Anne of Green Gables Quote DIY Wood Sign and Printable

I've mentioned before that I love quick DIY projects that can be completed during nap time, like making wood signs with my favorite quotes on them. I think I've also mentioned that I might be the only crafty person left on planet earth that doesn't have a vinyl cutting machine. I know, tragic right? I actually kind of like that I don't have one since it forces me to think outside the box. One of these days though...(here's another DIY I recently completed without a vinyl cutter!)

Anne of Green Gables Quote DIY Wood Sign

I found this shadowbox frame that I had in my stash. The glass on it broke, unfortunately. The original project was adorable with little Christmas ornament balls in it, and the glass had a vinyl stencil on it (cut by my friend that does happen to have a machine). Delicate and fragile things don't seem to last long in our house though. Because kids! Don't worry, no one was hurt when the glass broke. I honestly don't know why the entire thing didn't get thrown away when it broke, except that it happened during packing to move last year and I assume the frame got thrown into a box instead of the trash. I'm happy it stuck around in my stash and that I could re purpose it for my Anne of Green Gables Quote Sign.

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I just love Anne of Green Gables! So many life lessons and wisdom in those books. L.M. Montgomery must have been an amazing person to know. And of course, if you grew up in the '80s and 90's, you watched the PBS version at every sleep over, right? I'll let you in on a little secret and tell you I own the soundtrack to the original movie. Every time I hear the theme song I am filled with memories of all the sleepovers with my best friend and late nights spent watching Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe, and getting lost in the story. It's just one of those movies (and soundtracks) you can watch (and listen to) over and over again and never get tired of. But enough rambling and on to the sign making!

Anne of Green Gables DIY Wood Sign

Anne of Green Gables Quote DIY Wood Sign and Free Printable

I chose this Anne quote because it's something I'm truly working on - trying to remember that it's not always about "winning" at whatever thing we are doing, but the important thing is the actual trying and failing...the persistence.

"Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing". L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


- A piece of wood, or a frame like this one
- An Inkjet Printer
- Wax or Freezer Paper
- Tape
- Gift card or credit card
- Permanent Marker or Paint Pen

DIY Wood Sign Supplies and Free Printable

Enter your email below so I can send you the printable PDF for the project. I will send you both the regular image (you can just print and put it in a frame!), and also the mirror image for the project (just print and DIY!).


1.    Cut a piece of wax or freezer paper to 8.5 by 11, or whatever size your piece of wood or frame is. If you want your frame/wood to be painted, make sure to do that ahead of time so it has a chance to dry. 

DIY Wood Sign Wax Paper Stencil

2.    Print your design on your wax or freezer paper. If you aren't using my printable quote (enter your email below and I'll send it to you ASAP), make sure you mirror the image before you print it out.

3.    Transfer the image onto your frame/wood. You only get one shot, so make sure to carefully place it down without smudging! Secure with a few pieces of tape so it doesn't move. Take your plastic gift or credit card, and firmly press down on the image, kind of like you're squeegee-ing a window clean. Make sure to get all parts of the design.

Wax Paper Ink Jet Printer Stencil Free Printable

4.    Carefully remove the tape and lift the paper up and off. Give the frame/wood a few minutes to dry completely, although in my experience it was dry right away.

5.    You can stop at this point if you're happy with it! It was a little too light for me, and I wanted to darken the letters a little. I used a black permanent marker, but a paint pen would work also. Just carefully trace the outline. I didn't fill in my tracing this time, I liked the effect of the "shadow" behind my outline.

Trace The Stencil Outline With A Sharpie Marker

That's pretty much all there is too it! See? There are work-arounds if you are like me and don't have a fancy vinyl cutting machine. I hope you enjoyed this project! If you would like the free printable stencil, just drop your email below and I'll send it to your inbox. I love to see completed projects in your homes, make sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook if you post any photos!

DIY Wood Sign Using Anne of Green Gables Quote Free Printable

Happy crafting and DIY'ing!

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DIY Wood Sign Anne of Green Gables Quote and Free Printable Template

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