it! I had a friend that used to always call me and sing this when she knew I was having a bad day. May have to make one and send it to her

  3. Love, love, love this idea. It’s super cute! I was looking for something unique that I could make to place on the shelf in my baby girl’s room. Thanks for the idea ;)
    It was awesome meeting you today. I’m sure I’ll be seeing you at future events :)


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