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Today I’ll be showing you how to make this DIY super hero sign. This technique could however be made to make any sign you’d like. Get creative! :D

Two weeks ago I shared the blue super hero sign and a few of you e-mailed me asking to do a tutorial for the red sign as well. I’ll be showing the whole room makeover next week for the Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week, but I thought I’d give you a little sneak peak ahead of time. Let’s get started, shall we?!


  • 1/2 inch piece of wood (You can get it cut down at Lowes or Home Depot for free)
  • Paint (I used Showstopper -SW 7588- red from Sherwin-Williams)
  • Paint brush
  • Vinyl + cutting machine or stencil
  • Transfer paper (if using vinyl)
  • Self leveler picture hanger
  • Nail
  • Hammer


1. Get your board cut down to the size you wish and then wipe it down with a damp cloth.

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2. Add 2-3 coats of paint and allow to dry for a couple hours.

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3. I used a Cricut cutting machine to cut out my stencil with vinyl. I actually found this “pow” design in the Cricut library. If you don’t have a cutting machine… no worries. You can always buy stencils at the store or hand paint. You could even print out a design from online and cut your own stencil with an Xacto knife.

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4. Once I finished cutting out my vinyl I peeled away the inside and then placed a piece of transfer tape on top.

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5. Then I flipped the design around and peeled the vinyl backing off.

DIY super hero sign on iheartnaptime.com #tutorial

6. Next I stuck the vinyl design onto the board and then pushed it down really good. Sometimes I like to use a credit card to make sure the vinyl is really stuck on there. Then I peeled the transfer tape off and the vinyl stuck on.

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Then I added a couple coats of white paint to the middle of the stencil and let it dry.

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I forgot to take a picture of the last step (sorry!!) but all we did was screw the knobs in with a drill. You don’t have to add knobs, but I just thought it would be great to have a place for my son to hang his coat and back pack. Then we added the picture hanger (similar to this one) onto the bag with a hammer and hung it up with a nail. I found the Spiderman knobs on clearance at Pottery Barn.

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Come back next week to see the full room reveal. There will also be 14 other bloggers sharing their makeovers during Sherwin-Williams National Painting week. There will be TONS of inspiration. I can’t wait! Find more info here: SWPaintingWeek.com.

This post was in partnership with Sherwin-Williams. All opinions are 100% my own. :D 

Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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10 Responses to “DIY super hero sign”

  1. Jen

    Hi Jamie, how did you make the big brother one!? I do not have a circuit machine yet, and live in Canada, where could I make or how could I make the stencils? Your description wasn’t completely clear! I’m preg and want to make that bro sign for our reveal pic with our little boy! Thank you!

    • Jamielyn

      Hi Jen! You can download the free printable and print it off at Office Max, Staples, or order it from Shutterfly! :)