DIY: Painted Wedding Guestbook

I really like all the possibilities for alternative guest books at your wedding. Photo albums, hanging Polaroids, notes, and paintings give you so many options! I just finished making this for a friend of mine who’s getting married this month and I think it turned out great so I wanted to share my process with you.

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What you need:

  • Plywood sheet
  • Sandpaper
  • Rags
  • Wood stain
  • White acrylic paint (or whatever color)
  • White Sharpie paint pen – for small items like letters

What you do:

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Give the plywood a good sanding (go with the grain!), wipe it down with warm water, and stain according to the directions of your stain. Let dry thoroughly, preferably a couple days – no stickiness!

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If you’re using plywood, you may experience some warping because of the glue. An easy way to fix this is to nail your plywood to a wooden stretcher like you would make for a canvas painting. This also helps set up a frame for hanging wire for ease of display. If you don’t experience too much warping (mine turned out fine), you can super glue or tack a picture hanger to the back.

Paint your design, including the spaces where guests are expected to sign their names. There are countless options you could do that allow for everyone to put their name somewhere. You don’t necessarily need to have one space per guest, as you can assume some people will sign together or as a family in one space.

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Place at your wedding with sharpies for people to sign. After the big day, give the whole thing a few coats of polyurethane to keep everything protected, and display somewhere in your home!

What are your favorite guest book alternatives?

Lydia Jane


I used:

Plywood Square

Varathane Wood Stain – American Walnut

Liquitex Acrylic Paint – Titanium White

Sharpie Paint Pen – White

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