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!)
  • Rags
  • 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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  1. amindfultravellerblog

    August 5, 2017 at 10:10 am

    That’s so cool Laura. 🙂

    1. Laura Cameron

      August 5, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks you 🙂

    2. da-AL

      August 5, 2017 at 6:15 pm

      totally agree, amindfultravellerblog – thanks, Laura, for visiting my blog – am much enjoying your lovely site 🙂

      1. Laura Cameron

        August 5, 2017 at 8:32 pm

        Thank you!!! Glad you like it so far 🙂

  2. Hannah (BitterSweet)

    August 6, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    What a lovely idea! My sister is in the middle of planning her wedding now, so I’ll have to send this along to her. 🙂

    1. Laura Cameron

      August 6, 2017 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you! I would love to know if she ends up doing something like this 🙂

  3. diyingmachine

    August 7, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    This is such a neat idea 🙂

    1. Laura Cameron

      August 7, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      Thank you! I don’t think my husband would have appreciated it too much if I spent $200 for one on Etsy 🙂

  4. Shawna

    August 8, 2017 at 12:02 am

    This is such a cute idea. I love it.

    1. Laura Cameron

      August 8, 2017 at 7:22 am

      Thank you so much Shawna! It was so easy and cheap 🙂 most people could probably make it entirely out of scrapes from their garage too!

  5. Jescole

    August 14, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    It’s so much more fun to create something yourself than purchase it especially when you know it’s going to be so sentimental!

    1. Laura Cameron

      August 14, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      Exactly! And saving the money doesn’t hurt. At the end of the day, I simply love building things with my own hands. I appreciate and embrace the imperfections that come with building something by hand.

  6. Offrs

    August 14, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    amazing book! Great job! Enjoy weekend.

  7. ihaveabadsenseofhumor

    August 18, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    This is such a creative and good idea! It looks great, and I like how it’s a bit different from what people usually do. I hope the wedding was awesome😊

    1. Laura Cameron

      August 18, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      It was absolutely beautiful 🙂 went by too fast and now almost 2 years later it is a blur that I barely remember!

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