Farmhouse Style Wood Fall Signs + Free Silhouette Cut Files

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With all of our things still in storage, I really needed wanted to make a few fall decorations.  Okay, so I would have made them anyway. :) Anything pumpkins, apples, or fall calls my name, so I decided to start there, and made these adorable farmstyle wood fall signs using pieces of scrap wood. I absolutely love how they turned out, and best of all, they’re super easy to make!

Farmhouse Style Fall Wood Signs |

I wanted them to look more like barn wood–farmstyle–and using a stain then sanding the heck out of them helped me achieve that.  I used stencils I cut out using my Silhouette, and painted them on with white paint. They were an easy weekend project that was mostly drying time (you need to let stain dry for 24 hours), and now they look so cute in my house!

These are a great way to use up scrap wood, but if you don’t have any, 2×4 posts are cheap! If you want to make the 10 inch sign, but don’t want to buy the whole board, you can always go in on it with a couple of friends–you can make 3-4 signs out of one board, depending on if you get a 6 or 8 foot long board.

Farmhouse Style Fall Wood Signs |

Mantels, entry tables, shelves, kitchen counters—these look super cute anywhere and everywhere!



-wood boards

PUMPKINS: 1 x 10 board, 24 inches long

FALL: 2×4 board, 4.5 inches long

APPLES: 2×4 board, 13 inches long

-stain (Minwax Dark Walnut)

-white paint ( I used latex paint–you can use craft paint too)

-sandpaper/power sander




1.  Cut your boards into desired length.

2.  Using a lint-free rag (I like using old tee shirts) to apply stain and let dry completely.

3.  Stencil on desired text/design.  I cut out my designs on my Silhouette (download free cut files below), then removed the letters and applied the negative space to my board–the painted on the letters.

4.  After the paint is dry, remove vinyl/stencils and use a power sander or medium grit sandpaper to distress your sign as much as you like. I do a bunch on the edges and then go across the top to distress the lettering and top of the board. Be careful on the lettering–the paint comes off fast!

5.  Wipe off dust, and you’re finished!



Apples & Fall 

Farmhouse Style Fall Wood Signs |

Farmhouse Style Fall Wood Signs |

Farmhouse Style Fall Wood Signs | simplykierste.comA few other fall projects you might like… (click on picture to go to post)

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About Simply Kierste Design Co.

Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and focuses on simple ideas and projects to make a house a home! When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.

20 thoughts on “Farmhouse Style Wood Fall Signs + Free Silhouette Cut Files

  1. love these! now I need to go through my wood scraps so I can make some. I love anything apples and pumpkins as well. Right now we are in the middle of apple season with all our apple trees.
    PS: I noticed the Pumpkin file didn’t work.

  2. I love this. I am having a hard time opening it. It’s a studio3 file. What program do I need to open that file?

  3. Love these too! Any possibility of converting the design files into an SVG file? I have a Cricut Explore instead of a Silhouette.
    Thanks for all your cute ideas!

    1. That was actually my original intention, but it’s a pretty complicated conversion process from the research I’ve done. I’m still working on it, but for now the Silhouette file is all I have. So sorry!!

  4. Hi!
    What did you use for your stencil? Permanent or non permanent vinyl? Any tricks to ensuring the paint doesn’t bleed under? This a great all year round project.

    1. Hi, Bridget!

      I used non-permanent vinyl as my stencil. I have used permanent before, and it sticks so well that it pulls the paint up with it when you remove it. To help with bleeding, you can use a little mod podge around the edges of your stencil, where it meets the wood. Once it’s dry, you can paint over it. It should help! I also press as firmly as possible before painting, and I’ll do it again right before I paint each individual letter or graphic. If it’s really rough wood, and I don’t think it will seal very well, I like to use spray paint. It rarely bleeds under my stencil–and if it does, not much at all.

      Good luck! I hope this helps!!! xoxo

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this pumpkin sign stencil! I love it and am excited to make some to decorate my home!

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