I haven’t done a DIY project in a while. And when I was at the dollar store the other day, I found this sign that I knew I could use for a craft project at home. I am always looking for things to turn into other things when I’m at the dollar store.

When I saw it, I just knew I could do something with it. So I picked up two of them, and started plotting what I would turn this beach sign into.

handmade stall sign for a horse

It didn’t take me long to come up with an idea. I love making name signs for my horses, but they already have a lot. And their current stall signs are still in good shape. So they didn’t need new name plates. But I have two horsey friends, and I thought I could make a nice little gift for one of them by making them some name plates for their horses.

So I texted Lynda and asked her how to spell her horses names. I think she thought I was crazy for a moment. And when she asked why I just told her it was a surprise.

And then I got to work on my ‘surprise’ for her. We were planning on going to the Colorado Horse Park for the Saturday night Grand Prix, so I needed to get busy if I planned on having this done by the afternoon for her.

How To DIY A Stall Sign

So I took apart one of the signs. This gave me three blanks, which is perfect because Lynda has 3 horses.

dollar store signs

I sanded the surface, and then drilled some holes where screws can go.

sanding dollar store signs

And then I painted the blank pieces with chalk paint. And once it was dry, I was trying to decide how to do the lettering. I do have my Cricut machine, but I wanted something a little different. So I decided to freehand the names.

homemade stall signs

It went ok, and the names looked ok, but I wanted something more. So I used dark wax and added a little faux painting to the signs to make them look like weathered wood.

making homemade stall signs

And then I remembered I had some little horse charms. So I played with the ones I had to add a little embellishment to each of the signs.

homemade stall signs for horse stalls

Once I was happy with that, then I sealed the signs with my Triple Thick sealer. This stuff works fantastic, and makes wood projects be able to withstand being outside.

It’s what I put on Ethan and Frisby’s signs, and they have tolerated all of the yucky winter weather we have had here in Colorado.

I was able to get all of the name signs done, and dried by the time she came to my house to go to the horse show. And while she wasn’t thrilled that I filmed her reaction, she gave me a big hug for the signs. And I was able to make a video of me making the signs for my YouTube channel, so double bonus.

Making Extra Signage

And even though I liked the signs, I wanted to try it again. This time I wanted to use my Cricut machine. I still wasn’t ready to be done I guess. And I thought it would be fun to make a new name plate for my tack trunk as well as my tool box grooming tote in my ‘barn colors’

homemade name plaques

I mean I have made stall signs and name plaques for my horses, why not make something for myself?

And this time I cut of the angled ends of the blanks to give it a uniform rectangular shape. Then I painted the blanks in a Navy blue and then cut out the letter in white. And I did this because, well that’s what I had.

homemade sign

Then using some painter’s tape, Frog Tape is the absolute best to prevent bleed through, I taped off the outer edge of each rectangular blank, and I painted it burgundy. After it had time to dry, I removed the tape. There is just something spectacular about a crisp straight line.

homemade name plaques from dollar store things

After the painted on each sign had completely dried, I attached the letters using Mod-Podge. But I didn’t go over the entire plaque with the Mod-Podge. I have had such great results with the Triple Thick Sealer, I decided to use it on the signs to give it a really glossy, and professional appearance. Kind of like the glossy tack trunks that are way out of my budget.

Personalizing A Tack Trunk

And once they were completely dry, I attached them to their respective trunks.

tack trunks

Not only did I make some fun gifts for a kindred spirit horse friend, I was also able to make something for myself. And my total investment was $2.00. I was also able to make a couple of videos for my YouTube channel, so I consider this a triple win!

Never Underestimate A Budget Equestrian

I am really happy with how these projects turned out. And I am even happier to be able to share them with you. Because if you are anything like me, you like to find affordable ways to create something ‘horsey’. And these projects are definitely affordable and also they are easy, and really fun!

And as usual, I do have some affiliate links within this post. That means if you decide to make a purchase through one of the links I have provided, I may receive a small commission which helps me to continue doing what I do, and bringing fun (and easy) projects to you!


I am horse crazy and love DIY projects, and finding great deals on everything horse related. When I have a new idea, or find a great deal I love sharing this information with you.

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