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