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DIY Duty Station Sign for Military Families

After getting some inspiration for military family crafts last week, we finally got around to making our own version of the duty station plaque that a lot of military families custom order online. We used poplar boards, spray paint, a combination of mdf and stick on letters, and sisal rope to make a Places We've Called Home sign for our entry.

The boards needed two coats of paint and the HOME letters were already black. The top piece was from a 1x4 and each board below from a 1x2.

I chose to make the boards about eight inches wide because I had a narrow space in mind to hang the sign.

Here's a quick look at the steps to creating the sign

Threading the rope through the drilled holes wasn't easy and it's a very snug fit but the small boards can be adjusted up and down without falling so it works well. I used hot glue to attach the HOME letters on the top.

I asked Stephen if he could help me hang the sign from a drawer pull and even though he didn't initially see where I was going with it, in the end we hung the sign from this black pull and I love it.

I hung the sign up to measure the boards' distance from one another and slid them up and down until they were straight and even.

I don't have a vinyl cutter so the easiest option for me was to use some black adhesive lettering.

Placing the letters was a little time consuming but I'm happy with the outcome. When I think that we're done moving maybe we'll replace this sign but for now we can continue to use it and just add more boards to the rope each time we move.

DIY Duty Station Sign for Military Families

The sign filled a tall and narrow space in the gallery wall above our entry table.

Here's one more look at the finished sign.


  1. I LOVE this! I want to be brave and build one for my family as well, where did you get the boards and the HOME sign and letters?

    1. We bought the wood at Lowe's, the paint and letters at Michael's. But you can find the adhesive letters at Hobby Lobby with 40% coupon. I used black Thickers brand. The hardest part is drilling the holes without splitting the wood and then threading rope through the tiny holes!

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