Howdy, stranger! Welcome to the Thrilling Golden Horseshoe Revue. We’re creating a decorative sign to welcome all cowboys, passersby, friends and family to your saloon inspired by one of the walk-up restaurants in Frontierland: The Golden Horseshoe! This place not only offers yummy food, but fun interactive shows. It’s also a great place to cool off in the Summer. Giddy up!

Supplies List:Tools List:
Blank Wood SignAcrylic Paint Brushes
Gold Metallic PaintColored Pencil Set
Print Out (download below)Ruler
Gold Paint Pen (optional)
Painters Tape


First, start of by printing out the shapes you’ll need for your sign. The sizes are for the sign I used, so adjust the size as needed for your project using the print settings.

Next, you’ll want to find a font! I found this free one called Rye and it is really nice for this project. I can’t find which font I used… Anyway, adjust the first letter to be bigger than the rest of the word.

Print out your letters, filigree, and horseshoe.

Next, if your sign is beveled like mine, you’ll want to paint those edges. Use the Painter’s Tape to avoid painting the face of the sign.

Transfer to your Sign

We’ll be using a transfer technique you may have used as a kid. All you have to do is flip your printouts over and use a soft pencil to trace over the lines. A heavy hand is recommended. Or simply use graphite paper if you have it!

If you want more accurate placement, cut our your shapes and words. Level them with a ruler. Place them on your Wood Sign and rub over the lines with either a pencil or something hard so the graphite transfers.

I started with the letters and horseshoe and added the filigree later. You can do this all at once.

Check to see if everything is level before continuing!

Paint Time!

I used a gold paint pen to outline my letters, but you don’t have to.

Fill in your letters with Gold Metallic Paint using a small precision acrylic brush. That way you can get into all the nooks and crannies.

Do the same for your horseshoe.

Let it dry!

Making it Pop with Colored Pencils

Grab white, black, tan, dark brown, and light brown colored pencils.

Imagine a light source shining on your sign. I decided to have my light come from the upper left, making the shadow appear on the right of my shapes.

Let’s create some depth to your letters. Use a tan colored pencil and lightly draw down the center of each letter. See the ‘H’ in the photo.

Go in with your dark brown on the right sides of your letters. Wherever you have a line on the outside right and inside left, draw a thin line of dark brown.

Shade in the lower halves of your letters using a light brown colored pencil. It doesn’t have to be too visible.

With a white colored pencil, draw thin lines of light hitting your letters and horseshoe on the center line your made earlier as well as the outside left and inside right lines. Use it sparingly!

Finally, use a black colored pencil and draw a thin line under each letter.

The Horseshoe should be colored in the same way.

Filigree Finishes

Transfer your Filigree printouts if you haven’t already.

And paint with gold metallic paint using a thin liner brush!

Final Bits

Use a ruler and light brown colored pencil to draw horizontal lines about 2 inches apart (avoiding the work you’ve already done).

Draw some short wood lines–just follow what’s already there on your wood sign–using the tan colored pencil.

You Made It!

Yippee Ki Yay! You did it! Now you can welcome guests to your saloon with that western charm. The Golden Horseshoe is an essential part of Frontierland at Disneyland. I love the immersive theming!

Thank you kindly for making it all the way down here! Do us a big favor and follow us on Instagram and Pinterest for more projects like this and photos from the park! Don’t forget to share with you Disney DIY loving friends and family. We’d really appreciate it!

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