A multicultural welcome sign.

Retro Craft | Multicultural Welcome Sign

My mom was a craft genius! Sprinkled throughout our house are some the the brilliant crafts and projects she came up with. One of my favorites is a welcome sign that hung by our front door for years. It had doll-like little girls holding out their hand to each other. Unfortunately Mother Nature was a little rough on the plaque over the years, so not it has been moved into storage. However, I decided it was time to update and remake this retro craft with a multicultural twist.

Retro Craft:

The old, original welcome sign.

Modern Twist:

A multicultural welcome sign.


  • Oval wooden plaque (this one is 18 in wide)
  • Acrylic paint (various colors)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Welcome sign template (optional) Download PDF

All the supplies needed to make a multicultural welcome sign.


1. Paint the plaque in a base color of your choice. I used a shade called “Blue Jean” by Craft Smart. I used the largest flat brush I had for this step.

The oval wooden plaque painted blue.

2. Cut out and arrange the template. Once you have it the way you want, trace the dolls out with pencil.

The welcome sign template cut out and arranged on the wooden plaque.

3. Paint! I painted the shoes and hands first, faces second, and dresses last. Do whatever works for you though! I used a size 5/0 and 10/0 round brush to paint the dolls.

Just starting to paint the dolls on the plaque.

Half of the dolls painted onto the welcome sign.

All of the dolls painted onto the welcome sign.

4. Once you’re done painting all of the dolls, cover them with scrap paper so they don’t get dirty while you paint the top of the sign. Trace our the word “welcome” in pencil.

Tracing out the word "welcome" on the wooden plaque.

5. Paint the word “welcome” in a color that will contrast nicely with your base coat. I used a size 0 round brush for this step.

The word "welcome" painted on the wooden plaque in white.

Voila! Your multicultural welcome sign is complete! Here’s a close-up of some of the dolls I painted. As you can probably tell, I drew a lot of inspiration from Disney’s It’s a Small World. In fact I couldn’t get that song out of my head while I was painting.

A close-up of the Inuit, Indian, and Hispanic dolls on the welcome sign.

A close-up of the Middle Eastern, European, and African dolls on the welcome sign.

A close-up of the Asian, Eastern European, Native American, and Pacific Island dolls on the welcome sign.

I wish I could have included more cultures and countries, but alas, it’s a bit difficult to fit all of humanity on one sign. So my challenge to you is to take this idea and make it your own. Add different cultures or countries, try different colors, use a different font style, whatever…Just make it something that matters to you!

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