Honey, This is So Cute! Tutorial for Stenciling a Sign

Tutorial for using a stenciled beehive and acrylic paints.

I am having fun as I continue to work my way through some scrap wood that was in my garage. This piece was a remnant from a dresser drawer bottom. I've included a supply list for your convenience at the end of this post.

The sign won't be framed, so I decided to give it a border. First I roughly painted a border in black.

Roughly paint in a border on the scrap wood.

 After it was dry I taped it off with painters tape.

Use painters tape to tape off the border.

Then I filled in the center area with my base color in white.

Fill in the center area with the base color.

My sign will have a "honey" theme (hence the title of this post), so to add a little dimension with a honeycomb effect, I brushed some paint on a piece of bubble wrap.

Applying paint to bubble wrap to create a honeycomb effect.

Then I pressed the bubble wrapped onto the board.

Press the bubble wrap onto the board.

Next I pounced black paint over a beehive stencil to create a shadow effect.

Pouncing paint over the stencil.

Here's how it looks after the black was applied:

Black stenciled first as a base coat for a shadow effect.

Then I slightly shifted my stencil up and over.

Shift the stencil slightly to create a shadow effect.

I used yellow and brown to begin building my color for the beehive.

Mixing acrylic paints on a paper plate.

I pounced the paint on randomly.

Second layers pounced on top of stencil.

You can see here how it is starting to take shape.

The beehive is starting to take shape.

I mixed in some white to create my final layer of color:

Continue adding layers of color until you achieve the color you want.

Ta-da the beehive portion of the sign is finished!

Beehive stenciled onto board.

Next I moved on to adding my letters "Local Honey". I used a piece of painters tape as a guide for the bottom of the letters.

Use a piece of painters tape as a guide to keep letters straight.

To speed things up I used my hairdryer to quickly dry the paint before moving on to the next letter. I also stenciled in a few bees which you will see in the "after" photos. I did a light sanding with 220-grit sandpaper to roughen up the sign before I applied a sealant to the paint.

I use my hairdryer to speed up the drying process.


It was such a beautiful morning that I decided to stage my sign outside in my wildflower garden. I still need to attach hangers to the sign, so for now I just propped it up. I think I will drill a couple of holes and run a wire hanger through it.

Local Honey sign in wildflower garden.

The bright morning sun made it a little difficult to photograph some of the background colors, but I hope you can see them.

Layers of paint on stenciled sign.

Here are the little bees that I stenciled buzzing around the beehive. I was hoping to capture a live bee buzzing around in the photo, but no such luck.

The little bees are buzzing around the beehive.

I stenciled the center of the bees in yellow. For the wings I used a light touch of black.

I stenciled the center of the bees in yellow. For the wings I used a light touch of black.

I think this photo might be the best one that shows the honeycomb background.

Honeycomb effect on background of sign.

I love the wildflower garden, but I'm never sure what is a flower and what is a weed, so I wait to make sure before I start weeding. So if you see any weeds in the photos I hope you understand it's ignorance and not laziness!

Hand stenciled Local Honey sign.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial on how to stencil a sign. It's fairly simple to do and is an economical way to make some simple artwork for your home or garden. It's also a super fun project to do with kids. I made this sign to decorate my booth, but I plan to make another that reads "wildflowers" to put in my garden.

My wildflower garden.

Supplies (Affiliate links included):

Scrap wood or buy a new piece large enough to fit your stencils.
Acrylic paints

Stencil brushes

         Letter Stencils (these are the stencils I used in this project)

Beehive stencil (this one is similar to mine)

220-grit sandpaper

Frog tape


  1. Patricia ,
    I think your Honey sign just turned out so nice.
    Very nice job ...Great creativity ! and your post was very well written for those who would like to give it a try.
    Thanks for sharing your talent...

    1. Thank you Greg. It was a fun and easy project to do.

  2. I love the beehive . This looks great.

  3. It really came out nice Patricia. One suggestion, I would use a darker color for the honeycomb to make it show up better.


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