12+ Fall signs to make with wood and stencils!
Did we ever have a hot summer. While BC’s west coast may not be use to the heat, it’s probably the most sun we’ve ever seen! What a treat that part was!
However you sure know when fall is around the corner. The air turns crisp in the mornings and evenings, and the days grow shorter quickly!
And that’s when the fall decorating ideas mood hits big! Layer up with cozy blankets, light up glowy candles, throw another log on the fire, and enter the sights and smells of that delicious pumpkin spice!
It’s also a fabulous season to dream up fall decor ideas to make with wood and stencils!
I personally love to decorate with fall signs for changing seasons because they can tell the full story on one simple plank of wood.
And for that reason, fall stencil designs that work on existing wood plank sizes make fall sign making effortless!
So here’s plenty of rustic fall signs to make with wood and stencils each leading to a tutorial from start to finish! With helpful how-to videos too!
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Where to find fall stencils
You may already know I personally design what I call Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils. These stencils are designed with a vintage sign vibe that you can also modernize up if desired!
To show a little fall love, each fall a new collection comes into play! And this fall is no different…
Just released are new fall stencil designs loaded with fun graphics to help bring your signs to life!
Each sign comes with a nice strong headline so they are well read with or without the graphics.
Stencils make it effortless to get pro looking lettering results on a plank of wood. They are especially handy if you gift or sell too!
So let’s chat about how to prepare wood for DIY fall signs next!
Where to gather wood to make DIY fall signs
- Search for falling down fences.
- Collect old pallets that appear clean.
- Check salvage yards for good deals.
- Put out requests on Facebook.
- Be on the lookout for barn teardowns.
I gather reclaimed wood scraps from all sources, however my #1 fav thing to do is watch for fences that have seen better days.
Folks generally want to get rid of the wood any way they can! It can take a little effort removing the planks from the sections, but some slip right out too.
Read more about my wood gathering adventures at:
How to prep wood for DIY fall signs
- Remove nails.
- Place boards on the lawn.
- Pressure wash one side, then flip and do the other.
- Stack vertical on concrete to allow to dry completely.
- Stack and store wood for your projects to come!
- Lightly sand the planks before creating with them.
Even if the planks look pretty rough, the power of pressure washing will take care of that in a jiffy!
Pressure washing is safe, fast and easy! After removing all nails, I spread the planks out on the lawn, pressure wash one side, then flip them over and do the other.
The planks are then leaned up against the side of the house on a sidewalk to air dry, then stored for projects! Just be sure to dry planks off the lawn, or they will warp.
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So now that we’ve covered wood prep, let’s get onto the best part! Making signs!
How to make a wooden fall sign with a stencil
DIY sign supplies you’ll need:
Paint brush if covering large surfaces
Paint of choice – I tend to use Fusion Mineral Paint Coal Black paint most and at times, craft acrylic paint.
A paint container
Palm sander (I love my Bosch variable speed palm sander best!)
Read a complete list of my fav stencil gear in THIS POST.
How to stencil to achieve sharp images
Stenciling is actually very easy! However the main key is to ensure your paint-loaded stencil brush feels dry. This alone helps you create super sharp images!
- Dip stencil brush in paint.
- Remove most paint onto a rag so brush feels dry.
- Tap or swirl brush through stencil for desired effect.
Learn much more about how to stencil HERE
Visit many videos on how to stencil HERE
Next up, here’s plenty of fall signs to make with wood and stencils!
Make these DIY wood fall signs for fall decor!
Stencils: Sunflower Farm Small
Make a rustic fall sign with an added shelf to display fall flowers! Designed with sunflowers that could be bright orange or neutrals. Now that’s a fall craft!
This has to be my most fav fall sign made, thanks to the salvaged 3D additions to bring the wagon to life!
Learn how to add a pattern to any stencil shape too! Great for front door decorating or a fall mantel.
Learn how to make this happy fall Homemade Pie wood sign with interchangeable fruit!
Stencil: Homemade Pumpkin Pie
Learn how to stencil on old window glass with this charming Homemade Pumpkin Pie sign, perfect for kitchen fall decorating!
Learn how to stencil an easy fall pumpkin patch arrow sign! Includes a nifty paint splattering technique that adds texture. Makes a great fall porch sign by the front door outdoors!
Create a Pumpkin Spice fall sign with an old window and stencils for kitchen fall decorating! Just add hooks to hang up mugs!
Stencils: Fall Greetings – small
Learn how to stencil mini fall signs with Fall Greetings! They make great shelf sitters, fun to incorporate into your fall or Thanksgiving decorating! Includes adding acrylic craft paint for added tones.
Directional fall wooden signs
Learn how to stencil a fall directional sign with 3D arrow tips! Includes Pumpkin Patch, Apple Cider, Hay Rides and Corn Maze, perfect for fall decorating indoors or out!
How to stencil a Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Hay Rides, Apple Cider rustic fall directional signs for fall decorated beverage station! Includes how to shadow stenciled letters.
Stencil rustic fall arrow directional signs on any random piece of wood! Perfect for rustic fall decorating on a shed!
Learn how to build a DIY rustic crate out of wood, with an Orchard theme! Perfect for fall decorating with fall produce as a table centerpiece.
Now that we’ve covered signs, there’s much more you can stencil on too!
Learn how to stencil pumpkin pillows in your chosen custom colours! Includes 2 colour samples.
Learn how to stencil on Ikea rattan placemats for fall using 2 different fall stencils!
Take a fall decorating tour of a rustic shed complete with Orchard window box crate, fall directional signs and more! Signs are easily made with stencils!
Learn how to stencil by watching these videos!
Click above to watch how to stencil on a pillow cover! Includes how to off-load a stencil brush for any type of application.
Visit many more stencil video tutorials on THIS PAGE
Well friends, I don’t think there’s any lack of fall signs to make with wood and stencils! I hope you’ll be inspired to create with these fall sign ideas to make with wood and stencils so you can fall sign-up your own home too!
Do you have a favorite out of the bunch?
Happy fall decorating!
Visit all fall decorating stencils HERE to make and customize your own fall wood signs!