Dog Bone Signboard

By  Mary Ayres 

size: 16"x6"

  • Dog Bone Signboard


  • Walnut Hollow Dog Bone Signboard, 16"x6"
  • White cardstock
  • Assorted blue papers, five different prints
  • Blue metal bookplates, 2-3/4" long, three
  • Blue mini brads, six
  • Brushed nickel hooks with screws, three


  • Computer and printer
  • Paintbrushes: medium flat, disposable foam
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • DecoArt Americana Calypso Blue Acrylic Paint
  • Adhesives: Beacon Zip-Dry Paper Glue, Plaid Mod Podge Matte-Finish Découpage Medium, transparent tape

Basic Supplies

  • paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, newspapers, foam plate, screwdriver, paper piercer and mat
  • 1. Paint edges of wooden board blue; let dry.
  • 2. Cut two uneven strips from each patterned paper, 1"-3" wide and 7" long. Cut at least one edge of each strip on an angle to add interest to design.
  • 3. Using photo as guide, arrange paper strips face down and side-by-side on work surface; tape strips together. Trace board onto back of paper; cut out and set aside.
  • 4. Adhere paper bone to sign. Lightly sand edges for distressed look and to remove excess paper.
  • 5. Apply several coats of découpage medium with foam brush, letting dry between coats.
  • 6. Format desired labels on computer and print onto white cardstock. Trim labels and adhere to back of bookplates. Insert brads through bookplate holes, bending prongs toward center. Glue bookplates to sign.
  • 7. Position hooks beneath bookplates and mark holes with pencil. Attach hooks with screws.
  • Tip
  • 1. If blue isn't your - or Rover's - favorite color, look for pet-themed papers from various manufacturers as a playful alternative.