For this month’s Power Tool Challenge I made a hello fall rustic pumpkin sign out of pallet boards. The pallet boards were originally going to be used on the reclaimed wood coffee table. But that didn't really 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. You can make your hello Fall sign larger or smaller depending on your scrap wood pieces.
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 a piece of 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.
If you like pallet wood projects, you will enjoy this Pallet Wood Shelf.
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: It's a good idea to keep a sanding sponge near your saw to take care of this.
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 lay the boards out to make sure the colors blended well together.
Attach pallet boards with scrap boards
I used Gorilla wood glue and my nail gun to secure a couple of pieces of scrap plywood to hold the sign boards together.
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, if you have pretty handwriting, you can just use a paint brush or marker.
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 really makes me smile. I love Fall!
Be sure to check out these other great DIY signs from my talented woodworking blogging friends. If you’re reading this early, please be patient. The other projects will go live around 11:00 am Eastern Time.
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
Refresh Restyle - How to Make a Two Sided Sign
The DIY Village - DIY Raised Wood Lettered Sign
I hope you find something to make real soon!
Can you tell me what colors you mixed together to get your great orange? Thanks
I used some oranges and browns. It's hard to say exactly, but the end result is because of the glaze! It gives it such a nice aged look. 🙂
I love your pumpkin. I made some last week and one of them looks somewhat like yours. Wish I could attach pictures of mine.
Awesome Sally! great minds think alike, eh?
if you made them for selling, lots of luck!
This is so sweet! I need one of these...actually two of them for the North House! I'm decorating for fall here now. Love your tutorial, as always! Pinned and tweeted 🙂
I love this Gail, just learning my Ryobi jigsaw so this will be simple enough to try. I love everything about Fall. Love the step by step instructions you always give. Hope all is going well on your end. Won't this be the first Christmas with the grand baby?
This is adorable! I've got pallet wood on the back of my truck and I'd love to make one of these for fall.
I love the look with that smokey glaze... .super cute!
so nice! love the colors and how the wax finishes it off!
Thanks Nova! Maybe you'll see it at Glendale.... It will be here before we know it!
Great Pumpkin,I always like your projects.Especially the way you go into detail on the “how to’s.Looking forward to the next one👍.
Thanks neighbor! I really do love how this turned out. It might be difficult to let it go at Glendale. 😉