I love Fall. It is so fun to decorate with beautiful leaves of all colors and pumpkins, pine cones and so much more. We have been working this year to update our decorations, both permanent year-round ones, and seasonal. I love the Farmhouse style so that is what a lot of my new decor is based on. As I was looking through the Oriental Trading site recently, I came across a cute unfinished pumpkin sign, so I ordered it along with a metal cutout of the word “blessed”. I knew these would both be perfect to make a DIY Wood Pumpkin Sign.
I LOVE how beautiful it looks over my new entryway shelf. (tutorial for that coming soon). Here are the step by step instructions to make your own DIY Wood Pumpkin Sign.
Take a DIY Unfinished Wood Plank Pumpkin Sign (I got mine from Oriental Trading) and pick a wood stain or chalk paint. I did a dark wood color, but couldn’t decide between that and white…I might order another one and do it in white and switch off, lol. I love both colors. The wood looks fantastic stained.
Stain or paint the wood pumpkin sign
If you haven’t stained wood before, here are a few tips. Make sure you have cardboard under your project. Use disposable gloves the whole time. I usually go through a couple of pairs. Use an old slightly damp rag to wipe off the excess stain after you have let the color soak for a few minutes. Make sure you wipe it off good, or will leave sticky spots.
Once you have let it dry (I would say for a few hours), then you will be able to put the sign together. I used the BLESSED metal word cutout, also from Oriental Trading. I measured and marked the distance (see the double lines on the pumpkin below) where the loops are on the back of the word. I used a small drill bit and drilled a hole in the pumpkin between both sets of lines.
Next, take some wire and attach it to the back of the word using needle-nose pliers to bend the tip of the wire. You will want to do two 6 inch pieces of wire. Attach one piece to each loop on the back of the word.
Use wire to secure the metal word to the pumpkin
With the wire attached to the word, put the wire through the holes you drilled in the pumpkin and then use the pliers to bend the wire in the back so the word is secure.
Next, you will take raffia (I used thanksgiving/fall colors) and tie it to the top of the stem. I also got some Acorn Jingle Bells and attached a couple of them to one of the wire rings between the boards. A great thing about this pumpkin is that it folds up and so that makes it very easy to store as well!
We also just shared Thanksgiving Table Settings that are kid-friendly as well as printable Thanksgiving activity sheets for kids! Be sure to check those out as well. Let me know if you have any questions. 🙂