Little Birdie Welcome Sign

Another one of my late Great Uncle's creations, this cheerful little birdie is always there to provide a welcome greeting to anyone who walks up to your door.

When it's time for your guests to leave, he's there again to say a cheerful 'Good-Bye"

This whimsical little sign is made from bits of scrap wood, some steel rod and is put together with very basic wood working tools and paint.

This can be easily made over a weekend with any scrap wood that you may have around and is sure to add a perky presence to your back yard. .

Step 1: Materials and Pattern

To create the sign you'll need the following:


  • Scroll Saw
  • Drill / Drill Press
  • 3/16 inch drill bit
  • Awl or sharp point
  • Wood Glue
  • Fine tipped paint brush
  • Fine tipped sharpie marker
  • Wire Cutters or Dremel rotary tool


  • 1 - 0.75 x 6" x 15" wood board - wood could be pine or exterior plywood
  • 1 - 1.5 foot length of 3/16 inch steel rod
  • 1 - Spray can of white paint (exterior lacquer)
  • 1 - Small can of exterior black exterior paint
  • 1 - Small can of Antique White paint
  • 1 - Small can of yellow colored paint
  • 1 - Small can of red paint
  • 1 - Spray can of clear lacquer

Download and print the attached full size templates of the sign board and birdie.

Template for the front of the sign
Bird Template
Template for the back of the sign


Sign Front.pdf


Sign Back.pdf

Step 2: Cutting Out the Patterns

Cut out and place the sign and birdie templates on the board that you will be using.

With a pencil, trace the out lines of the templates on the boards and cut out the sign and birdie with a scroll saw.

Copying the template on wood to be cut
Traced template on board

Cutting it all out
Cut out sign piece
Rough Birdie

Step 3: Applying the Base Coat

Once the pieces have been cut out, apply the base coat of paint to the sign and birdie.

For the sign, spray paint a coat of white exterior enamel to both sides of the sign board (make sure the one side is completely dry before painting the other side!). When painting, make sure the edges of the sign get a good coat of paint.

When sign has been painted, paint the birdie with a coat of red exterior paint. Like the sign, make sure both sides of the bird get a good coat of paint.

Allow both pieces to dry thoroughly.

Sign piece gets a white base coat
Birdie gets a red base coat
Painted pieces ready for details

Step 4: Painting the "Hi" Sign

The next step is to letter the "HI!" to the front of the sign.

There are probably a number of ways to do this, however the approach taken to letter the front of the sign was to overlay the pattern template that has the "HI!" over the wooden sign. Using an awl, I mark the corners of the letters on the sign by pressing into the wood with the awl - Be careful not to press too hard or you'll leave craters in the sign :)

When you have the corners marked, use a sharpie marker to draw out the letters on the wood sign by connecting the dots that you've just marked on the wood. When complete you should have the outline of the letters on the sign.

With a fine tipped paint brush, fill in the letters with black paint.

Allow the black paint to fully dry.

Use the template as a lettering guide
Overlay Template on wood piece

Use an awl or sharp point to mark corners of letters
Corners are marked
Sketch out the letters on the wood piece with a marker
Letters are outlined and ready for paint
Painting the letters
Hello There!

Step 5: The Sign Says Good-Bye

Once the front of the sign is dry, flip the sign over and apply the "BYE" message to the back of the sign.

Using the same technique that we did for the front of the sign, apply the template with the Bye message to the wooden sign.

IMPORTANT - Make sure the Bye message is right side up to the HI! message!

Using the Awl, mark the outline of the letters, followed by connecting the dots with the sharpie.

Paint in the letters with black paint and a fine tipped brush and let dry.

For the back of the sign, it's the same process - use the template
Makw sure that the BYE is right side up in relation to the HI on the other side
Use a marker to connect the dots to form the letters
Fill in with black paint
Come back soon!

Step 6: Paint the Birdie

Taking the template of the bird, sketch out the details on the wooden piece with the fine tipped sharpie. Make sure to apply the details to both sides of the wooden piece.

To paint in the details, start by painting the bird's beak with light yellow paint and a fine tipped brush.

Next paint in the outlines of the eyes, wings and feather details with black paint and the fine tipped brush.

Once the black paint is dry, finish off the bird by filling in the eyes and adding tail feather details with antique white paint.

Drawing template for the bird
Sketch out the details with a marker - make sure to do both sides
Finished sketch
Paint the bird - beak is bright yellow
Wings, feathers and eye outlines are in black paint

Step 7: Adding the Holes

On the bottom edge of the sign, measure in 3 inches from each end of the sign and make a mark at the bottom of the sign at those 2 points.

With the drill press, drill 2 3/16 holes at the places that you've marked. Make the holes approximately 1 inch deep.

On the top edge of the sign, measure in 2 inches from the left hand side of the sign and make a mark.

With a drill press, drill a 3/16 inch hole in the top edge of the sign where you make the mark.

Do a test fit of the sign with the birdie. Basically you want the bird to sit a bit of an angle facing inward on the sign. When you have the sign in the position you want, mark the bottom of the bird in a spot that lines up with hole you just drilled on the top edge of the sign.

Drill a 3/16 inch hole into the bottom of the bird where you made the mark. The hole should be drilled approximately 1 inch deep.

Once you've drilled the holes, give the sign and birdie a coat of clear lacquer to protect the paint.

Measure in 3 inches from each end on the bottom
Mark the locations with a sharp point
Drill 3/16 inch holes, 1 inch deep
Measure in 2 inches from the top left side of the sign
Mark 2 inch spot on the top of the sign
Marked spot
Drill 3/16 inch hole 1 inch deep
Test fit of sign
Align bottom of the bird with top hole of the sign
Mark location of the hole for the bird - need to align to the hole on the top of the sign
Drill 3/16 inch hole 1 inch deep
Give the sign and bird a coat of clear coat paint

Step 8: Putting It Together

With the 3/16 inch steel rod, cut 2 6 inch pieces either with wire cutters or a Dremel rotary tool.

Put a little dab of glue on each of the 2 holes at the bottom of the sign and seat a rod into each hole.

Next cut a 3 inch piece of 3/16 rod and with a little dab of glue, seat the rod into the top hole in the sign.

Apply a little glue to the hole on the bottom of the bird and attach the bird the rod at the top of the sign

The sign is Complete!

Cut two 6 inch rods
Use a wire cutter or Dremel tool to cut the rods

Two 6 inch rods
Applying glue
Seat the 2 rods into the bottom of the sign
Sign with 2 rods in place
Measuring for a 3 inch rod
3 inch rod
Glue the 3 inch rod into the top of the sign
Applying glue to the bottom of the bird
Attach the bird to the sign

Step 9: Enjoy!

Once the glue dries, you can set the sign out by sticking the sign into the ground with the 2 bottom rods.

Now we are all set to bid a warm welcome any guest to your yard!

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