DIY Train Railroad Crossing Sign


Busy, busy, busy!! That’s all I can say about these last few weeks! We are leaving for Mexico on Sunday and I’m getting everything ready, but it’s not easy packing for a family of 5 to leave the country!!! Somehow I found time to make the Railroad Crossing sign for my son’s bedroom. He loves it so it was worth taking a break from packing to make it for him. It was so easy to make and I will show you how to make one if you love it too!

Here’s what you need:

  • Pallet Wood
  • White Spray Paint
  • Stencils
  • Black Sharpie
  • Picture Hanger
  • Nails
  • Nail Gun or Hammer
  • Pencil
  • Saw

You will need a pallet to use the wood to make an X. Cut 2 24 inch pieces or longer depending on how big you want the sign. Attach them together like an X with a nail gun in the middle of the 2. Once they are together, they will look like this.


Now you are ready to spray paint the sign white. I used a satin spray paint so it wouldn’t look shiny and I also put a lighter coat on it so it would look older with the wood peeking through. Let it dry before you start stenciling.


When it’s dry, use the stencils to spell out Rail and Road on opposite sides of the pallet X and then Crossing on the front pallet. Fill it in with black sharpie. Easy peasy, don’t you think?! All that’s left to do now is put on the hanging hardware on the back of the sign so it hangs nicely on the wall.



I can’t think of the name of it, but it’s the picture hanging hardware that looks like a comb on the back of pictures… know what I’m talking about? 🙂 They sell them in small packs at any craft store. You can use a hammer to attach it with the 2 small nails that are included.


The sign is done! It looks fantastic in Nicholas’ train room and more importantly, he’s over the moon about it. It was very inexpensive to make. (especially since I have a good friend that provided the pallet, thanks Tom!) I really hope it brings out the train enthusiasm in the room like it has in ours!



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