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Where did this summer go? It Is Time To Think Fall Y’ All. And because it is coming fast I decided to make a Fall Sign. So here we go, how to make a Happy Fall Y’ All sign.
I’m still on my mission to use what I have and I have a bunch of old frames I have found at various thrift stores, I chose the one I did because I had a piece of wood flooring left over from another project that was a near perfect fit. I had to use the wood glue and add one more length of wood to it.
Once the glue dried I measured the wood flooring board and use the jigsaw to cut it to the inside of the frame. Of course, you can use a piece of bead board, which will give the same look. When I was all done and put it together I did add a piece of wood to the back of the frame by gluing it. This was so the frame would lay correctly.
Wood Floor Board
If you happen to use wood floor boards use the backside, not the floor side. I had a little bit of DIY white chalk paint left over from another project so I used it to paint the wood floor board. Once it was dry I brush on the left over milk paint from the frame and wiped back. It aged the board and it looked weathered.
I mixed up a small amount Of OFMP in Driftwood and brushed it on the frame. I didn’t sand the frame but made sure it was very clean. Once the paint on the frame was dried I dry brushed the white chalk paint here and there on the frame and wiped it back aging it. The milk paint gave the frame the chippy look.
Now there are several ways to go with the lettering, stencils or if you have nice handwriting or the way I did it. I used Pic Monkey. I typed out my Happy Fall Y’all and added small leaves for a mood board to see how I liked it. Notice the Happy Fall is slanted.
That is why I used Pic Monkey instead of Word. I wanted Happy Fall to be slanted and knew I could do it easily in Pic Monkey.
Select fonts that appeal to you. You can use theirs if it is for your own personal use or use your own fonts since it will load them. PicMonkey is very reasonable if you think you will use it a lot. Otherwise, there is the free version. I don’t have a Silhouette but I believe that would work very well for this project.
Once I decided on the font and added leaves for an idea I printed the design out. I noticed I cut off the tops of the “l” but that didn’t worry me as I figured I could draw it in. When I decided on the placement I used a piece of Saral paper underneath my drawing and went around the letters with a pencil.
If you don’t have Saral paper, although I highly recommend it if you do a lot of crafts like this you can take your pencil and scribble the back of the design. It acts just like carbon paper.
Next step is to decide if you want leaves. I happen of have 2 fall stencils so I traced one leaf from my design, which is the medium size to the right and used my stencils for the other leaves.
The hardest part of this project is deciding on the color to paint the letters and leaves. I wanted the fall look but not the in your face fall colors.
I ended up using Worn Penny for Happy Fall which is a metallic copper paint. For Y’All I used Aguna. It is a rich aqua that looks good with the copper color. I painted the small leaves in the copper. The medium leaf to the right was outlined in the Aguna and then I just treated the paint like a watercolor and filled it in. After it dried I painted the veins in the Aguna and the copper color.
The larger leaf that looks like a maple leaf is painted the same way. I blended the paint and once the paint dried I painted in the veins. We each have our own technique so I say go for it and it will look great. It’s only paint and can be sanded down if you don’t like it.
Putting It All Together
Once everything was painted and dried I waxed the frame and sign with one coat of clear wax. I didn’t feel like dragging out the stapler and compressor so I used my manual one. The sign got stapled on the frame and that is another reason I needed to fix my frame.
Take a piece of the brown paper and cut it to fit the back and glue it. The final step, I went to Walmart since I didn’t have a saw tooth hanger. Then the final step I nailed it to the back and I am ready for Fall Y’all. And that is how to make a Happy Fall Y’ All sign.
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