Monday, September 25, 2017

Fall Porch Decor- DIY Pumpkin Patch Farmhouse Sign

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Lately I have discovered that I love doing projects (who I am kidding, this isn't a recent discovery, I've always loved doing projects, that's why I blog :D), especially ones that involve wood and building something.  I have discovered power tools and I love them!!  I have done so much on my house lately that I have to control myself and force myself not do stuff on it LOL.  Well since I still want projects I have been on a huge making sign kick and since fall is here, I decided it was time to make a fun fall sign.  I had fun designing this pumpkin patch sign and I especially love how it turned out! 

This is how I made it:
I took a piece of plywood and cut it to 20 inches wide and 26 inches high (I had this plywood left over from our laundry room makeover).  I then painted it white.
While the paint was drying, I cut out some wood for the pumpkin.  I bought a piece of fence wood and cut it into four pieces around 12" (except one longer one but you really don't need to do that).  Then I cut some pieces of underlayment to put on the back of them.

Using a brad nailer and 5/8" brad nails, I nailed the underlayment piece onto the slats of wood to hold them together. 

This is what it looks like on the other side.  I loved this wood because of the orange-ish color that was in the middle of it.  I thought it would be perfect for a pumpkin! 

Using a 12x12 piece of paper, I cut out a shape of the pumpkin and then traced it onto the slats. 

Using a band saw, I cut out the pumpkin. 

Once the pumpkin was cut out, it was time to design the rest of the design.  I cut out the words out of vinyl with my Silhouette CAMEO and then took out the words to make a stencil.  

I then put on the vinyl onto the board (using transfer paper).

Now for the paint, I used regular acrylic paint and foam brushes to paint the words.   I used a dabbing motion to paint. 

Once the paint was dry, I took off the vinyl and then did some touch ups.  Now for the frame.  Using a 1x2 I cut two pieces 22" long.  Then I put those pieces on the top and bottom of the board and measured how long the side pieces would be (roughly 23.5 inches).  

Once I was done with the touch ups, I nailed the pumpkin on to the board (going from the back of the board).  I used 1 1/4 inch brad nails to nail it into place. 

After staining the frame an nice espresso stain color  I nailed the frame into the board using 1 1/4" brad nails. 

Here is what it looks with the frame on, I am loving it!

I felt like the pumpkin needed something, like leaves or a vine.  So I went through my craft supplies and found some nice green ribbon.  I wanted it to look more like a vine, so I curled it.  I wrapped it around a 1/2" dowel and then put it into the oven for 20 minutes at 375 degrees (it's crazy the things you can do!). 

I put the ribbon onto the pumpkin using hot glue (I think it looks a lot better with the ribbon).

And that's it!  

I added a few pumpkins and gourds to it and I love it!  I'm sure we will add more pumpkins as the month goes on, I love pumpkins! 

It's so excited to have fun fall things out on my porch now, I love fall!  

Here is a video to show how I make similar signs using the vinyl as a stencil.

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