Weathered Wood Plank Beach Sign

faux driftwood beach sign

I recently repainted our tiny downstairs bathroom with a beach theme, as I love all things to do with the ocean. When the bathroom was completed, I felt it needed just a little something else, so I set about making this beach sign. It was so quick and easy to make a Smoothfoam sheet look like weathered wood – it took only 2 hours, including dry time.

Two 1″ x 6″ x 12″ Smoothfoam sheets
4″ Smoothfoam letters to spell “Beach”
Acrylic paints – white, dark brown
Foam paint brushes, stiff bristle brush, long-handle paint brushes
Tacky glue
Bamboo skewers, toothpicks
Packing tape, craft wire

paint smoothfoam to look like wood


Join the 2 sheets of Smoothfoam with toothpicks glue. Use tape on the back to hold the pieces together while the glue sets.

Paint the letters white and set aside to dry.

Gently press the skewer into the Smoothfoam to make straight, indented lines (like wood planks) across the sheets. Don’t forget to indent the edges of the sheet, too.

Use a paint brush handle to indent the lines a bit deeper. Be careful not to press too hard – avoid cracking the surface.

Paint the grooved lines dark brown. Then mix some white paint into a little dark brown to make a lighter shade and paint the rest of the sheet. Let dry.

Distress the “wood plank” by lightly dry-brushing a little white paint across it.

Glue your “beach” letters to the sign, then glue or tape a wire loop to the back for hanging.

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