I made a small rustic pumpkin sign from pallet boards for this month's Power Tool Challenge. The pallet boards were originally going to be used on the reclaimed wood coffee table. But that didn't work out.
I gathered four pallet boards but ended up only using three of them—cut in half on the miter saw. Depending on the size wood you have, your sign may vary. Of course, you can make your Hello Fall sign larger or smaller.
How do you take your pallets apart? I use the fabulous Duckbill Deck Wrecker. It never lets me down! You can see more about it and other pallet projects in my post Pallet Projects and Tips for Dismantling Pallets.
Trace shape on pallet boards
I drew out a pumpkin shape on scrap brown craft paper.
Looking back on this, I should have used an orange Sharpie to trace the outline of the pumpkin. I traced the pumpkin on the BACK of the pallet boards.
You will enjoy this Pallet Wood Shelf if you like pallet wood projects.
Cut pallet boards with Jigsaw or Scroll Saw
The jigsaw was perfect for cutting out this pallet board pumpkin.
The boards were sanded lightly, where the jigsaw left some shavings.
TIP: Keeping a sanding sponge near your saw is a good idea to take care of those pesky shavings.
I gathered some fall paint colors, a couple of cheap chip brushes, and a small tub of water for diluting the colors.
Paint pallet board pumpkin sign
A small piece of scrap wood was used as a paint palette. I used it to blend the colors as I worked on each board. Have you ever done this before?
First, I laid the boards out to ensure the colors blended well.
Attach pallet boards with scrap boards.
Paint the back of the DIY sign
The back of the pumpkin sign was painted to give it a more finished look.
Smoked Glaze gives character to old pallet wood
Of course, I tried to leave it as is, but I knew it would gain more character if I glazed it with my favorite smoked glaze.
Contact paper stencil for Hello Fall sign
A “hello fall” stencil was made using contact paper and my Silhouette Portrait. However, you can use a paintbrush or marker if you have pretty handwriting.
These Martha Stewart foam pouncers are my favorite way to stencil. I chose a light yellow for the words “Hello Fall.”
I used some annealed wire around the stem.
Hello Fall sign is perfect for yard or porch decor
I love how this rustic pumpkin Hello Fall sign makes me smile. Fall is my second favorite season, with Spring taking first place.
Check out these other great DIY signs from my talented woodworking blogging friends.
Virginia Sweet Pea - How to Make a Pallet Wood Arrow Sign
Create and Babble - How to Make Double-Sided Framed Wood Sign
My Repurposed Life - Hello Fall Rustic Pumpkin Sign
Designed Decor - Framed Laundry Room Sign
H2OBungalow - Large Modern Wall Decor Sign Tutorial
Domestically Speaking - Beach Signs
The DIY Village - DIY Raised Wood-Lettered Sign
I hope you find something to make real soon!
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.