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DIY Autumn Sign

By: Ginger Snap Crafts
November 4, 2013

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DIY Autumn Sign
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Don’t you just love the look of hand painted signs? But think they look a little too hard to attempt yourself. Well, I’m here to show you how easy it is to make your own custom hand painted sign using some fabulous DecoArt products.

Items needed:

  • Patio Paint 2oz - Cloud White
  • Patio Paint 2oz - Woodland Brown
  • Patio Paint 2oz - Citrus Green
  • Patio Paint 2oz - Tiger Lily Orange
  • Vinyl Stencil
  • Coarse Sandpaper
  • Chunky Wood


I used the DecoArt Patio Paint Outdoor for this project. I love the Decoart Patio Paint Outdoor because it holds up so well outside! It doesn’t crack or peel. You don’t need a sealer or any varnishing. It’s weather resistant, & it comes in so many fun colors! It’s just plain awesome!

First you will paint your board the color you want your letters to be. I wanted my letters to be dark brown so I used the DecoArt Patio Paint Outdoor in Woodland Brown for this step. Let your paint dry really well. I waited until the next day. Then you will apply your vinyl lettering on top. (If your paint isn’t thoroughly dried some paint might come off with your stencil later on. You don’t want that to happen! So make sure your paint is nice & dry!)

Instruction #2 - Brown
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Then you will put a nice layer of the Americana Decoupage on top of the vinyl lettering with a foam brush. This will “seal” your vinyl lettering & prevent seepage of the contrasting paint color in just a bit.

Instruction #3 - Decoupage
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I let the Decoupage dry, and then I put two layers of Patio Paint Outdoor in Cloud White on top of that.

Instruction #4 - painting a hand painted sign
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Then I removed the vinyl lettering.

Instruction #5 - make your own sign68
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I love those clean lines!

Instruction #6 - harvest time  sign66
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I thought my sign needed a little bit of fall color so I used the Tiger Lily Orange & Sweet Pea Patio Paint Outdoor to paint the leaves on my sign.

Instruction #7 - Orange
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I tried to add different strokes in different directions so my leaves wouldn’t look perfect! ;)

Instruction #8 - Strokes
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After the all the paint was completely dried I used some coarse sandpaper to go over the whole board to rough it up a little bit. :)

Instruction #9 - Sand
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I love how it turned out! It adds the perfect fall touch to our front entry way.

Instruction #10 - front
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Be sure to visit Ginger Snap Crafts  for more projects and to learn more about Ginger.


Where did the 'Harvest Time' come from? I would love to use that design and make one for myself.


October 15, 2014

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