Fall is right around the corner and stores are starting to put fall decor out for sale. I don’t know about you, but I am really looking forward to decorating with pumpkins, leaves, and autumn colors in my home. To kickstart my fall decorating, I wanted to make a fall-themed paint stick sign.
If you have been following along with the blog, I recently shared how to make an incredibly easy and inexpensive rustic sign base using 10 paint sticks and a few other materials. To see how to make the sign base, check out the tutorial by clicking here.
For the fall sign, I began by staining the wood with Craft Smart fruitwood gel stain. I really like using this particular gel stain because I was able to quickly apply it with a sponge brush like paint and it wasn’t smelly like most stains. I then wrapped the sign with natural twine to cover up the gaps from the paint sticks.
To add the lettering to the sign, I created an image file using PicMonkey and uploaded it into Cricut Design Space. If you would like to use the file I created, you can download it below. I used my Cricut Explore Air to cut out the words on contact paper and applied the contact paper to the sign to use as a stencil.
I used a sponge brush to apply dark brown acrylic paint over the stencil. Once it dried, I removed the stencil.
To decorate the sign, I used fall leaves and dahlias that I purchased at the Dollar Tree. When I attached the dahlias, I did not like the plastic pieces that were in the flower, so I removed them and just attached the pieces of petals using hot glue. This left a gap in the center of the flowers as you can see in the picture below, so to fill in the gap, I glued a wood button in the center of each flower.
Here is the finished sign!
I was really pleased with how this sign turned out. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.
If you decide to make your own sign like this, I’d love to see it! Tag me on Facebook or Instagram using @onecraftatatime so I can see what you made!
~ Candace 🙂