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Easy Fall Season Sign Made in Three Steps

This pretty fall season sign was made with a piece of scrapbook paper (under $1!), scrap wood, and Mod Podge. It’s the perfect decor piece!

Skills Required: Beginner. You can do this project with minimal crafting experience. You’ll be painting and adding paper to a wood pallet with Mod Podge.

Easy Fall Season Sign Made in Three Steps

Hi everyone, I’m back sharing another easy Fall sign today! A sign that you can use from the first day of autumn through Thanksgiving. This time I’m using subway art scrapbook paper I found at Hobby Lobby for .59 cents!! I actually found this paper awhile ago, and haven’t known what I was going to do with it until now.

I had some leftover pieces of wood from a project, so I pulled them out and started messing around to see what I could come up with. And then the fall sign was born!!

DIY Fall Sign

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Getting Started

When I found this scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby, I just loved it. I knew I was going to do something cool with it one day! There are a variety of autumn themed scrapbook papers in craft stores and online.

If you can’t find a single piece like this one that floats your boat for your fall season sign, you can do one of two things. First, you can pick a patterned sheet and then add adhesive letters and other embellishments (with craft glue) on top after the Mod Podge dries.

Your second option is to Mod Podge your base sheet down (with one design) and then cut shapes out of a second or third sheet of scrapbook paper. You can Mod Podge those on top of the (already Mod Podged) background.

Paint to Use 

I was really excited to use my new Martha Stewart paint! This color is so pretty and it matches the sign pretty well. The only rule here as far as paint is to select an acrylic paint: FolkArt, Apple Barrel, and Martha Stewart are popular brands and some of my favorites as far as coverage.

Do not use latex paint on a sign like this, if you are going to Mod Podge over the top. Mod Podge will cause the latex to bubble. Stick with a craft paint.

Are you ready to try your fall season sign?? Let’s get crafting!

Fall scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, paint, a pallet, and a brayer

Step 1 – Put Together Pallet and Paint

For this fall season sign, you can either purchase a small pallet or make your own (by using wood glue or nailing). If you don’t have the wood on hand, you can always go to the home improvement store and have them cut you some pieces, or see if they’ll sell you scraps.

I was lucky and had the wood leftover from another project, so that’s what I used.

Before you do any assembly, I recommend painting your wood pieces first and letting dry 30 minutes. I only needed to use one coat for this project.

This is your opportunity to distress the edges or whatever you’d like to do to make it yours.

Assemble and paint a mini pallet

Step 2 – Add Scrapbook Paper

Start by painting Mod Podge onto the back of the scrapbook paper as well as on the wood pallet. You need to work rather quickly, as your decoupage medium will start drying quickly, which is what causes bubbles.

Place the paper, and smooth out completely with your hands. Remove any excess Mod Podge that comes out the edges with a paint brush, and then start smoothing.

I used my “handy dandy” roller/brayer to smooth out any bubbles. It worked perfectly! Another option – a used credit card. Drag it gently across the top.

Once you’ve got your scrapbook paper down and smooth, let dry for 15 – 20 minutes.

Add Mod Podge to a piece of scrapbook paper and smooth

Step 3 – Finishing Touches

Add a top coat of Mod Podge over the scrapbook paper and let dry. You can choose to add a second coat if you like. After letting the sign dry an hour, I was ready to display!

Close up detail of a fall season sign I made

I’m really happy with how my fall season sign turned out. I think it looks really great in my den; I just painted those walls that color and it looks perfect in there. I’m LOVING some faux leaves next to it!!

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This DIY fall season sign will be a great addition to my autumn decor. I want to go back to Hobby Lobby and see if I can find some subway art scrapbook paper for Christmas. That would be another fun and easy fall craft for adults to do!!

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