Happy fall y’all!
Isn’t it fun decorating for the seasons? Now that it’s officially fall, I’ve been pulling out my autumn decor. While I was shopping at Kirkland’s recently, I saw some cute fall plaques. They were reasonably priced, but I decided it would be a fun project to make my own DIY autumn sign.
For this simple DIY autumn sign, I used a 1-inch by 3-inch by 4-foot piece of select pine from Lowe’s. It was just $3.82, and I used only 18 inches of the wood, so I have more than half left for another project. The soft pine wood was the perfect base for this sign because I could trace the outline of the letters onto the wood.
I used Microsoft Word to select the font for my sign. I used High Tower Text, bolded and italicized, in 150-point font size. After I printed out the words on my printer, I positioned the sentiment on the board and traced around the letters with a pen to mark through onto the wood. I later found that the paint obscured the letters I had traced, so I realized the lettering should be saved until after painting the wood.
After all the words were traced onto the board, I cut the end off at the right size. I left a two-inch margin on the board before and after the words. The board I purchased was very smooth. The ends just needed a light sanding before painting.
I rummaged through my craft paints for the right shade. I picked Deco Art Americana Napa Red acrylic paint (affiliate link). It’s a nice, rich, autumn red.
Since the paint obscured the letters I had already traced onto the wood, I went through that step again to mark my letters. I went around a couple of times on each letter with a heavy hand to make sure the outline was visible on the painted wood.
I used a Martha Stewart gold metallic marker for the words. I actually have had this marker for a while, so I was happy to find that it still worked. From what I can tell, those markers are now discontinued, but Amazon has Pilot metallic markers (affiliate link) that should work just as well on wood over paint.
My metallic marker did a good job allowing me to carefully trace and fill in the letters on my sign. It covered very well over the dark red paint.
I love the metallic accent of the gold on the red sign. And since I’m a southern girl, I also love the cheery sentiment!
This simple DIY autumn sign is a fun addition to my fireplace mantle, with the harvest banner I made last year!
Wishing you a fantastic fall!
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