How To Make Reclaimed Wood Signs From Scraps

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I’m always looking to create home decor on a budget and when I have left-overs from furniture projects, it becomes a challenge to use up all the scraps I have laying around. Today I’m sharing with you how to create reclaimed wood signs from vintage frames.

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Reclaimed Wood Signs

I love using left-over mirror frames from old dressers to create reclaimed wood signs. Let's get started!


Supplies list for this project.

I painted the frame before inserting the reclaimed wood so that I would have a clean finished look. Paint 2 coats of your favorite color on your frame or you can just leave it wood. I like the painted look.

Cutting The Reclaimed Wood To Fit Inside The Frame

Using reclaimed wood, I stabilized the wood with 2 boards for my sign. By laying the wood flat and securing them with two other pieces of wood, I created a pallet. This was done to keep the boards in alignment and secure. The next step is the cutout!

Creating A Template For The Reclaimed Wood

I used a pencil to draw an outline of the mirror to guide me in cutting out the pattern of the reclaimed wood.

The plan was to create a wood backing inside the frame to create a sign or in this case, a place to hang my decorative wreaths. The trick here is to get the perfect cuts of the reclaimed wood that will lay inside the frame where the glass/mirror had set. By laying the frame on top of the boards, I was able to mark the inset area with a pencil from the underside of the frame. This method will also work on a square frame.

Cutting Your Reclaimed Wood

Once you have marked the template for the reclaimed wood, use a Jigsaw to cut the pattern out and cut just a bit smaller than your template. Most frames have about a 1/8 inch inset, but that can vary depending on the size. This method works best with large frames. You want the boards to be as snug in the frame as you can get them. I had a few boards I used an electric sander on to smooth the edges for the perfect fit.

Cutting A Backer Board For The Sign | Wall Decor

I used 1/8 plywood for the backer to hold the reclaimed wood in the frame of the mirror. A backer board will be needed to secure the reclaimed wood inside the frame once they are in place. A thin piece of plywood works well for this, but you can even use old paneling, beadboard, etc. Anything thin that can be nailed in place.  Cut out a template using the frame for best results. Again, I cut it a bit smaller than the template I created, because I didn’t want it to overhang and show from the sides once it was hung on the wall.

Attaching The Back Board To The Frame

The backing was secured with staples to hold the reclaimed wood in place on the mirror frame. You can attach the backer board with screws, nails or in my case, I used my Pneumatic Staple Gun. It made for a quick and easy project. The reclaimed wood will be secure for a long time. Maybe forever!

Stapling the wood backing to the frame made with reclaimed wood.

Adding A Wall Hanger

After the backing was applied to the reclaimed wood sign, I used eye screws and wire to create the hanger. The hanger was created with 2 eye rings and heavy-duty wire because of the weight. It’s not super heavy but it does need more than a standard picture hanger. Using this method, the frame can easily be adjusted on the wall.

Reclaimed wood and a frame from an old mirror is all you need to create a beautiful home decor sign or use it as a place to hang your favorite wreath.


Using reclaimed wood to create this beautiful wall hanging was genius! What a great way to repurpose and create beautiful reclaimed wood signs for any home. Want to see another example of repurposing reclaimed wood? CLICK HERE to see a mirror harp that flipped into a wall hanging. It’s super cute too! Thanks for joining me today. Be blessed.

Until the next project… xo, Do



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