How To Make A Unique Personalized Stall Sign For Your Horse
I do this a lot. But I can justify it because I have a lot of extra wood and I hate to throw anything away. So instead of throwing away spare pieces of wood, I make signs for my horses. This is also a fun way to make some extra money, you can make fun stall signs and sell them!
But for me, I just like to make things for my horses, so I have a new fun stall sign, so my horses know which stall is his. (Just kidding)
But seriously, it is very simple to make a name plate for your horse’s stall. You can use any size of wood scrap you have, but I have a lot of 1 x 4 lumber remnants, so most of the time this is what I use.
I cut the wood to around 12” long. And drilled some holes for attaching the finished product to my horse’s stalls.
Then I lightly sanded each piece of wood.
For these signs, I used raw wood, meaning I did not stain the wood first.
And then I just painted all sides of the wood. For these signs I used white acrylic paint.
Once they were dry, I made my own stencil using my Cricut machine. This is an older model that I got on ebay for around $165.00 a few years ago, and you can still find them on places like Amazon for around the same price. This machine has paid for itself because I have made different wood signs to sell, and with this new pattern, I think I may end up making some more stall signs to sell again, because this is just so much fun, and they weren’t that hard to make.
Then, I bought some pony size horse shoes to add a fun element to the signs.
I had some gold spray paint, so I sprayed the horse shoes gold, but you can make them whatever color you like.
While the horse shoes were drying, I used my homemade stencil and painted my horses names on each of the wood pieces.
And then I added a little bit of glitter to each sing to give them a little extra bling.
Then while the paint was drying on the signs, I brought the horse shoes inside to attach to the name plates.
After everything was dried on the stall sign, I gave all sides a coat of mod-podge. This will protect the signs from the elements, and it also seals the wood so my horses don’t get to excited about chewing on the wood.
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And then I attached the horse shoes to the stall signs using some gorilla glue hot glue sticks, they seem pretty secure. Time will tell once I hang them up outside.
And after allowing plenty of time for the signs to dry, I hung them up on my horse’s stalls.
Each stall sign cost me around $6.00 to make. Not too bad when you consider buying one pre-made will run around $30.00. And I was able to make both of them in an afternoon.
They are original, and so much fun! Not very traditional, but I’m not a truly traditional equestrian. I like individuality, and I like being able to craft something unique and original, just like me.