Patterns & Projects / Spring Carving

Heartfelt Door Topper

Add a meaningful message to a door topper

By Betty Padden

In Woodcarving Illustrated Spring 2013 (Issue 62), Betty Padden demonstrated how to carve and paint a door topper that features a rural house scene. We’ve included instructions to carve and paint a matching text bar to go along with the house scene as well as a bonus door topper pattern that features a row of birdhouses on a white picket fence.


CLICK HERE to download the Heart and Letterboard Instructions.

CLICK HERE to download the Birdhouse Door Topper Pattern.


For more information read Lettering & Sign Carving Workbook by Betty Padden. It is a contemporary look at a nostalgic craft with updated techniques and a fresh variety of styles for carving and painting a variety of signs for the home, summer cottage or basement bar. The book is available from for $19.95 plus S&H.

Read the full step-by-step instructions for the door topper in Woodcarving Illustrated Spring 2013 (Issue 62). 

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