A DIY fall sign that you can do in a few hours!

Updated: Aug 26, 2020

Ok, ok, I know that it is still summer and today may or may not have been in the upper 80s, but I just can't help it. I. LOVE. FALL. I have already begun creating my DIY fall decor, so if you love fall just as much as I do, then stay posted, because there is A LOT more to come. In this post I will show you how to create this sign in just a few hours and inexpensively! Oh, and bonus- I will also include my painted pumpkin tutorial- as shown below. Click here for my painted pumpkin tutorial!


*I will include links to all the supplies that I used to create the sign at the end of this post.

-Cut plywood or piece of wood that measures 1' x 2'.

-White chalk paint

-Dark green acrylic or chalk paint

-One small paint brush and one medium size bristle paint brush

-painter's tape

-4 inch letter stencils

-measuring tape or ruler

-220 grit sandpaper



1. I purchased 4' x 2' plywood from Home Depot. And I want to give a shout out to Jose from Home Depot who cut the board for me. He made the cuts, so the piece of board I used for the project came out to 1' x 2'. I was left with an extra 4' x 2' board and a 3' x 2' board. These will be great for some other projects I have in store! Just so you know, Home Depot will make 3 free cuts for you. Any cuts you need after that will be 50 cents a cut. That's a deal!

2. With your 220 grit sandpaper, sand down all sides of the wood. Be sure that all edges are smooth to the touch. The front and back of the plywood should be pretty smooth, but you will want to give that a light sand as well. I would recommend wearing gloves if you have them. If you don't have gloves, be careful as you are sanding to prevent any splinters. : ) Apply some pressure but you don't need to push down too hard. You will know that you are done when you don't see or feel any sharp edges or spots where there are loose splinter pieces. Click the picture which will bring you to Bob Villa's website. This is a great tutorial on sanding wood.

Click to purchase the sandpaper that I used

3. With a medium size bristle brush, apply a small amount of the white chalk paint. I started in the middle and moved up and down the board vertically. I covered most of the board, but as my paint was running out on my brush, you will see the bare spots of wood. This is one way to get the distressed look. Or, you could paint the entire board white and use your sandpaper to sand out spots on the board. This is why it is so important to use chalk paint. Chalk paint is meant to be easily sanded to create a distressed look. The paint was dry to the touch about 15-30 min. later.

Click here to purchase the white chalk paint I used

4. Once your white paint is dry to the touch, Use your 4 inch letter stencils and painter's tape to tape the letters "F" and "A" at the top of your board, approximately 4 inches down from the top of your board and 2 inches over from the edges of the board

See here:

Then, tape the "L" 6 inches below the "F" and 2 inches from the edge so it is directly under the "F."

Next, using a new small bristle brush and your dark green paint (I used Annie Sloan's Amsterdam Green) hold the stencil firmly to the board and paint. I used three coats of green to achieve the color I liked. The paint dries to the touch between 30 min-1 hr. You should put on a thin coat each time, so it might be dry to the touch even sooner than that. After you have painted each letter, remove the L and place it 6 inches below the "A" and 2 inches away from the edge of the board. Repeat with three coats of Amsterdam Green. Be sure the paint is dry to the touch before you move to the last step.

5. The last step! Using a ball of twine, wrap the top of the board 7 times. cut, and tie on the back of your board. Then, take your twine and repeat at the bottom of your board. Finally on each side of the board, wrap the twine over the twine border at the bottom and top of your board 6 times on each side.

Now step back and admire your work! Easy, right? This will be a part of my fireplace decor. All the links embedded above are posted below as well!

Lastly, it would be great to hear from you! If you created this, I would love to see how it turned out. I would also love any comments or feedback. : )


-Plywood https://www.homedepot.com/p/1-4-in-x-4-ft-x-4-ft-Underlayment-448821/202327790)

-White chalk paint


-Dark green chalk paint


OR you can use acrylic paint


-220 grit sandpaper


-Paint brushes of various sizes


-Painter's tape


-4" letters




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