Are you having deja vu right now? Earlier this week, I shared this fallish little vignette in our living room for the Country Living Pumpkin Palooza and promised I’d be back to share how I made my pumpkin patch sign, so here it is!
Last weekend was super crazy as we had flooding threats here in South Carolina. Robert had to fly out to Colorado on business while Olivia and I headed to my parents’ house that sits on top of a hill and had a better chance of withstanding a flood than ours. And crazy me actually brought project supplies along for the little trip to make this sign.
Supplies Used: (Affiliate links are provided below. For more information, see my full disclosure here.)
- 3 – 1″x4″x8′ pine furring strips
- 1 – 1″x2″x8′ pine furring strip
- Circular saw
- Wood glue
- Clamp set
- 1 1/4″ flooring nails (or any other type you happen to have)
- Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner (optional but recommended)
- Rustoleum Weathered Gray Wood Stain
- 2 sponge applicator brushes
- Clean rag
- Computer / Printer (We have this HP Inkjet one and love it.)
- 9 sheets of printer paper
- Ballpoint pen
- White acrylic paint and craft brush
- Coarse grit sandpaper
Thankfully, I already had all of the supplies in my stash using leftover wood from our DIY board and batten and the stain from my stepstool makeover and anniversary sign. Don’t you love free projects?!
I ended up cutting my 1×4 furring strips into thirds at 32″ long. I used 7 of the cut furring strips to make my sign 32″x24″ since it was the size that would fit best on top of our media cabinet.
I lined up all of my 1×4 boards face down first and placed my 1×2 board perpendicularly on top of them. Then just marked and cut the 1×2 in two lengths to the width of my sign at 24″
I gave one side of my cut 1×2 boards some wood glue and clamped them to the back of the 1×4 strips.
Alright stop. Hammer time. (Come on. You had to know that was coming.)
I put 2 nails into the 1x2s for each 1×4.
Once the wood glue was dry, I flipped the sign over and applied my pre-stain wood conditioner with a sponge brush. I just followed the directions on the back of the can.
After about 30 minutes of applying the wood conditioner, I swiped on the weathered gray stain with a sponge brush and immediately wiped up the excess stain with a clean rag. I worked in sections and only stained one wood strip at a time to make sure the stain was even.
You really have to rub to remove the bluish tint from this thick stain, but it’s beautiful once that wood grain starts peeking through. A little goes a long way with this stuff.
Sorry for my terrible photo here, but it was dark and pouring buckets outside.
I made a template for my sign’s wording as the stain dried and used the same program called BlockPosters.com that I used in my DIY vintage map to print an enlarged version on 9 pages from my printer. You can download the template here if you want one too:
I then positioned the printed pages on my sign and taped them together to keep them from sliding around.
Using a ballpoint pen, I traced around the letters and pressed down hard to make an impression on the wood.
I already had a little sample pot of white paint that I used to paint in the letters.
When the white paint was dry, I gave the entire sign a good sanding with the coarse grit sandpaper to distress the words a little bit.
I LOVE how it turned out! It really does look like something that has naturally aged.
I chose the words Windy Hill because we have a local orchard by that name that is run by some friends of the family. They have the BEST apple cider ever!
If you’re ever in York, SC, you should stop in. They’re legendary around here, and we have so many special autumn memories from that place.
I think I’m officially finished with the fall decorating around here though. Maybe I’ve said that before, but this time I really am. There’s just something so comforting about decorating for the cozy seasons when you can bundle up under a warm blanket and sip spiced cider while something yummy bakes in the oven.
I think I’ll be sad to take this cute little sign down when December rolls around.
But then I’ll get over it because hello…Christmas.
Not too shabby for a free project, huh? And by the way, our house survived last weekend’s flood warnings. Although, our neighbors further south in Columbia weren’t so fortunate. South Carolina needs all the prayers it can get right now.
Have you ever attempted your own rustic wooden signs before? They’re really so easy! And so fun to add your own family’s memories to.