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Reversible Wood Holiday Sign

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Hey guys! Kari here from Rad + The Rest. This reversible wood holiday sign is so versatile and fun! I’m excited to share the tutorial with you today!

reversible wood holiday sign

Can you believe Halloween is over?! This year has gone by so fast! But, the end of the year is my favorite time of year! Holiday decor is the best, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas! 

This reversible wood holiday sign is perfect for both!

Reversible Wood Holiday Sign

Items Needed:

  • 2 pieces of wood or plank boards
  • wax paper
  • glue stick
  • printer and paper
  • sharpie or paint marker
  • wood glue
  • wreath + burlap bow (optional)


I bought my plank boards pre made from Hobby Lobby. You could make your own if you’d like. Or even just use a solid piece of wood if you prefer. 

reversible wood holiday sign

To get the lettering on the boards you’ll need to print your phrase onto wax paper then transfer it to the wood. To do this, first choose a phrase. I went with ‘Merry and Bright’ and ‘Give Thanks’ for mine. 

Type up your phrase on your computer and use your favorite editing software to flip or “mirror” the image. Basically, make it backwards. I use PicMonkey to edit mine. It’s super easy! 

Next, using your glue stick, glue a piece of wax paper directly onto a piece of printer paper. Make sure to trim the edges, so none is overlapping. Simply load it into your printer and print your phrase directly into the wax paper. Make sure not to touch it or the ink will smear. 

Now, lay the paper, ink side down onto your piece of wood. Make sure it’s centered and exactly where you want it because once it’s down, it can’t be moved. Hold the paper in place and press all over the back of the paper. I like to use the side of a credit card to scrape all along the back. This will transfer the ink from the wax paper onto your board.

reversible wood holiday sign

If you’re using a smooth piece of wood, you might get great crisp lines that don’t need painted over. My boards are pretty rough so I had to go over the words with a black sharpie marker. If you want a different color besides black you can use a paint marker. You can even use colored ink and it transfers great using this same technique. 

To finish it off I simply added a nail to the to so that I could hang a wreath or burlap bow. 

Reversible wood holiday sign

To make it reversible, I made two signs and glued them together using wood glue.

Reversible wood holiday sign

I love how it turned out and it was so easy to make! I plan on using this wax paper technique on so many more projects! 



Kari | Rad + the Rest

I'm Kari. Saw wielding, usually covered in paint, wife of a hard-working, bearded ginger and mother of 4 (2 human, 2 canine). I’m impulsive. I’m messy. I’m unorganized and I’m horrible with time management. But… I’m creative. That’s my excuse. I have a deep-seated need to create things. I always have. Also, I like to party.


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