DIY Wooden Fall Sign

Hi Guys! I’m so pumped for this post today!! I’ve been DYING to post it for what seems like forever. This summer I had all sorts of ideas for Fall DIYs, then I got myself a new job and have had ZERO time to do any of them. But, there was one that I refused to give up on.

Remember how last Christmas I made a Copy Cat sign of Joanna Gaines’ Christmas Tree Sign?! No? Click here if you didn’t see it. It’s perfect for your Farmhouse Christmas Decor and let me just tell you… it’s SO EASY PEASY to make!

Well, I LOVED the festiveness it brought to our apartment all season, so I decided I wanted to make one for fall too! I had so many ideas flowing through my head about what it should say. Apple Orchard? Pumpkin Patch? Turkey Farm? (LOL JK) In the long run, I chose Pumpkin Patch. I figured it would last me September, October and November that way!

Like the Christmas Tree sign, this is so dang easy! You’ll have it done and ready to hang before you can say “Of course I want Cider for the Hayride.”

Now, if you already followed my Christmas Tree DIY, you already know how to do this sign! I made it the EXACT same way (except for how I traced my letters). So feel free to skip on down to the printables. If not… keep reading!

What You’ll Need

  • Wood. Duh right? But seriously, you can use ANY type of wood you’d like. If you have some pallets laying around, they might work best. You should just attach a few pieces together, and you wouldn’t have to worry about doing any distressing. However, if you’re like me, and don’t have any old barn wood or pallets laying around, head to Home Depot and get a size of wood that works best for you. I wanted mine big, so we found a precut 48x16x1 piece of wood at the Home Depot.
  • White Paint. I used a sample size of Behr Marquee Interior Matte paint in Ultra Pure White.
  • Brown, Orange, Green and Berry Acrylic Paints. I picked up a few Martha Stewart paints at Michaels and used some that I already had. I bought a Martha Stewart Chalkboard Paint in Oxblood, a Martha Stewart Home Decor paint in Flame Tree and a Martha Stewart Satin paint in Sycamore Bark. Why the different kinds? Because I was looking for specific colors. I didn’t want super “fall” type bright colors. I wanted more muted and the paints were totally over picked because they were on sale. My green paint I just used the one I had leftover from my Christmas Tree sign, and mixed it with a little white and a little brown to get a pretty light greenish color like my little soft pumpkins from Target’s Dollar Spot. I also used a darker brown for under the white paint. (DecoArt Americana in Raw Umber.)
  • Paint brushes
  • No. 2 Pencil or Pen
  • Graphite Paper Funny story… I went to Michaels and picked up this paper. I bought SIX packets of the large size because I wasn’t thinking and was like OMG I need to make sure I have enough. Y’all… I needed ONE pack. HAHA So moral of the story, just buy one. That’s all you need!
  • Vaseline 
  • Old Cloth
  • Stencil

Once you have all your materials, it’s time to make your stencil!

How to Make Your Stencil 

Unless you’re super talented and can Free Hand like no ones business, I highly suggest you make some type of stencil for your sign. If you’re a serious crafter, you probably have a Cricut or a Silhouette that will make your job a WHOLE lot easier. But if not, you can do it like me, the old fashioned way!

First, I picked a font that I liked from dafont.com I love this website, and use it all the time! If you’re not positive how to download a font to your computer, I pinky promise it’s super easy. Check out this link if you’re a Mac user, and this one if you use a PC. I ended up choosing this font in the end.

Then, I opened up Word and started designing my sign. In general, I did a lot of guessing on changing the size (and width) of my letters. It took a lot of trial and error, but in the end, I ended up fitting only one letter on each piece of paper. To make it a bit easier, I would suggest dividing the length of your board by 9 to get a rough estimate on how wide your letters should be. Again, each letter kind of ends up being it’s own size and takes a bit of adjusting. This processes can be crazy frustrating, but just keep going… it’s worth it in the end!

It helped me to design the entire sign first on my computer, so I knew the look I was going for, before I started printing and guessing the size. Once everything was printed, I cut them out and started laying them on the board to make sure it looked exactly how I wanted.

Sound like too much work? No worries. I got you, boo boo. Click here for my pre-made word stencil. (It’s free, and will fit perfectly on the size board that I used.) Click here for the smaller words stencil. And click here for the price per pound stencil. I just made an arrow on Word and found a pumpkin I liked on Google!

Now set aside your stencil… it’s time to start painting! 

I found a TON of different tutorials about distressing new wood online. While there we so many that looked great, I was really drawn to the ones that told me to use vaseline. Weird right? I was skeptical too… but guys. It was so dang easy!

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First, choose the color you want to pop out from under your main paint color. This is where your dark brown paint will come in handy! Now, you totally paint the entire sign if you want, but I just did the edges, since that was the only part I would be “distressing”. (You won’t want to use this technique in the middle of your board, because you won’t be able to paint your letters on as easily.)

The best thing about these little acrylics from the craft store is how quickly they dry. Honestly, the corner I started in was dry before I was even half way around the board.

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When you finish with the brown, start putting on the Vaseline. The general rule of thumb is that the more Vaseline you use, the less the main paint color will stick. So I used more in some places and less in others. Be aware of where you’re putting the Vaseline, and only put it on the edges of your board.

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Once you’ve got your Vaseline on, go ahead and paint your entire board white. You’ll notice right away that the white doesn’t quite cover the parts covered in Vaseline. It’s pretty dang amazing!

Let everything begin to dry. Mine was mostly dry when I began wiping the paint off. I had read on another blog  that if you start to wipe away when it’s still slightly damp, you’ll get a softer distressed look. Then, the next morning, I went in when it was completely dry, and wiped a few spots for a harder distressed look. You can do either, or both! It’s up to you.

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Once it’s completely dry (I’d let it dry over night), you can start your lettering. I laid out two sheets of graphite paper and they covered my sign PERFECTLY. So I taped them to the side, laid out my precut stencil and started tracing with a pen. You guys… this is SO much easier than the way I went about it last time. And now, since I have a stupid amount of graphite paper, I’ll totally be using it on all projects I need to trace.

After it’s traced, you can start painting! I did a few coats of each color, and mixed my paint colors to make just the right shades for my pumpkin. I used Orange for the “Pumpkin Patch”, Brown for the “Price”, “Arrow” and words “You Pick” and “Open Daily” and Berry for everything else.

You could always “distress” the sign some more with sand paper, however, I liked how mine looked without it, and was honestly ready to get it hung up!

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And that’s it! See? Super easy! Now, I know it’s not perfect. But to be honest, I love that it’s not… because it totally looks like one you’d see on the side of the road! We’ve been loving our sign this fall! I’ll be a little bit sad to take it down after Thanksgiving… but then I get to hang up my Christmas Tree sign so I’ll be super happy again 🙂

Let me know if you try out this sign! I’d love to see your finished products!

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend ahead of them! We’re heading Up North for the first time in FOREVER and I can’t wait to get home to see my family!

Xx.
Savannah

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