Fall Pumpkin Signs – The Crazy Craft Lady

Let’s get creative and make two different woods autumn pumpkin signs – decorated with a dollar store tray and popsicle sticks.

Autumn pumpkin signs

Making rustic pumpkin signs to decorate for fall

Let’s talk for a minute about the unfinished wooden signs. You can buy them at any craft store (and even Target or Amazon!). And because they come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles, they’re perfect for creating your own custom furniture pieces.

For this craft, I used two different unfinished wooden signs and decorated them with pumpkins for fall.

Why I love this fall craft:

These pumpkin signs are totally customizable. To match your decor style, you can easily change: the wood tint, the paint color and the ribbon pattern. So feel free to be creative!

VIDEO TUTORIAL: How to Make 2 Autumn Pumpkin Signs

Follow this short video or read the step by step instructions below.

Sign No. 1 – Dollar Shop Plastic Pumpkin Tray

Supplies needed:

  • plastic pumpkin tray (from Dollar Tree)
  • unfinished wooden slatted sign
  • wood color – wood color FolkArt in Walnut
  • white chalk paint – Rustoleum brand
  • Waverly chalk paint – Moss and Mineral colors
  • wide flat brushes
  • paper towels
  • heavy scissors or work shears
  • tape
  • hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • scrap piece of foam supplies to make the dollar store pumpkin sign

Tutorial: How to Make a Fall Sign Out of a Dollar Store Plastic Pumpkin Tray

  1. Stain the wooden slatted sign. stain the wooden sign
  2. Use a dry brush with a small amount of paint to lightly brush the wood. Add as much paint as you like, until the wood looks weathered. If you add too much paint, let it dry and use sandpaper to age the wood. dry brush gray paint to resist wood
  3. Paint the bottom of the plastic pumpkin tray. Add a coat of white paint to cover the entire surface. Let it dry. Using the same drybrush technique from step 2, paint the pumpkin green, letting some white paint seep through. paint the plastic pumpkin green
  4. Hot glue the piece of foam rubber onto the wooden sign. Next, hot glue the pumpkin tray onto the piece of foam rubber. hot glue the foam to the wooden sign
  5. Tie a bow with the ribbon. How to glue the bow to the base of the pumpkin stem.
Fall sign made with a plastic dollar tree pumpkin tray

Sign No. 2 – Pumpkin with popsicle sticks

Supplies needed:

  • unfinished wood sign
  • wood color – wood color FolkArt in Walnut
  • Waverly chalk paint – Moss and Mineral colors
  • wide flat brushes
  • popsicle stick
  • scissors – durable and made of fabric
  • Mod Podge
  • black and white checked fabric
  • hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • piece of bark or small twig
  • fake vegetation
  • string supplies to make a stick pumpkin popsicle sign

Tutorial: How to Make a Pumpkin Sign with Popsicle Sticks

  1. Stain the frame of the wooden sign.
  2. Use a dry brush with a small amount of paint to lightly brush the wood. Add as much paint as you like until the wood looks weathered. If you add too much paint, let it dry and use sandpaper to age the wood. stain and lightly paint the wooden frame
  3. Stain the popsicle sticks. Using the same dry brush technique from step 2, paint the popsicle sticks green, letting some of the wood penetrate. paint the popsicle sticks
  4. Apply a generous layer of Mod Podge to the inside of the wooden sign. Cut a piece of fabric to size and smooth it inside the mark. add Mod Podge to the wooden sign
  5. Cut the round ends from the popsicle sticks, to varying lengths.
  6. Hot glue the popsicle sticks to the sign. Make sure the top and bottom sticks are shorter than the middle ones, forming a round pumpkin. hot glue the popsicle sticks to the sign
  7. Create a pumpkin stem by hot gluing a piece of bark, faux leaves, and a bow of string to the top of the pumpkin.
pumpkin sign with popsicle sticks
Fall sign made with a plastic dollar tree pumpkin tray

Grab a plastic pumpkin tray from the dollar store and make a cute fall decor to hang.

Materials

  • plastic pumpkin tray (from Dollar Tree)
  • unfinished wooden slatted sign
  • wood color – wood color FolkArt in Walnut
  • white chalk paint – Rustoleum brand
  • Waverly chalk paint – Moss and Mineral colors
  • wide flat brushes
  • paper towels
  • heavy scissors or work shears
  • tape
  • hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • scrap piece of foam

Instructions

    1. Stain the wooden slatted sign.
    2. Use a dry brush with a small amount of paint to lightly brush the wood. Add as much paint as you like until the wood looks weathered. If you add too much paint, let it dry and use sandpaper to age the wood.
    3. Paint the bottom of the plastic pumpkin tray. Add a coat of white paint to cover the entire surface. Let it dry. Using the same dry brush technique from step 2, paint the pumpkin green, letting some white paint seep through.
    4. Hot glue the piece of foam rubber onto the wooden sign. Then, hot glue the pumpkin tray onto the piece of foam rubber.
    5. Tie a bow with the ribbon. How to glue the bow to the base of the pumpkin stem.
pumpkin sign with popsicle sticks

Create an autumn sign with a fabric background and a cute pumpkin out of seasoned popsicle sticks.

Materials

  • unfinished wood sign
  • wood color – wood color FolkArt in Walnut
  • Waverly chalk paint – Moss and Mineral colors
  • wide flat brushes
  • popsicle stick
  • scissors – durable and made of fabric
  • Mod Podge
  • black and white checked fabric
  • hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • piece of bark or small twig
  • fake vegetation
  • string

Instructions

    1. Stain the frame of the wooden sign.
    2. Use a dry brush with a small amount of paint to lightly brush the wood. Add as much paint as you like until the wood looks weathered. If you add too much paint, let it dry and use sandpaper to age the wood.
    3. Stain the popsicle sticks. Using the same dry brush technique from step 2, paint the popsicle sticks green, letting some wood penetrate through.
    4. Apply a generous layer of Mod Podge to the inside of the wooden sign. Cut a piece of fabric to size and smooth it inside the mark.
    5. Cut the round ends from the popsicle sticks, to varying lengths.
    6. Hot glue the popsicle sticks to the mark. Make sure the top and bottom sticks are shorter than the middle ones, forming a round pumpkin.
    7. Create a pumpkin stem by hot gluing a piece of bark, faux leaves, and a bow of twine to the top of the pumpkin.

More Fall Crafts and DIY Decorations:

  • Take some’ dollar shop pumpkin signs, and we start creating. Transform these Dollar Tree Door Hangers into fully customized fall decorations.
  • Check out my last two DIY pumpkin decorating projectsand a neutral autumn mantel in a rustic style. DIY scrap wood pumpkins and dollar store foam pumpkin topiaries.
  • Grab some supplies from a dollar store and make these two cute Reverse hang dollar tree canvascrafts to decorate this fall.
  • Give your fall decor a touch of rustic style with these super cute and easy to make wooden beaded pumpkins.