Fall is my favorite, favorite season! Beside the colors, the crisp air, the food, and the clothes…I also love the feelings of renewal and purpose I get at this time of year.
I am new at DIY, Blogging, and furniture upcycling, and so having “just started” in August, I’ve been learning a lot about how fast I can work. The planning stages of a project take me for.ev.er right now (what piece, what color, what finish, etc., etc., etc.,) but once I actually get going I’m pretty quick. In August, I thought I was going to be make 20 or so fall décor signs and bring them to a craft show. Ha! I’ve learned that TIME FLIES when you’re slow. Next year, I’ll need to start my “20 or so fall décor signs” in May, to have them ready and waiting for the Fall season…lesson learned!
That’s why I love this Pinterest project. All the planning was already done! I just had to gather my supplies & get to work. Start to finish -maybe 2 hours total 🙂
I decorated for Fall on a budget this year. My partner picked up a bag of gourds, some harvest corn, sunflowers, 2 burlap placemats, a ceramic pumpkin, and two fall flower pots -all for under $20 (we really lucked out with a tip that Kent was doing fall flower pots for $5.99 each or the $20 budget would have been blown!). The only other thing I needed (wanted) was a big, cozy, fall sign. I knew which one, too, because it caught my eye on Pinterest: “Pumpkins Apples Hayrides.” The original poster from Ella Claire blog shared a DIY tutorial (which you can find here http://www.ellaclaireinspired.com/autumn-sign-tutorial/). I didn’t use the free template she provided for the font because I couldn’t figure out how to blow it up. Here is a picture of her work, the one that originally inspired me:
I needed a board with a frame for the base, stencil, paint, sander, paint brushes and a pencil…and that’s it!
How I did it: I had the lid of an old crate on hand which I used for the sign’s base & frame. I painted the base coat in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) using the colors Old White and Antibes Green, and Coco for the frame. The fun in this sign is that it’s meant to be imperfect, look home-made, and time worn. I LOVE that look!!!
I printed the words “Pumpkins Apples Hayrides” on regular printer paper. I used fonts as close to hers as I could find, except for “hayrides”…I used a font I liked better. I used carbon paper for the transferring of the stencil (note: but that’s not necessary -you can simply color in the back side of the stencil with a pencil and trace from the front, a technique I describe in my post about the Starfish Bench). I free handed the arrow. Then, I painted it all in.
I love it. I had a lady come and pick up a washstand I just finished and she commented on my sign. I beamed, I’m sure! LOL.
See you next time. I’ll share some of the furniture I’ve redone lately!