Welcome Post TutorialMy husband, Joe and I bought a house last fall, and we are constantly working on projects here and there to decorate our new place.  I’ve always wanted a more welcoming entrance, which is why I’m always making some door decoration or another.  I decided it was time to expand beyond the door decoration, to this cute front door welcome post to hang seasonal signs!

Materials Needed: 

  • 4 x 4 (I got an 8 foot piece, so that it could make 3 posts)
  • 1 x 4 (I got an 8 foot piece as well, so that it could make 8 signs)
  • 1 x 6 (this is used to create the base and top of the post)
  • Oil rubbed bronze hook
  • Black spray paint
  • Off white spray paint
  • Screws
  • “Welcome” stencil
  • Foam paint brush
  • Outdoor black acrylic paint
  • Wire to hang the sign
  • Tools – drill & saw

 

1. Cut out the pieces for the welcome post

 

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As I mentioned in the materials list, I bought enough to make several posts.  Here I’ll let you know what you will need for just one post.  For the 4×4, I made it 32″ tall.  This can definitely be suited to your preference, but it was the height that I thought looked good at my front door.

This project definitely needs some serious power tools (ie. a table saw).  I supposed you could use a circular saw or something more portable, but the table saw was nice for cutting the squares.  I had my dad do the cutting on the table saw. 🙂  Each post has 4 squares for the base and the top of the post.  2 are 5.5″ x 5.5″, and 2 are 4.5″ x 4.5″.

The sign itself was made out of the 1″ x 4″ and I made it 12″ long.  I bought a 8 foot board, as I plan to make signs for every season (yes, that means more tutorials to come!! 🙂 ).

 

2.  Attach the squares on the top and bottom with a couple of screws

Here is a close up of the base of the post with the squares attached.  The base and the top of the post are identical.

 

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IMG_36063. Paint the welcome post and sign

 

I just used spray paint to paint the sign and the post.  I used Krylon Paint + Primer to make sure that it will be able to withstand the oh so variable Minnesota weather.

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4.  Attach the hook to the welcome post

 

5.  Make the sign – this is where you can get creative!!

I used my Cricut to make the “Welcome” stencil with cardstock.  I took a sponge paintbrush and “dobbed” the black welcome on the off white sign.  I drilled 2 holes near the top left and right corners of the sign and attached the wire to hang the sign.

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I just LOVE this welcome post project.  I love decorating for holidays, and this will allow me to have many different signs for the seasons of the year…I think it’s time to start thinking about fall and Halloween signs!  Stay tuned!!

 

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