A DIY ‘Everything Happens for a Reason’ Sign in 3 Easy Steps

Do you ever see a quote that you absolutely love, and save it on your phone so that you can look at it later when you need some inspiration? If you have 52 screenshots of inspirational quotes in your camera roll like I do, why not put them in a place where everyone else can enjoy them too? There are a lot of popular quotes that people like to display in their homes, and the “Everything happens for a reason” quote is at the top of the list. It’s simple, yet profound, and provides reassurance that everything works out for the best in the end.


This uplifting quote (as well as others) can be displayed in your kitchen, hallway, living room, or other high-traffic areas so that the entire family can get a daily reminder that there are always silver linings in every situation. If you want an artistic way to display this reminder, but don’t want to spend $40 on a premade sign, you can make your very own DIY quote art for half of the cost.



Here’s how to create ‘everything happens for a reason’ wall art in three simple steps with only six supplies:


  • Paper cutter (or scissors and a ruler if you don’t have a paper cutter)
  • 5-by-7-inch picture frame
  • One piece of scrapbook paper
  • Markers
  • Crafting glue
  • Paper flowers (or other small embellishments)


Step 1: Cut the Scrapbook Paper and Size it

Before you begin, be sure to choose a frame, scrapbook paper, and embellishments that not only complement each other, but also your décor. Additionally, when it comes to the scrapbook paper that will display your quote, choose a color and pattern that’s light enough so that the words can be seen clearly. Once you’ve chosen your color scheme, you can start the project!



Since this frame is 5” x 7,” cut your scrapbook paper into a 5-by-7-inch rectangle using your paper cutter. Most paper cutters have a built-in ruler, but if yours doesn’t, use a regular ruler to measure your paper for cutting. Remove the back of the frame and put the paper into it to make sure that it fits. If it’s a little too tall or too wide, go back and trim off a couple of centimeters so that the paper fits perfectly inside of the frame. Once the paper is sized properly, remove it from the frame so that you can start on Step 2.



Step 2: Write Out the Quote Onto the Scrapbook Paper

This is where your individual creativity comes into play, as you can write this any which way that you desire. When you make your own quote art, you can write the quote in a standard print, use cursive, write it in all capital letters – anything goes! If you’re unsure exactly how big you want to make the lettering, you may want to use a pencil first to ensure that you can fit the entire quote inside of the frame and write it evenly. However, if you’re confident that you can do it correctly the first time, grab your marker and have at it!



Since this particular scrapbook paper is in the turquoise family, I chose a marker that was a similar color, but several shades darker. I wrote the quote in thick lettering, then went back and traced over the words with a black marker, but this time in a thinner font. This artistic touch gives it a two-dimensional look, and creates a more intricate design. Once you’re finished, place the paper into the frame, and turn it over to add the finishing touches.


Step 3: Add the Embellishments

When creating DIY framed art (or other DIY projects for home decorating, it’s doesn’t hurt to add an extra creative touch to further customize your masterpiece. Embellishments such as these paper flowers are the perfect way to add further dimension to the frame without distracting from the quote. Take the paper flowers and arrange them in a pattern around the frame, placing them in opposite diagonal corners.



Grab your crafting glue and place it on the back of each flower, then press them firmly onto the corners of the frame. It’s usually best to start with the larger flower in the middle of the corner to make sure that’s it centered evenly, and then add the smaller flowers on each side.



Let the glue dry for at least 30 minutes before placing it on a table or hanging it on a wall. Once it’s fully dry, display the frame in a location where everyone can appreciate the inspirational words (and your hard work)!



Making custom wall art quotes is not only fun and easy, but it’s also a great way to add a personal touch to any space. Aside from a standalone frame, quotes art can be made for collage frames with pictures of loved ones, three-piece canvas art, and wooden signs. With a little imagination and some art supplies, you can create your own customized quote art to deliver words of inspiration when you need them the most.


Images used with permission, courtesy of Kelly O'Roark

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