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DIY Pumpkin Patch Sign

DIY Pumpkin Patch Sign Tutorial + Template | Bless'er House

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.

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The Steps:

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.

DIY Pumpkin Patch Sign Tutorial + Template | Bless'er House

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.

DIY Pumpkin Patch Sign Tutorial + Template | Bless'er House

Alright stop. Hammer time. (Come on. You had to know that was coming.)

I put 2 nails into the 1x2s for each 1×4.

DIY Pumpkin Patch Sign Tutorial + Template | Bless'er House

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.

DIY Pumpkin Patch Sign Tutorial + Template | Bless'er House

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.

DIY Pumpkin Patch Sign Tutorial + Template | Bless'er House

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:

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I then positioned the printed pages on my sign and taped them together to keep them from sliding around.

DIY Pumpkin Patch Sign Tutorial + Template | Bless'er House

Using a ballpoint pen, I traced around the letters and pressed down hard to make an impression on the wood.

DIY Pumpkin Patch Sign Tutorial + Template | Bless'er House

I already had a little sample pot of white paint that I used to paint in the letters.

DIY Pumpkin Patch Sign Tutorial + Template | Bless'er House

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!

DIY Pumpkin Patch Sign Tutorial + Template | Bless'er House

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.

DIY Pumpkin Patch Sign Tutorial + Template | Bless'er House

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.

DIY Pumpkin Patch Sign Tutorial + Template | Bless'er House

I think I’ll be sad to take this cute little sign down when December rolls around.

DIY Pumpkin Patch Sign Tutorial + Template | Bless'er House

But then I’ll get over it because hello…Christmas.

DIY Pumpkin Patch Sign Tutorial + Template | Bless'er House

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.

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11 Comments

  1. I love this Lauren! Your fall sign is so cute! I’m having trouble downloading the template, though. When I try to click on the area to access the download, the Pinterest button appears and I can only pin it. Is there another way to download this? Thank you so much for all your wonderful ideas!

    1. AAHHH, this can be tricky. The Pinterest link likes to hide in the center. Try to click on or towards the edge and this should allow you to find the print option. Let me know if this helps. I am so glad you like it!!

  2. May I ask why you used wood conditioner before the stain? What the purpose is and how to know when to use it? Thanks so much!

    1. Oh! I should have explained that, Kristen. The wood conditioner helps prevent the stain from being splotchy. If you have “thirsty” dry wood, it will soak up a lot of stain and make the finish really uneven, but the conditioner eliminates that problem. It’s sort of like a primer for paint.

  3. Hi Lauren! Love the sign but specifically wanted to share a special story about Windy Hill. I was chaperoning my oldest daughter’s preschool class to Windy Hill back in Oct. 1996. When I returned home I had a message that the child we were trying to adopt was ready for us!!! He was 2 at the time and from Russia. Long story short, we couldn’t afford to travel to Russia but still called by God to adopt. The call we got was about a little blond haired, blue eyed fellow that was in am adoptive home that wasn’t working out. That was a Wednesday and we brought him home on Friday. Today he is 21 and a Jr. At Carolina and we couldn’t imagine our life without him!

    Sorry for the long comment ! But I’m so excited to make this sign since Windy Hill has such a special place in my heart!

    1. That is an amazing story, Caroline! You are a true gift to provide a home and love for a child who so needed it. Thank you so much for sharing that.

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