Welcome Fall With a Charming Wooden Sign

Celebrate the season in style with this repurposed sign made from scrap wood.

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It seems like every year at this time, we get antsy for cool weather. Fall is our favorite time of year both for its cool breezes and lovely foliage. Mostly though, we love gardening in fall. Only in fall do you get flowers like mums and delicious cool weather veggies like kale. We decided this year to make an inexpensive welcome sign for our favorite season using a piece of scrap wood and some craft supplies.

Wood Sign in Container of Chrysanthemums

Repurposed Scrap Wood Fall Welcome Sign

Welcome Fall season with a fun sign made from scrap wood.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe


Scrap Wood, Paint, Wood Burner and Leaf Pattern

Supplies for Wood Welcome Fall Sign

Scrap wood is perfect for a wood Fall sign.

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Debbie Wolfe

  • scrap wood
  • wood craft letters (F, L,L—no “A”, the leaf will be in its place)
  • paint (fall accent colors)
  • stain
  • paint brush
  • wood glue
  • wood burner tool
  • leaf drawing (this is optional, but you can download a jpeg of a leaf outline and scale it to your craft letters and wood)
  • carbon transfer paper (optional)


Hand Painting Stain on Wood

Stain the Wood Sign

Stain the scrap wood with your favorite color.

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Debbie Wolfe

Stain the scrap wood any color you like. For an inexpensive stain, try this easy-to-make “aging/weathering” stain. In a large glass jar, fill it with vinegar and a steel wool pad. You will need to let it sit for a day before use. Once it’s ready, paint it on wood like you would any type of stain. It will gradually darken as it dries, giving the wood a weathered appearance.


Wood Letters

Paint Wood Letters for Sign

Paint the letters that you will use for your sign.

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Debbie Wolfe

Paint the wood letters with an accent color. Let them dry.

Glue and Trace

Wood with Letter F and Leaf Drawing

Transfer Leaf Template to Sign

Use carbon paper to transfer your leaf template to your sign.

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Debbie Wolfe

Lay out the letters. Use the leaf drawing to help position the letters as well. Once you have them in position, glue the letters down. Transfer the leaf drawing onto the wood with carbon paper.  Alternatively, you can draw the leaf freehand in the area where the “A” should be.

Paint Leaf

Hand Painting Leaf on Wood

Paint in the Leaf for the Sign

Paint in your leaf with a seasonal fall color.

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Debbie Wolfe

Paint in the leaf with the same accent color as the letters.

Burn Details

Wood Burning Tool and Painted Leaf

Outline Leaf on Sign with Wood Burner

Use a wood burning tool to add definition and texture to the painted leaf.

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Debbie Wolfe

Since the letters are raised, the leaf needs some definition to make it stand out better. Use a wood burning tool to trace around the edges of the leaf. Go slowly! The wood burning tool gets very hot. Also, don’t hold it in place too long. Add the veins to the leaf as well.


Wood Sign in Garden Bed

Versatile Welcome Sign for Fall

A simple sign that welcomes fall can be used in perennial garden beds.

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Debbie Wolfe

Display your sign in a perennial bed, in a container filled with autumn flowers or lean it by your front door. This sign can be customized—make it larger or smaller to accommodate your space. Swap out the maple leaf for an oak leaf or add brighter colors to your sign. However you make it, a welcome sign for fall is a great beginning for celebrating the season.

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