Happy fall everyone!
Although we’re in full-out fall season here with endless rainy days at times, when that sun comes out, it’s sprint time for a chance to enjoy a bike ride through all those fallen leaves!
However, rainy days do make pretty fabulous guilt-free indoor-creating days, do they not? Which helped make a year-long brainstorm finally happen.
You may remember the directional signs I made last Christmas with these winter sayings.
Along the same line, I desired some iconic fall sayings to be a part of the stencil line. So I got to work! Each 2-word phrase was designed to marry each other well, as well as look great on their own.
With a little twist…
I’m SO all about unique creativity, so tagging alongside the new fall words (Corn Maze, Apple Cider, Pumpkin Patch, and Corn Maze) a super fun Arrow Kit and Fall Graphics were also added! The endless possibilities with all these new stencils pave the way for some pretty great workshop material or simply to use in your own home over and over again. No two signs need to look alike! I love that.
Visit the store HERE to see all the fall designs.
So as I was going about my way to make these fall directional signs happen, I decided to up their level a bit with a drop shadow and paint splatter technique, which I’ll also share in this post!
So… allow me to share what’s lived in my own head since last fall…
How to stencil rustic fall directional signs with drop shadows
Supplies I used:
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Reclaimed wood fence boards
Find a local Fusion merchant HERE
1. Select reclaimed wood boards, and prepare them for stenciling.
These reclaimed wood fence boards I found HERE measured at 4.25″ deep x various lengths.
As I wanted these fall signs to look authentic, the old fence boards were pressure washed, then lightly sanded with a palm sander just enough to remove any loose paint flakes. Then left as-is.
2. Arrange the stencils on each board, deciding which word you prefer where.
Since I planned to stack my directional signs, and already decided that the first words would be coloured, I laid out the words in an order that would best marry each other colour-wise.
3. How to stencil drop shadows
Because I desired the first coloured words to ‘pop’, I added a black drop shadow to each one.
a) Stencil the entire phrase in black.
I used Fusion’s Coal Black.
b) After the black paint is dry to the touch, replace the stencil on top of the first word only, then position the stencil slightly up and to the left. Tape stencil in place.
c) Stencil the top colour.
I use Fusion’s Tuscan Orange. It was SO perfect and beautiful!
You may also find the top coat requiring two coats in order to cover the black base coat. It’s best to add a little at a time, attempting to keep your brush dry-to-the-touch each round.
Learn more about how to stencil HERE
d) If desired, slightly splatter black paint over top of the top colour for added effects.
Leave the stencil in place, then flick black paint across the words with your finger. Remove stencil to reveal the look.
With the other words, I used various acrylic craft paints for the red, yellow and grey.
4. Add arrow tips and ends on both sides of each word, rotating the directions.
This part was the most fun! I simply taped off the stencil where I desired the arrows to end, then stenciled with Coal Black on either side of the 2-word phrases, rotating the arrow directions with each sign.
The kit allows you to create lots of different arrow variations! I am REALLY enjoying this stencil!
Find the Arrow Kit HERE
Then it was time to hang up my nearly year-long fall dream and make them do something fun!
Apple Cider anyone?
You can create gaps on any sign boards by screwing two small wood pieces from behind if desired.
While the signs stand on their own really well…
The shadow and splatter letters really help make those first words pop!
Above is a short video of the process. They were very fun and easy to make!
Music: Happiness by https://www.bensound.com/
Fall directional signs dream mission complete!
Now to get some real Apple Cider on the go here…
How would you use these signs?