DIY Sibling Sign {a Pottery Barn knock-off AND free Silhouette Cut}

Because I obviously have nothing going on, I’ve decided to spruce up and redecorate a few rooms at the same time. Which basically means that none of them will be done. Or by the time I’m finished I will be ready to re-decorate it again. But, for now, I’m excited to share another project! My dad’s new wife sent me a picture of these cute Sibling Plaques from Pottery Barn Kids. However, $59 per sign is not cute. So I decided to do my own little project. And, if you have a Silhouette, you’re in luck- I have a free cut file for you!

Sister Sibling Sign from It Happens in a Blink

Sister Sibling Sign from It Happens in a Blink

Begin with some sort of flat wood. I snagged a free quarter pallet from a local hardware store. I undid the wood and combined it into a piece of wood with no spaces in between. I then sanded (well, the hubby sanded) and primed the wood. Here is what I started with and what it came to be after the first coat of primer:

Sibling Sign Pallet

Sibling Sign Primer

Next, I added a darker pink coat of paint.

Sibling Sign Paint

Lastly, I added a final matte coat of white paint.

Sibling Sign Final Coat

Now I distressed the wood by sanding the top coat down a bit. There is no known formula for this- I just sanded until I got the desired look. I have to say, I wish that I had gone with a different color than the pink. After adding the pink words, I noticed that the dark pink took away from the light pink words. Well, live and learn. I’ll change it for the ‘brother’ sign.

Sibling Sign Distressed

Finally, add the words! I used my Silhouette to cut the vinyl words. I just applied them to the sign with transfer tape, but any method to get the words on the sign works. Do you have a Silhouette? Then I have a free cut file for you! Simple click and download. This cut file is designed for a 12×24 length. My piece of wood is just slightly larger.

Sister Silhouette Screen Shot from it Happens in a Blink

Sister Sibling Sign from It Happens in a Blink

Since the vinyl I used was not permanent vinyl, I covered the sign with Antique Matte Mod Podge. I liked the look of it, anyway.

So pretty! Like I said, next time I’ll change the dark color under the outer white, but I’m happy with the overall look. And, best thing, it was practically free! I had all the other materials on hand, so I had nothing to buy. :)





  1. says

    This is lovely. It gives me so many ideas for making gifts and decor for my home. I also know I want to do more research on Silhouette, because I think I want one!

  2. Audrey says

    Love the project! Did you use “soft pink”, “bubble gum pink”, or “carnation pink” color vinyl for this? Trying to decide between the colors!


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