DIY Rustic Wedding Guest Book
Prior to getting married (or getting engaged for that matter!) my Pinterest account was almost entirely dedicated to wedding ideas. So when it came time to actually get married, I was well prepared! I knew I didn’t want to go the traditional route and have a guest book. It was just another thing that would collect dust in my home, and I could pretty much guarantee that I would never look at it.
Instead, I wanted some sort of board that our guests could sign, and include personal messages on. I began scanning the internet for custom boards that we could use. I learned pretty quickly that these will cost you over $100 easily. In our case, even more since we had 200+ guests. More guests=more space needed. So buying online was no longer an option.
My only option was to create one of my own. This was a quick project and it cost me less than $10!
Wooden Guest Book Board Tutorial
- Six solid wood 2×4 boards cut to same length (Tip: HD or Lowes can do this for you if you don’t have a saw)
- Two solid wood 2×4 boards cut to 22″ (Or slightly smaller than total height)
- 12- 3″ Screws
- Small can of stain (Tip: Check your garage before heading out to the store!)
- Drop Cloth
- White Paint
- Optional: Scotch Tape and/or Stencil
Step 1: Setup workstation. I highly suggest using a drop cloth to avoid getting stain everywhere!
Step 2: Lay the six boards face down, and line them up evenly in the order that you like best. Then place the two support pieces perpendicular to them and 3″ from the end on each side.
Step 3: Using screws, drill the support pieces into each of the wood boards. As shown below. Note: I forgot to take a picture before I stained it 🙂
Step 4: Stain (Wait for it to dry before moving on to step 4)
- Using a rag (I prefer old white t-shirts) rub stain onto the wood.
- Be sure not to put too much on, as it will clump or sink through the cracks.
- Repeat this step to achieve a darker appearance.
Step 5: Using tape, create your initials. Make sure the tape is pressed onto the board to avoid paint seeping under it, and paint a large heart around it. (I did this freehand, and left the initials as negative space, but you could always use a stencil!)
Step 6: Enjoy your new board! I highly suggest heading to your local craft store and buying a few different paint markers to see which works best with your stain.
Have you completed a similar project for your guest book? If so, I would love to hear from you!
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