30 Fun Ideas Ideas For Fall

Pumpkin Sign Tutorial

Welcome to part 14 of 30 Fun Ideas for Fall!

Hello, Whimsy and Hope readers! My name is Sarah and I blog at 2paws Designs sharing crafts, photography, and family related posts. I’m excited to be sharing a fall decor tutorial with you all today. Fall is undoubtedly my favorite season and I count down the days until I can pull out my pumpkin scented candles. Today I’m sharing the newest addition to our fall decor and how to create your own:

Pumpkin Sign Tutorial

Pumpkin Sign Tutorial



  • Scrap wood board (ours was 13-½” long 1×6)
  • Wood stain
  • Gloves
  • Silhouette or Cricut machine
  • Vinyl for stencil
  • Acrylic paint
  • Foam brush
  • Sandpaper or block
  • Rag

Pumpkin Sign Tutorial

First, stain the board to desired color. Leave overnight to dry completely.


Next, design and cut your stencil from vinyl using a Silhouette or Cricut machine. [If you don’t have either, you could cut a stencil by hand or used a purchased one. Another option is to print the design onto a plain sheet of copy paper, trace onto the wood, and then paint by hand.]


After cutting the stencil, remove the letters from the vinyl so that only the outline remains.


Apply transfer paper over the design. Smooth out completely.


Peel the backing off the vinyl. Center on board and carefully place in desired position. Smooth entire design and press firmly to the wood using your hands or a scraper tool (a store loyalty card or credit card will also work).


Slowly remove the transfer paper being careful to check to see that all of the smaller design pieces are in place.


Next, gently paint over the letters. Just a little paint works well to start to coat the wood and not bleed under the vinyl design. Let dry. Add a second coat if desired.


Once you have added your final coat and the paint is completely dry, gently peel back the vinyl to reveal the painted design. Sand lightly to distress.

Pumpkin Sign Tutorial

Use a dust cloth to wipe off any remaining dust before adding a coat of polycrylic. Let dry completely then you are ready to display your sign.

Pumpkin Sign Tutorial


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