This sign was very easy to make and gives the bathroom door a real facelift. Once you’ve found a decent sized bit of wood, make your word fit to the wood (you could always use new timber, plain the edges to make it more rounded and then gently stain it to make it appear a bit more weathered). I usually type a word in Illustrator and outline it so that you can manipulate it to whichever size. Or do a similar thing in Photoshop. I’m not yet aware of a decent open source Illustrator alternative to recommend, so if anybody knows of one, please be sure to let me know.
Remember to leave enough space to drill your holes each end for the rope to go through. Here we have some bona fide Chatham Dockyard rope, made in the old Victorian ropery using pretty much the original machines (see, always a story). Next, print and cut out your letters with a craft knife to create a stencil and then using a soft sponge dab on your paint. Drill your holes, tie in the rope and hang. Easy peasy and this type of project gives such character to any spot where it’s hung.