Reclaimed Wood Sign – Hot Cocoa Served Here!

When the seasons change I like to make a new project for the front entrance of our home and since Christmas is here it was time for something new.

Today’s piece is a little different because some of the reclaimed wood is from a wooden table I purchased years ago.

After 10 years of wear it just kind of gave way.

So, I took it apart and began using the wood in new projects.  This sign is a keeper!

Supplies List and Getting Started

  • Reclaimed wood came from my wood pile.
  • Branch wood came from an old table.
  • Hot Cocoa Stencil From Funky Junk Old Sign Stencils .
  • Stencil brush, paint and ribbon – Come from any Craft store like Hobby Lobby or Michaels.
  • Screws and Craft Glue.

I used my chop saw to cut the wood according to the stencil measurements.

I had 2 of Funky Junk’s Stencils but decided to go with the Hot Cocoa option because it was a perfect fit for the season.

After playing around with the wood to figure out my plan I lightly spray painted the flat boards white.

With my drill and a few screws I applied the wood branches from the back side.  This connection needs to be secure because it will hold your sign together.

Stenciling and Ribbon

I’m still learning and improving with this stencil thing; believe I may have figured out where things were going wrong in the past.

Get my new and improved stencil tips here.

I love these stencils because they’re high quaility and they match my personality.

A few other details included a hanger that I hot glued and used a couple small screws to secure.

The rest of the ribbon was added using craft glue and just tying off in knots.  This was mainly incorporated to cover the flaws from the wood to present a nice clean finish.

I had a lot of fun putting this one together.  It’s definately an orginal but you  could also use tree branches to recreate something similar.

This is one project that would have been fun to make when we were doing our Make and Take Workshops.

Have you ever thought about teaching a workshop?  Well, I’ve written a how to book perfect for creators ready to turn their craft into a business.

Check it out and it guess what?  It also comes with a compatible workbook so it’s easy to move forward.


Hot Cocoa anyone?  My favorite additions to the perfect cup of hot cocoa are simple, always use milk for the base, add a little vanilla ice cream and frozen raspberries right before serving.  If you come to visit here, hot cocoa is on the menu.

Make your own Rustic Christmas Sign for the holidays using leftover materials.


If you liked this project you may also enjoy making these ideas too, Buffalo Check Wooden Tree and the Handmade Nativity Sign to match.

Make Rustic Signs for Christmas using reclaimed wood and fun stencils. Click here to learn more! #StencilSigns, #Christmassigns, #WoodSigns


  1. This is so pretty, Carole! I love the infusion of nature into this one. It really brings out the trees!

    1. Carole says:

      Thanks it was a fun one – I’m getting ready to dream up some new ideas for Christmas this year. Think I might be onto something but I need to check out your shop one more time before settling on an idea. I’m loving the mix and matching you can do, it’s so fun!

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