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Make a Gone Fishing Wood Sign for Dad

Looking for a fun Father’s Day gift? This gone fishing sign is perfect for an office or man cave – or for anywhere you need a rustic fishing theme.

Skills Required: Beginner. It’s a very simple DIY project and you only need basic crafting skills to make it. The fisherman in your life is going to love this sign!

DIY Gone Fishing Sign

Father’s Day is just around the corner and you might have zero clue what to get pops. I know I’ve been in that situation before many a time! This gone fishing wood sign is perfect for your dad if he loves fishing.

My dad doesn’t, but my uncle does – and I’m pretty sure he would love this! This wood sign is a breeze to make if you have a die-cutter, but you can totally create it even if you don’t have one.

Gone Fishing Sign

To start this project, I had to find some wood to use. My wood was actually a leftover for a shelf project I was doing not too long ago – it was a 1″ x 5″ x 8′ rough pine board bought at my local hardware store for $3.50.

If you are purchasing wood, you can have them cut it down to size for you. My gone fishing wood sign ended up measuring 1″ x 5″ 12″ – so in actuality, if you are purchasing a pine board for this, one board would give you enough for 8 signs!

If You Don’t Have a Die Cutter

Never fear, you can still make this gone fishing sign! Your first option is to purchase some vinyl (you won’t need the transfer tape) in a sheet size to cover your wood.

Use our free printable (link in the supplies section) to cut out the design with a craft knife. The design isn’t too complicated and the sign is distressed, so the project is pretty forgiving.

Your second option is to purchase adhesive letters in the design of your choice from the craft store. They obviously won’t be in the same design, but if you see a font you like better than what we’re offering, it’s a good substitute.

Custom Lettering

The third option for your gone fishing wood sign is to get custom vinyl lettering on Etsy. You can purchase letters in a font you like or even get someone to cut out this design using their Silhouette and send it to you. Basically, you’ve got some good options!

Now check out the tutorial for this easy painted project.

Wood Fishing Sign

Gather These Supplies

sand wood to prepare sign

Step 1. Cut and sand your wood. Have your local hardware store cut it for you or cut it yourself with a saw. If you purchased the nicer pine, you wouldn’t need to sand as much.

I purchased the cheaper pine so I broke out my trusty mouse sander to help with the sanding. Wipe it down with a clean damp cloth afterwards.

Painting the pine board in black using a foam brush

Step 2. Paint your wood the color you want your letters to be. I just use a simple foam brush for this, nothing special! About two coats should do it. Let it dry.

gone fishing sign remove transfer tape

Step 3. Cut your template and apply it onto the wood. You want the paint to be really dry before you do this, or you’ll risk not having your stencil adhere onto the wood properly.

I cut my stencil out of vinyl for this project. Use a scraper to make sure your stencil is adhered properly. Remove the transfer.

paint on letters to stop bleeding diy sign

Step 4. Roughly go over the letters with your base paint – we do this to seal the edges and prevent too much bleeding from the top paint coat.

paint top coat diy sign

Step 5. Paint your top color – I used a warm white to give a nice, old feel to it. I also used petroleum jelly on the edges and some of the surface to give my DIY sign a more distressed look later.

Use a dry brush for the top paint to give a streaky, unfinished feel. Paint the sides and the backside as well.

remove stencil sticker letters

Step 6. Remove the sticker stencils from your gone fishing sign once the paint is dry.

sand diy sign to distress vaseline

Step 7. Sand to distress – again, I used my trusty palm sander for this – it just makes everything so easy. You can also use sandpaper though it may take a bit longer to give you the results you are looking for.

You can also opt to not distress the sign! Coat your sign with polycrylic (once dry) to protect and seal it, especially if you are hanging it outside.

Drilling a hole into a wood sign to add a picture hook

Step 8. Attach hooks on top by first drilling it with a 1/16″ drill bit so that it will be easier for you to screw your picture hanging hooks in.

Tying jute to a gone fishing sign

Step 9. Finish your gone fishing sign with jute twine for a rustic feel. And you are done!

Gone Fishing Wood Sign made with a Silhouette
Father's Day Gift Gone Fishing DIY Sign
DIY Gone Fishing Sign

This gone fishing wood sign is an easy and thoughtful Father’s Day gift for any dad who loves to fish. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and don’t forget to visit my blog for more tutorials and freebies like this! Happy crafting, folks!

Yield: 1 sign

Gone Fishing Sign

DIY Gone Fishing Sign

Learn how to make this wooden fishing sign - perfect for Father's Day! This is such an easy home decor project.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5



  • Sander or Sandpaper
  • Silhouette Cameo, other die cutter (optional) or Craft knife
  • Foam Brush
  • Paintbrush
  • Drill with 1/16" Drill bit


  1. Cut and sand the wood to the desired size. Have your local hardware store cut it for you, or cut with a saw.
  2. Sand using a sander or sandpaper; wipe down with a clean damp cloth afterwards.
  3. Paint the wood the color you would like the letters to be. Use a foam brush; give the wood two coats. Let dry.
  4. Cut the template out of vinyl and apply to the wood (transfer tape comes in handy for this). The paint from the prior step should be very dry before you do this.
  5. Roughly go over the letters with the base paint - do this to seal the edges and prevent bleeding from the top paint coat.
  6. Paint the top coat. Use a dry brush for the top paint to give a streaky, rustic feel. Paint the sides and the backside as well.
  7. Remove the sticker stencils from sign once the paint is dry.
  8. Coat the sign with polycrylic (once dry) to protect and seal it, especially if you are hanging it outside.
  9. Drill the sign with a 1/16" drill bit on the top at each end. Attach the hooks.
  10. Finish by tying jute cord on the eye hooks in the length desired. Hang.

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