Stenciled Pumpkin Spice fall sign
As I was scrolling online one fine day, I came across a new amazing rustic Pumpkin Spice porch sign by Organized Clutter.
Gah! My first thought was, I haven’t even made a sign with that stencil yet! What a great idea!
So thanks to Carlene, I was greatly inspired to start fall decorating with the cutest stenciled Pumpkin Spice fall sign… made with an old wooden window frame!
This is such a great project if you collect old vintage wooden windows! However no need for glass inserts this round, because a few cedar strips will replace the glass, making the window frames perfect for making signs!
So here’s the cute fall results!
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Stenciled Pumpkin Spice fall sign
Sign supplies used:
Old wooden window frame without the glass
(find a local Fusion merchant HERE)
Preparing the wood
1. Lay an old window frame (without glass) on top of cedar strips to determine how many will be needed to fill the middle of the window.
2. With a miter saw, cut the cedar strips to fit inside the window frame.
Stacking the cedar strips before cutting with a miter saw made this quick and easy!
3. Lightly sand the cedar strips using a palm sander.
I sanded mainly the fronts of the boards since the sides will be hidden anyway.
Painting the cedar strips
4. Paint the cedar strips in Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black with a small paint brush.
Painting the cedar strips is easier before they are installed inside the window frame.
Both the tops and sides were coated with only 1 coat of paint, since the coverages is so exceptional! It dries quickly too!
About the paint brushes
In case you’re curious about that small paint brush, here’s what it is!
Fusion gifted me with a bundle of high quality Staalmeester paint brushes called the One Series. What they do best is give you brush stroke free results, thanks to how soft and silky the high quality bristles are.
Paint goes on like butter! HERE is how I used a wider one on a chair makeover and lemme tell ya, there was no paint stroke to be found!
These brushes are a bit of an investment, but if you take your no brush stroke painting seriously, absolutely try one of these!
Ok, back to the sign…
Adding boards inside the window frame
5. Face the window frame good side down, then position the cedar strips inside the window frame ledge, good sides facing down as well.
Luckily, the cedar strips fit the entire window opening really well, so in my case, no board trimming was required. A little board position adjusting did the trick.
Securing the cedar strips
There are many ways to secure the cedar strips, such as with a nail gun or screws. However I came up with this idea so the window is easy to dismantle again when desired, since I repurpose repurposed projects all. the. time. Easy too!
6. Cut two support boards that fit vertically on both sides of the cedar strips within the window frame ledge.
7. Position the strips, then use screws and large washers to hold the board into place, as shown above.
Isn’t the sign pretty already? The boarded up window frame resembles a chalkboard with texture! Love it.
So let’s make it even prettier by adding the pumpkin spice lettering next!
About the Pumpkin Spice Stencil
This generously sized Pumpkin Spice stencil from HERE is perfect for fall! It can be all about Lattes, Coffee or even Teas by changing out the desired lettering. Pretty cool, right?!
8. Position the Pumpkin Spice stencil inside the window frame, and secure it with masking tape.
I mean, this stencil was the perfect fit for this window, was it not?!
9. Stencil the Pumpkin Spice lettering in acrylic craft paint Terra Cotta.
I then stenciled the rest of the letters in Fusion’s Raw Silk which is an off-white.
How to stencil to achieve sharp images without paint bleed:
- Load the stencil brush with paint
- Off-load most paint onto a rag to achieve a dry-to-the-touch stencil brush
- Tap or swirl the brush over the stencil images until desired opacity is achieved.
I like to allow a little bit of background to show through so the images have a naturally worn look to them.
Learn more tips about How To Stencil from HERE
Watch some how-to stencil videos HERE
10. Create a textured look on top of the orange letters by flicking on black paint.
Splattered paint gives the letters sort of a pumpkin filling look! Love the result.
How to create stencil textured letters by splattering paint:
- Leave stencil in place.
- Load stencil brush heavily with black paint so it’s quite wet.
- Hold brush over the lettering, then use a finger to flick the paint off the brush.
Try lots of paint vs. a little for different effects! I like to use both.
Watch a short video on some fall signs using the paint splattering method!
Stenciling mini fall signs
Just for fun, I decided to create a mini fall sign to chime in with the larger Pumpkin Spice sign!
1. Cut various lengths of cedar strips.
2. Position Fall Greetings – Small stencil over top of the strips, then stencil.
Aren’t they cute?! I couldn’t stop at one so I stenciled up several to chime in with other fall decorating yet to come.
The mini fall signs are as cute as can be on their own!
Adding string detail to the signs
Or detail them up by tying string or twine to the ends or to hang them up!
HERE is a large Farmhouse sign with the string treatment!
Here’s how I displayed a mini Hello Fall sign on THIS FALL MANTEL. Too cute!
However this round, I only used one to pose as a flavor for the Pumpkin Spice sign… and below is how it turned out!
The finished Pumpkin Spice Sign
How adorable did this old window turned Pumpkin Spice Fall sign turn out?! It’s just the right amount of colour without being overpowering, know what I mean?
I think this sign makes the cutest fall kitchen decorating, so nicely themed with latte, coffee or tea.
And just a few long screws added along the bottom of the window sign makes instant coffee mug hooks!
Rustic small hooks would also be lovely.
And what flavour are we serving up today? Why, I’ll take a Pumpkin Express of course!
The little mini fall sign made for a fun companion that chimed in well.
The cage is actually a reproduction vintage laundry cart with an added wood top you may remember from WAY back in THIS hot cocoa station post! What a fun way to display pumpkins or other seasonal ideas, such as presents for Christmas!
Doesn’t this little Pumpkin Spice setup make you in the mood for the real deal now?
Yup, me too! Cya at the coffee shop…
Did this quick and easy fall sign project inspire you to get going on your fall decorating too? What will you put up this year?
Other related projects you may enjoy:
Locate many other Fall Stencils HERE
Create these cool coffee station signs HERE