Life is Beauty Full Wood Sign

Over the weekend, I completed an inspirational wood craft sign for Lily. It included a few of my favorite things – tools, paint, glue, the Silhouette machine and scrap paper.


Recently my husband was inspired to create a list of things he wanted to live by. He printed a list of items and posted it everywhere to remind him {including the dashboard of my car}. His list reminds me that I need to stop and embrace the present. I need to be more patient with the kiddos, I need to let the ones I love know how much they mean to me, I need to get some fresh air and exercise, I need to appreciate what I have today instead of holding out for what I think would make it better and I need to teach my children to do the same! The long story leads me to the project I share today. I’ve been working on ways to incorporate inspirational art that can motivate and inspire our children.

Lily is our creative angel. She is my inspiration. She is so spirited, colorful, pure and kind. She is a little sponge that absorbs her surroundings. Like most toddlers she is always on the go, but she takes the time to to see the beauty – to pick a pretty flower, to help someone in need, to give a tender hug, to blow us a kiss or flash us a radiant smile. When I came across a “Life is Beauty Full” sign online, I knew it was perfect for Lily! Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the original source so I decided to recreate it!


To make the sign, you need a plank of wood, a saw, stain, scrap paper, glue (I used carpenter’s glue and mod podge), nails, hammer, paint, paint brush, a stencil (although you can free hand the letters), polyurethane and a sawtooth picture hanger.

1. First, I had Lowes cut a 1 x 3 piece of the wood into four 12 inch blocks for me (it was $0.25 a cut).

2. Stain the wood

3. Using the Carpenter’s glue, I glued the wood pieces together and then hammered them into a scrap piece of wood for extra stabilization Glue Planks

DSC_0658 DSC_0718-001 4. Next I positioned scrap paper along the 3rd board in a random-ish pattern.Once I got it where I wanted it to be, I glued the scrap paper to the wood using Modge Podge.  scrap paper

DSC_0712-001 5. I cut the letters using my Silhouette and contact paper. I used 200pt Arial font.

6. I peeled the back to adhere the stencil letters to the wood planks. Be sure the stain is dry to ensure the vinyl letters stick (at least temporarily).

7. Using a foam brush, I painted the words on to the wood boards.

DSC_0711-001 DSC_0716-001 8. Once complete, seal the wood with polyurethane.

Life is Beauty Full

9. Add a sawtooth picture hanger or other picture hanging hardware.

A change I would recommend is don’t use scrap paper the same color of your paint. The blue on blue in my wood sign makes the “U” a little difficult to see.

The “Life is Beauty Full” inspirational wood sign reminds us that life is filled with beauty – we just need to take the time to appreciate it!

Linking to: Savvy Southern Style, Between Naps on the PorchTipJunkieHomestories AtoZThe Frugal GirlsDesign, Dining and Diapers,Tatertots and JelloSerenity NowThe Shabby Creek Cottage,


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  1. Sue Deege says:

    I love it!! What a nice Memento to pass down through the years. Walt your added comments are beautiful….hugs to all..Sue

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