DIY Welcome Sign

Looking for fun holiday crafts? Make a wooden sign using letter stencils and outdoor acrylic paint.

| Fall 2017

fall sign

Handcrafted do-it-yourself "Welcome Fall" decorative sign for the yard or garden.

Photo by Carole West

Every season is a fresh start, offering something new and inviting to wake us up. Fall brings with it a sense of warmth, with colors symbolizing comfort and fun activities.

If you're thinking about fall decorations for your yard, this simple stencil sign is the perfect project. Stencils are extremely popular right now, and they can make almost any project come alive. You probably already have most of the supplies on hand, and what you don't have can be found at craft stores and home improvement stores.

I used scrap wood to make my sign, because I had some left from another project. However, if you have to purchase wood, ask if your home improvement store has a scrap bin. Oftentimes you can find just what you need in the scrap bin, at a discounted price.

If you purchase your wood, you can also ask the home improvement store to cut the wood to the dimensions needed, which will save you time. If you have to cut your own wood, I recommend using a table saw, as it provides nice, clean cuts. If you don't have a table saw, a jig saw will work, but the cut edges won't be as neat and clean.

Once you see how easy this project is, you'll want to make one for each season and/or holiday. You could even make them to give as Christmas gifts for friends and relatives.

Tools & Materials List:

Wooden board, cut to 11 inches wide by 22 inches long
4-by-1 boards, 3 cut to 14 inches long, 1 cut to 12 inches long, and 1 cut to 6 inches long
Table saw
Outdoor acrylic paint in orange, green, and black (such as the FolkArt brand in Grass Green, Pure Orange, and Licorice)
Wood glue
Drill and drill bits
Painter's tape
Letter stencils (such as the FolkArt brand)
Craft paintbrushes
Natural twine
Mason jar
Washers or other hardware of your choice
Materials for filling the Mason jar

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