Distressed Santa’s Workshop Sign

My friends over at DecoArt asked me to create a Holiday project using some of their Americana Acrylic paints and I just couldn’t resist. I love anything that has to do with the holidays! So here is another fun holiday craft for all of you…

From young to old, everyone loves to dream about the place Santa makes his toys. Every time I watch Elf, The Santa Clause, Polar Express or any other Christmas movie that shows Santa’s Workshop, I secretly wish that I could visit this magical place. Yes, I BELIEVE that all of my big girl toys are made there too, like my power tools, hot glue guns and cutting machines. :)

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The vintage-inspired sign is a fun take on a piece of Christmas décor. Hang it on the wall, prop it up on a mantel or place it on a stick for outdoor décor.


Americana Santa Red

Americana Snow White

DecoArt Multi-Purpose Sealer

DecoArt Satin Varnish

16” Wooden Songbird Arrow (found at Michaels)

Foam Brush

Small Tip Brush

Pencil for sketching or letter stencil

Palette or plastic plate for paint

#220 grit sandpaper

Start by mixing a 1:1 ratio of Santa Red paint and Wood Sealer.

Using a foam brush, apply 2 coats of the mixture onto the wooden arrow, allowing the paint to dry between each coat.
Using the smaller tip brush, apply 2 coats of Snow White paint onto the trim of the arrow. If a little paint gets onto the edges it can easily be removed when distressing later on in the process.
For the lettering, using the smaller tip brush and Snow White paint, you can either paint the letters directly onto the sign by hand or use a stencil.
Allow the paint to dry completely then remove the stencil.

Using 220 grit sandpaper, gently sand the edges of the sign and the surface. The more you sand, the more distressed the sign will appear.
Wipe the sign with a damp paper towel to remove excess dust.
Wash your foam brush. Apply a thin layer of Satin Varnish to the entire surface of the piece and allow to dry.

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And just to be safe, you should probably point that arrow NORTH :)

Disclosure: DecoArt provided the materials used for this project, you can also read my full disclosure policy here.

Linking to some of the parties here along with Today’s Creative BlogTipJunkieHome Stories A 2 Z, Funky Junk Interiors, The Shabby NestMy Repurposed LifeThe Shabby Creek CottageThrifty Decor Chick, Centsational Girl


Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. says

    I LOVE this! Thanks for the great tutorial on painting and distressing. You’ve made it look so easy. I need to make me none. I really like the cute wooden arrow. Thanks for sharing!


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