Rustic Wedding Anniversary Sign

Make this rustic wedding anniversary sign and it will fit right in with today’s rustic style weddings. Whether you make this for your own wedding, or give this to the happy couple, this rustic wedding sign will be a timeless and beautiful reminder of a very special day.

Rustic Wedding Anniversary Sign

Rustic Wedding Style

One of the big design trends in weddings right now is anything rustic. I’ve always loved this style, and when I got married 10+ years ago, we held an outdoor wedding and incorporated several rustic elements to our ceremony and reception.

I’ve seen many rustic wedding anniversary signs on Pinterest, many with the wedding date on them. People have used small wood slices with their wedding date or name wood burned onto them as wedding favors or unique save the date magnets. I’ve seen large wood signs used in wedding announcement pictures, with the happy couple holding up a wood sign.

Today I’m showing you how you can create a wedding gift in this wonderful rustic style. This rustic wedding anniversary sign is just that: it can be used as a wedding gift, as a part of your wedding decor, or in my case as an anniversary gift for my husband and I to enjoy.


Check out this mason jar wood shape!

Rustic Wedding Anniversary Sign

It’s a nice size and fits perfectly inside the shadow box.

Rustic Wedding Anniversary Sign

Walnut Hollow products are made in the USA with a focus on the environment. (You can read about their commitment to the environment here.)

Walnut Hollow products are easy to customize with paint, wood burning, stain, mixed media techniques and whatever else you can think of, to create beautiful home decor, crafts, and art.

Here’s the HotStamps that I’m using: lowercase letters (below left) and the numbers (below right).

Rustic Wedding Anniversary Sign

Practice Makes (Almost) Perfect

Before using the HotStamps, it is really helpful to practice, practice, practice on scrap pieces of wood. I always try to use the same type of wood as what my project will be. For example, you can wood burn on several different types of Walnut Hollow surfaces such as pine, basswood, birch and more.

Here’s one of my lovely practice surfaces where I practiced my letters and numbers:

Rustic Wedding Anniversary Sign

There are plenty of helpful videos on the Walnut Hollow YouTube Channel.

The main point I’ll make here is to make sure you gently rock the hot stamps to help you get the complete letter or number wood burned onto your surface.

If you look at my practice surface above, you’ll see that some of my “2” numbers weren’t completely wood burned (A). I wasn’t gently rocking the number hot stamp to help get a good imprint. If you look at the letter “a” you will see the opposite effect (B). I was pressing a bit too hard.

So it takes practice, but don’t stress about it! Part of the appeal of wood burning is that you have created it. You’ll see in my project today that some of my letters and numbers didn’t turn out 100% perfect. That’s ok. I’ll just continue practicing!

(And by the way, wood burning is so relaxing!)

Rustic Wedding Anniversary Sign

Step One: Figure out the overall placement of words and designs on your mason jar shape.

I wanted to use our last name (Kuhlmann) along with our wedding date. I also wanted to wood burn a flower onto the mason jar.

Rustic Wedding Anniversary Sign

Step Two: Place your floral stencil where you want the wood burned design to be.

Hold the stencil in place with washi tape. (below left)

Rustic Wedding Anniversary Sign

Draw in the floral design lightly with a pencil. Remove the stencil. (above right)

Step Three: Using the Creative Versa-Tool and the Calligraphy Point, wood burn the floral design into the wood. 

First, I went over the flower design very lightly. Then I went back over it again to really make the flower pop!

Rustic Wedding Anniversary Sign

Step Four: Using the Creative Versa-Tool and the HotStamps Alphabet Set, wood burn your last name onto the mason jar shape.

I began by stamping the first and last letters on each end, to help me keep the placement between letters more even.

Rustic Wedding Anniversary Sign

Next, I began filling in the next letters from both ends of the name, again to keep the placement as even as possible.

Rustic Wedding Anniversary Sign

Step Five: Place your vine stencil below the wood burned last name and hold in place with washi tape. Just as you did with the floral stencil, use a pencil to lightly draw in the vine design onto the wood. Remove the stencil.

Rustic Wedding Anniversary Sign

Step Six: Wood burn the vine design. I wood burned the berries (dots) first, using the Creative Versa-Tool with the Flow Point attached. Then I switched to the Calligraphy Point to wood burn the rest of the design.

Step Seven: Using the Creative Versa-Tool and the HotStamps Numbers, wood burn your wedding date onto the mason jar shape, below the vine motif.

Step Eight: Using the Creative Versa-Tool with the Mini Flow Point, wood burn tiny dots along the top “jar rim” of the mason jar shape, as well as along the rim of the entire jar.

Rustic Wedding Anniversary Sign

I love the tiny dots you can make with the Mini Flow Point! I even added some dots to the center of the flower.

Here’s how the mason jar wood shape looks so far:

Rustic Wedding Anniversary Sign

Step Nine: Using the pickling wash or stain or your choice, lightly stain the mason jar, except for the recessed grooves. 

With most pickling washes or stains, you apply it in small sections… (below left)

Rustic Wedding Anniversary Sign

…then immediately wipe it off with a lint-free cloth. I use a white rag. (above right)

What is left is a very light wash of color, perfect for this rustic look.

Rustic Wedding Anniversary Sign

Continue working in small sections and repeat this process for the main part of the mason jar shape. Set aside to dry.

Helpful tip: I’ve noticed when I use stain — or in this case, pickling wash — the color doesn’t cover up the dark wood burned areas like paint does, nor does it dilute the dark brown color of the burned wood.  This comes in handy when doing rustic style projects, such as this rustic wedding anniversary sign, as you want to see that lovely wood burned effect.

Step Ten: Paint the inside and outside of the Bark Edge Shadow Box with pickling wash or stain.

I used a driftwood color, to give the wood a nice weathered look. Set aside to dry.

The process was the same as I did in Step Nine.

Step Eleven: Using strong adhesive, attach small wood cubes to the inside of the shadow box. (You will attach the wood mason jar shape to these in the next step.)

Lay the shadow box flat to make this easy. Once I glued each of the pieces of wood in place, I put a small — but heavy — book on top to keep everything in place while it dried. (Follow package instructions for the drying/curing time of your chosen adhesive.)

Helpful tip: You can also use a small piece of scrap wood for this step. Just make sure whatever you use is small so that it isn’t visible underneath the jar. Another idea is to simply attach the mason jar shape onto the back of the shadow box itself.

Step Twelve: Wrap a piece of vintage seam binding or ribbon around the rim of the mason jar shape and tie a bow.

Rustic Wedding Anniversary Sign

Step Thirteen: Attach the mason jar shape to the wood pieces using strong adhesive.

I purposely wanted the mason jar to appear like it was floating in the middle of the shadow box.

Again, make this easy on yourself by keeping the shadow box laying flat while you glue, position, hold and let dry!

I placed a heavy book on top and left it that way overnight while the adhesive dried and cured.

The next morning, my rustic wedding anniversary sign was ready to display!

Rustic Wedding Anniversary Sign

Rustic Wedding Anniversary Sign

Whoo hoo! Walnut Hollow is having a fantastic sale right now on their wood burning supplies! Just click the image below — or click here — to head straight to the Wood Burning section of their website!

Walnut Hollow 20% off wood burning supplies, June 2 - 15, 2017!

You can also scroll back up (in this post) to see the exact supplies I used for this project.

If you need a good starting point — the Creative Versa-Tool is a really great tool to own, and it comes with several interchangeable points. (There is a helpful set of instructions on the Creative Versa-Tool page where you can click and see everything that is included.)

Happy crafting!

Laura of Pet Scribbles

I’m Laura, the creative mind behind Pet Scribbles, my blog where I share craft tutorials, home and garden projects, and occasional cat stories. I can never have enough pretty craft paints to work with, and I love to make things look time-worn with distressing and aging — especially wood projects both large and small. Stop by!

Around the World Mini Crate

By Judi Kauffman


I met Mary C. Nasser through a Walnut HollowStencilGirl Products blog hop and we’ve bonded over a shared love of dogs, stencils, teaching, and wood products. We decided to do a 2-person blog hop. There was only one catch to the plan: I don’t have a blog. But Walnut Hollow generously agreed to be my home base, and they sent both of us the surfaces to use for our projects.


I chose a Rustic Pallet Mini Crate and Mary’s Around the World Longitude Stencil. I thought it would be fun to play with the stencil in two ways: First, as a large-scale pattern on the sides of the crate where the lines on the globe are prominent, second, on smaller size circles (or “planets”). Only a small portion of the stencil is evident on each circle.


While I was at it, I made enough extra circles to use for earrings. And rather than wasting the scraps leftover after cutting out the circles, I used those pieces to create a mosaic-style card front. Nothing wasted and two bonus projects I hope you’ll enjoy!

**When you are finished viewing Judi’s beautiful crate be sure to take a look at Mary’s Blog Hop Project here.**






1. Basecoat the crate with acrylic paint in French Blue Gray. Allow to dry. Add a second coat to the bottom and inside of the crate and inside of the handles. No second coat is needed on the ends and side slats.


2. Alter two 5” x 12” pieces of Light Blue Iris Shimmer Sheetz with alcohol inks in Baja Blue followed by Rich Gold Metallic. Use a felt applicator to create a mottled effect, allowing some of the Light Blue to remain visible.


3. Back the pieces with double-sided adhesive sheet. Cut one piece in half (5” x 6”). Cut one of the halves into five 1” x 6” strips. Cut one more 1” x 6” strip and a 5” x 6” rectangle from the other half. Cut a 5” x 6” rectangle from one end of the other altered 5” x 12” piece and set aside all scraps.


4. Trace the end of the crate onto lightweight paper to make a cutting template. Cut the curved opening into the two end pieces.


5. Remove the backing from the double-sided adhesive and adhere the strips to the slats; adhere the rectangles with handle openings to the ends of the crate.



6. Position the stencil at an angle on one end of the crate and use a felt applicator to daub StazOn ink in Royal Purple through the openings. Position the stencil at a different angle on one side of the crate and repeat. Position the stencil onto the altered Shimmer Sheetz scraps (set aside in step 3) and apply ink, same as for the crate. Allow the ink to dry. (Drying time depends on climate and how heavy-handed you were with the ink)


7. Repeat step 6 for the other end and other side of the crate.


8. Position the stencil at a different angle on one end of the crate and daub alcohol ink in Rich Gold through the openings. Position the stencil at yet another angle on one side of the crate and repeat. Position the stencil onto the altered Shimmer Sheetz scraps and apply ink, same as for the crate. Allow the ink to dry. (Again, drying time depends on climate and the amount of ink that was applied)


9. Repeat step 8 for the other end and other side of the crate.

Nasser-WH Crate 6


10. Put adhesive-backed resin bottle cap stickers onto some (or all) of the stenciled Shimmer Sheetz scraps. I used three per side, but you may want to use more or fewer. Cut around the circles. (Keep the scraps from around the circles for the bonus card project.)


11. Remove the backing from the double-sided adhesive and adhere the circles to the slats and end pieces of the crate. There will be exposed adhesive on the back wherever the circles cross from one slat to another or extend past the top edge of the crate. Remove the stickiness by rubbing a tiny bit of glitter or talcum powder onto the exposed adhesive.





*Earrings – Add clip or post backs to some of the circles for super lightweight, sparkly earrings! (Use Beacon Glass, Metal & More Glue or any adhesive that is formulated for non-porous surfaces)


*Card – Place a 3.5” x 4” piece of double-sided adhesive sheet onto an A2 (4.25” x 5.5”) white cardstock card base with fold at the left side. Remove the backing to expose the adhesive. Cut the remaining stenciled Shimmer Sheetz scraps into little pieces and randomly place them on the adhesive. (TIP: Hold onto the white cardstock, don’t touch the adhesive with your fingers!)


When the mosaic looks good to your eye, fill the remaining adhesive with Silk Microfine Glitter in whatever color you want (light color for more contrast, dark color for a tone-on-tone effect). Polish the glitter with your fingertip to bring out the sparkle.




Switch the color palette to suit your taste and décor!

This project works well for any flat surface so there are many other possibilities, for example: Walnut Hollow boutique tissue boxes, clocks, or wall panels

For larger projects, adjust the amount of Shimmer Sheetz and the number of “planets”.




StencilGirl Products – L260 Around the World Longitude Stencil by Mary C. Nasser


Walnut Hollow – 23873 Rustic Pallet Mini Crate


Elizabeth Craft Designs – Shimmer Sheetz in Light Blue Iridescent, Double-sided adhesive sheets in 5” x 12”


DecoArt – Americana Acrylics in French Gray Blue


Imagine Crafts featuring Tsukineko – StazOn Ink in Royal Purple


Jacquard Products – Pinata Color Alcohol Inks in Baja Blue and Rich Gold Metallic


Other – Adhesive-backed resin bottle cap stickers in several sizes, ink applicator, paint brush, craft knife, gridded ruler, cutting mat, non-stick scissors


For Bonus Earrings – Glass, Metal & More Glue (Beacon Adhesives); Clip or post earring backs


For Bonus Card – Silk Microfine Glitter in color(s) of choice (Elizabeth Craft Designs); ColorMates Smooth & Silky 90# cardstock in White (Worldwin Papers)

**When you are finished viewing Judi’s beautiful crate be sure to take a look at Mary’s Blog Hop Project here.**