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Welcome Spring

If you are anything like me, the warmer weather makes me want to enhance my curb appeal. “Welcome spring and color!” An expensive way to make your front porch pop is by adding an outdoor sign. The fun part about this craft is being able to make it your own. The color combinations are limitless. Add a potted flower or two, a wreath on your door and you are all set for the colorful season!


1 – 1 x 12 x 8 piece of lumber from a big box hardware store
Stain  – the choices are endless
Paint – Endless opportunities as well
Stencil letters
Hammer (optional)


  • Before staining the wood, take out your aggression of the day with a hammer or screwdriver. This will create a distressed look! Of course, this isn’t necessary to create a beautiful piece of artwork for your front porch.
  • Stain or paint the wood to your liking. There is no right or wrong way!
  • After the stain is completely dry, adhere the stencils to the wood with painter’s tape.

**You can use stencils or a Silhouette machine to make the letters for the word “WELCOME”. Since the board is 12”, I have found the best size for the letters to be as follows; the “W” and “M” should be 10″ wide and the remaining letters 7″ wide.  This allows for a border on either side of the widest letters.  The height of all of the letters is 8.5”. You could make the letters taller to take up the whole board, but I wanted to keep some space at the top for a bow.  I also kept some space at the bottom to add a flower pot without covering up any of the letters.

  • Once the letters are affixed, paint them a complimentary color. Your choices are endless.
  • Once the letters are completely dry, remove the stencils and tape. Apply a coat of wax to protect the sign from the outdoor elements.
  • Make a bow or place a premade bow from a craft store to the top of the board with hot glue.



Voila! Your home is inviting and ready for spring!


About Heather Addis

Heather joined the Family and MWR Marketing team in 2009. As the Marketing Director, she dabbles in all things marketing - from campaigns to media purchasing to research and development. Heather is enjoying having a retired husband after 17 years of Army life, is a mother of five (one human and four dogs!) and is a pop culture junkie.

"I have the best job in the world. I get to do what I love while giving back to our men and women in uniform. I could not imagine having a job that did not allow me to have daily interaction with our Service Members. Being married to a retired Soldier, I am able to understand the hardships our military face and strive to help create programs and events to make their time at Fort Gordon memorable."

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