DIY Fall Pumpkin Signs

Anything pumpkins, apples, or fall calls my name, and I made these adorable farmhouse  wood fall signs using pieces of scrap wood. I absolutely love how they turned out, and best of all, they’re super easy to make!

DIY Pumpkin Fall Signs

Pumpkins Wood Fall Sign

I wanted my signs to look more like barn wood–farmhouse style–and using a stain then sanding the heck out of them helped me achieve that.  I used stencils I cut out using my Silhouette, and painted them on with white paint. They were an easy weekend project that was mostly drying time (you need to let stain dry for 24 hours), and now they look so cute in my house!

DIY Pumpkin Fall Signs

These are a great way to use up scrap wood, but if you don’t have any, 2×4 posts are cheap! If you want to make the 10 inch sign, but don’t want to buy the whole board, you can always go in on it with a couple of friends–you can make 3-4 signs out of one board, depending on if you get a 6 or 8 foot long board.

DIY Pumpkin Fall Signs

Mantels, entry tables, shelves, kitchen counters—these look super cute anywhere and everywhere!

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  • -wood boards
  • PUMPKINS: 1 x 10 board, 24 inches long
  • FALL: 2×4 board, 4.5 inches long
  • APPLES: 2×4 board, 13 inches long
  • stain (Minwax Dark Walnut)
  • -white paint ( I used latex paint–you can use craft paint too)
  • -sandpaper/power sander
  • -stencil (cut file included below)


1.  Cut boards to the desired length.

2.  Using a lint-free rag (I like using old tee shirts) to apply stain and let dry completely.

3.  Stencil on desired text/design.  I cut out my designs on my Silhouette (download free cut files below), then removed the letters and applied the negative space to my board–the painted on the letters.

4.  After the paint is dry, remove vinyl/stencils and use a power sander or medium grit sandpaper to distress your sign as much as you like. I do a bunch on the edges and then go across the top to distress the lettering and top of the board. Be careful on the lettering–the paint comes off fast!

5.  Wipe off dust, and you’re finished!

DIY Pumpkin Fall Signs


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  1. love these! now I need to go through my wood scraps so I can make some. I love anything apples and pumpkins as well. Right now we are in the middle of apple season with all our apple trees.
    PS: I noticed the Pumpkin file didn’t work.

  2. I love this. I am having a hard time opening it. It’s a studio3 file. What program do I need to open that file?

    1. Thanks, Jennifer! It’s a Silhouette Studio file–for a Silhouette machine (Cameo or Portrait).

  3. Love these too! Any possibility of converting the design files into an SVG file? I have a Cricut Explore instead of a Silhouette.
    Thanks for all your cute ideas!

    1. That was actually my original intention, but it’s a pretty complicated conversion process from the research I’ve done. I’m still working on it, but for now the Silhouette file is all I have. So sorry!!

  4. Hi!
    What did you use for your stencil? Permanent or non permanent vinyl? Any tricks to ensuring the paint doesn’t bleed under? This a great all year round project.

    1. Hi, Bridget!

      I used non-permanent vinyl as my stencil. I have used permanent before, and it sticks so well that it pulls the paint up with it when you remove it. To help with bleeding, you can use a little mod podge around the edges of your stencil, where it meets the wood. Once it’s dry, you can paint over it. It should help! I also press as firmly as possible before painting, and I’ll do it again right before I paint each individual letter or graphic. If it’s really rough wood, and I don’t think it will seal very well, I like to use spray paint. It rarely bleeds under my stencil–and if it does, not much at all.

      Good luck! I hope this helps!!! xoxo

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this pumpkin sign stencil! I love it and am excited to make some to decorate my home!

  6. This is such a cute fall project!! Thanks for sharing!

    And a question, is there any way you could convert to a pdf file for those who do not have access to the studio files?

    1. They are Silhouette Studio files. If you click on the google drive link, it will download on to your computer (there isn’t a preview available, so you won’t be able to see the file before downloading), and then you can open it with your Silhouette software.

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