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Ballard Designs Christmas Holiday Sign Knock-Off!

Ballard Designs Christmas Holiday Sign Knock-off!

Ballard Designs Knock Off Christmas Holiday Sign at Tatertots and Jello

I’m working on a Christmas Tree through Michaels. It’s so fun!! Of course I want to channel GOLD, but also white and grey. I think it’s going to be so pretty! I will be revealing the full tree on November 1st!!

gold and white ballard designs knock off at tatertots and jello

And as part of this Holiday Tree – I thought it would be a challenge to recreate this Ballard Designs Christmas sign. I changed the colors to reflect my Christmas 2013 theme of Gold, White and Grey. This is such an easy project. And instead of $69 — I made mine for under $12!

ballard design holiday sign

Here’s how I made the Ballard Designs Knock-Off Holiday Sign:

make a ballard designs christmas sign at tatertots and jello

  1. I took a cheap shelf board and had the Lowes guys cut it to the right size.
  2. Then I designed the art in my Silhouette Studio software to fit the size — 10 inches wide by 20 inches long.
  3. I cut the vinyl with my Silhouette Cameo craft cutter.
  4. Then transferred it onto transfer paper.
  5. I painted the board matte white and then put the vinyl on the board, pressing the vinyl lettering securely onto the board.
  6. Then I spray painted the board gold and let it dry.
  7. I peeled the letters off, leaving white letters.
  8. Then I sanded the edges and added some stain to the sanded areas.


ballard designs christmas sign knock-off at tatertots and jello

SUPER fast and easy!! 

I can’t wait to show you the tree. And here’s a hint — there are more Ballard Designs Knock-offs on the tree too!!

SO fun!!

Be sure to follow along with the Michael’s tree challenge by following the #JustAddMichaels on twitter!! I can’t wait to show you the tree on Friday!! 

Have a Creative Day! 


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Thanks Michaels for the gift cards and tree for this challenge. All ideas and opinions are 100% mine.


  1. Bernadette says:

    Hi Jen, I love your sign. I’ve been looking into making signs. Do you have a vinyl cutter ? If so where could I get one? Do they come with software? Thank you for sharing your talent.

  2. I had no idea you had done this knock off when I did mine! I love it! http://www.excuseourmess.com/ballard-knock-off-christmas-subway-art-wall-hanging/
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  3. Ruth Davidson says:

    What gold spray paint did you use? I’m incorporating a lot of gold (a first for me!) this year, and I am searching for that perfect gold paint!

  4. I love this Jen! The gold is so pretty (that’s a phrase I would never have thought I’d hear myself saying a few years ago!). Another reason I need to get a silhouette… Maybe for Christmas? Thanks for the inspiration – pinning:)
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  5. Hi,
    I was wondering if you would share your studio file with me? You have been inspiring me lately to be more crafty! Also your reindeer sign would you be willing to share that file as well? I love it! Thank you

  6. LOVE it, Jen!! Saw this in their magazine and thought “That would be a great thing to knock-off!” You did fab!

  7. Jen, Love your version much better. Can’t wait to see your tree!

  8. Wow I love this project. I’ve been wanting to make a holiday sign, but haven’t known what I wanted to do. I might try something like this for Thanksgiving! Thanks for the tutorial!


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  9. I love this sign! It is so cute!! Would you be willing to share your studio file? I know I can replicate it but you did yours so perfect! Thanks for the fun blog. I always enjoy your posts.

  10. Super cute! What font did you use?

  11. I love this sign! It looks perfect for the holidays! Thanks for sharing!
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  12. Love the sign Jen… as always you are amazing!

  13. Love this so much! I like your version better. 😉 I’m incorporating gold this year too! It’s the perfect color this time of year.


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