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Wedding: DIY wood "guestbook"

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I was never really that girl who grew up dreaming of her wedding day. I didn't know what color bridesmaid dresses I wanted by age 10 or fantasize about the type of bouquet I would carry. So when it came time to actually sit down and plan out the deets, I was pretty clueless!

I knew I wanted to incorporate lots of elements from nature, like wood and flowers, and I knew I wanted to DIY some projects. After that, things slowly but surely fell into place.

Getting on Pinterest when you first start planning a wedding is out of control. There are literally zillions, cuz that's a number right?, and zillions of pins related to weddings. It's overwhelming and amazing all at the same time.

I think I started with like 8 projects I wanted to DIY for the big day and when it was all said and done I only did or used maybe half that. Take it from me, less is more my friends. Because even if you're the chillest bride on the planet, shit gets cray. Especially if you have two rugrats to watch while you decorate. Woof! Not my best idea!!! Babysitters, stat!!!!!

I definitely took a moment while setting up to think to myself, so this is why people marry before children.......

But I digress.

Lets talk about one super easy DIY you can do and actually treasure for years after the vows and first dance and cake and sweaty band/guests/dancers/everyone are all said and done! It was 1,000 degrees at our wedding but again, I digress....

Guestbooks, in my mind, are this sorta outdated and boring way of making people sign this crummy old book so you can look back when you're old and grey and remind yourself of who actually came to your special day because you're too old to remember what you ate for breakfast. If you even kept that book all those years later. Instead of going that route, we decided to make something that was a little more fun for people to sign and that was also pretty enough that we could display it in our home.


For this DIY wood "guestbook" sign you will need...

1 piece of plywood (or any smooth piece of wood) cut to the size of your preference
wood stain, I used Rust-Oleum Golden Mahogany
small towels for staining wood
rubber gloves
wood sealer
pencil
white paint pens, I found water-based worked best
acrylic paint, optional


When it comes to buying wood, always check the scrap wood at your local Home Depot, Lowes or other home improvement stores because it is so much cheaper than buying something engineered at certain sizes. Most of the people working there are happy to cut it to the size you need as well!

First, you'll need to stain the board. I stained all sides since it was going to be visible from all angles at the wedding. If you've never done it before, staining is super easy and one of my favorite things to do but it's really messy! If you don't use rubber gloves on your hands, vegetable oil works really well at getting stain off of skin.

Once the stain has dried, use a pencil to write in your names or whatever other messages you'd like! I tried to keep ours similar to fonts we used on our invitations and other paper favors at the wedding but the sky is the limit. You do you.

I used a paint pen to outline our names and then went over it with white acrylic paint to really make it pop. 


We displayed the sign with a little note telling everyone to sign the board and left a bunch of paint pens out. Once everything settled down, I was finally able to read all the sweet notes a few days after the wedding and it was so fun to relive it all again!



Once everyone has signed and the party is all over, you can seal the board with a wood sealer to keep it safe from water damage and years of wear and tear.

We now have the board displayed in our office/playroom and I definitely forsee it hanging on the walls of our future bar :) I love that I can read the messages and be transported back to such a magical, love-filled day. This project was simple and only took about 45 minutes to complete (without the drying time) and it's so meaningful! Even if you have no plans for a guestbook days before the big day, you can whip this together in no time. Which is pretty much what happened for us. Yay for extra plywood!

I hope this inspires you to stain some wood and make super cool guestbooks for your wedding because, why not?

Virtually cheersing this Sauvignon Blanc (bottle) to you my friends!

29 comments:

  1. Hi Lauren, could you please tell me what font you used on your sign? Thank you!

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    1. Hi Malea! I hand drew these myself so there is no specific font. I just did a basic cursive with thicker strokes on the down stroke. Let me know if you have any other questions!

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    2. Not related to this post but what size did you do for how many people of the guest "book" ?

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    3. What size did you us for how many guests for the guest "book"?

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    4. Hi Rebekka, We had about 180 people and our board was 2 feet x 2 feet. Hope this helps!

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  2. Hiya, can I ask where you got the stands? Especially the bigger one! We are essentially doing this for our guestbook but in the shape of a surfboard and need a stand to display it sideways! Your writing and stain is so pretty, I'm definitely going to aim for something similar.
    Thanks.

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    1. Hi Olivia! I want to say I got them at either Home Goods or Michaels. They are iron stands so they can hold a good amount of weight. Hobby Lobby would be another good place to look if those are local to you! Good luck to you and a surfboard sounds so freakin' cool!

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  3. Hello great idea. I am planning on making a sign for my brother in laws wedding. I wanted to ask which wood sealer you used for your guest book sign?

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    1. Hi Maria! Awesome! I used this Crystal Clear Acrylic Spray to seal mine but many other wood sealers will do the job!

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  4. Hi! Where did you get your paint pens and what brand are they? How quickly did the messages dry?

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    1. Hi Leah! The pens are linked in the post above so you can buy the same kind I used. They are Sharpie brand from Amazon and they dry very quickly! We didn't have any smears.

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  5. Hi! Where did you get your paint pens and what brand are they? How quickly did the messages dry?

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  6. This is adorable! I have been looking for something more original and that can serve as a duel purpose. Do you mind me asking how for the dimensions? We are having roughly 300 people and I just want to make sure it is big enough.

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    1. Hello! Thanks so much, I'm glad you like the idea! Our board is about 2'x2' and we had about 180 people. Hope this helps!

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  7. This is adorable! I have been looking for something more original and that can serve as a duel purpose. Do you mind me asking how for the dimensions? We are having roughly 300 people and I just want to make sure it is big enough.

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  8. Did you use the extra fine tip paint markers?

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    1. I did! I linked to the exact markers I used in the post above if you'd like to see :)

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  9. Would this work for a raw wood as well.. for example wr have a piece of a tree from our cottage park grounds.. its a round slab and we want to prep it to be signed for our guest book.. would stain be all we need too??

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    1. Hi there! How cool! I've never stained a raw round slab myself but I do paint and use sharpies on raw wood and that works great. I'm assuming stain should take to it as well. Good luck!

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  10. My stain is currently drying on my wood (I have an oily brown patch on my arm to prove it!) You listed both wood sealer and clear protective spray separately, but only mention the sealer. Is there a difference between the two?

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    1. Awesome! They are the same. I used this one on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001K65K26/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B001K65K26&linkCode=as2&tag=foreverf-20&linkId=861bae55c81de9bb143587c85ec797b2), which you can find online and at your hardware store.

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  11. Hi Lauren, can you tell me what kind of wood sealer you used? Does it need to be aerosol?

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    1. Hi! It doesn't have to be aerosol if you find a different sealer or clear protectant. I used Crystal Clear Acrylic Spray, which can be found on Amazon or in your local hardware store.

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  12. Do you think sharpies would work on the wood? --Lorlie

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    1. Hi Lorlie, Sorry for my late response! I think sharpies would work great. The white paint markers I used we're Sharpie brand.

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  13. wow really cool & natural. great thanks
    kelinci

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  14. I would love to do this for my wedding on Sat. instead of a guestbook as well!! If I were to purchase just the stained wood, would the water base fine tip markers work still? my email is amwoodard1@gmail.com..Would love to hear from you! Thanks :)

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    1. Hi! So sorry I didn't get back to you in time but I hope it worked out for your big day!

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