Holly’s “Welcome Anything” Sign featuring ten23 Designs

by Holly LL on December 28, 2011

I have had this sweet welcome sign in vinyl from ten23 Designs for awhile. I have had many, many plans for it. First it was going on my front door…then the playhouse door…then a board with hooks by the front door…and finally it found a home.

At first I thought just a sweet, simple “Welcome” sign would be a nice addition to my front gate or my porch…but then I was inspired to change it up a bit, as we were getting ready to Welcome a lot of different people and things.

I decided to add a chalkboard “label” to my sign to personalize it with the guest or season we are welcoming.


  • Vinyl “Welcome” from ten23 Designs, Olive
  • DecoArt chalkboard paint, black
  • Purdy Paint Brush (I have an old one I reserve for crafty-type endeavors) or foam brush, Rockler
  • Sanding bug, Rockler
  • Board, 10 ” x 24″ (I used something I already had)
  • Paint – I used a quart of white paint I had on hand. You could use acrylic paint, spray paint, or something you already have.
  • I am not hanging mine…at the moment, but am adding a DISChanger just in case!
  • Old store or credit card (to affix the vinyl)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil


I ended up not using the knobs pictured here

1. Clean board (mine had been sitting outside for a long while).

2. Sand rough patches if necessary. Rough patches can just add character, but if you don’t want that much character, sand away!

3. With the foam brush, paint the sign in long even strokes vertically and even on the sides (I hit my sides with paint but not heavy). Apply about 2 coats, let dry between coats.


4. After thoroughly drying, “dry position” (lay it on there w/o removing the back) “Welcome” vinyl on the board so you can see how it all fits. Make some small marks to show where you can paint your chalkboard label.

5. Paint label. I did not tape mine off or measure I just used the marks to show how wide and long I wanted it. The point was to make it look like I just swiped some chalkboard paint on it…which is what I did. Let dry for 48 hours.


6. Use the Sanding Bug and sand a over the board. Hit the edges and corners harder. I even sanded the edges of the chalkboard label. 

7. Once dry, apply the vinyl - confirm the position you desire, remove the backing, line up and press down. Use a store card or a credit card to smooth the vinyl down. Once you have completely gone over the vinyl and it is adhered, remove the film covering the front…and you are almost done!

confirm placement

peel off backing

smooth out and apply to board

8. Apply the DISChanger to the back.
9. After the chalkboard paint is cured, rub chalk all over and then then sign is ready to display.

Here is how we are using the sign…

First up….

“Welcome Grandma and Grandpa”


“Welcome Santa”


“Welcome 2012″

So this was a super easy and fun project anyone can do!

What are you ready to welcome!?



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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Cheri December 28, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Super cute Holly. I love your Welcome Anything sign.


barbara Jean December 28, 2011 at 5:49 pm

great idea. and thanks for how to’s

barbara jean

Alisha December 30, 2011 at 8:46 am

I love your welcome signs. May I use your “Welcome 2012′ sign pic on my facebook page? I wanted to get your permission first and I will post your website address with the pic.
Let me know.

Trisha December 30, 2011 at 10:33 pm

I would love one of these, but do not have the time or craftiness to make one! Would you make and sell!??

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