Pumpkins and Apples Sign

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Are you decorating your house yet for fall? I'm starting to ease my way into fall decoration. I've brought out my fall box, but haven't gone all out yet. Part of that is that it's still in the 80's to 90's around here every day.

But I've been wanting to make a fall-ish sign as the basis for my mantel design, and I decided on one with pumpkins and apples, but no traditional fall colors--just neutral gray and white.

First, select your wood. I took a 1x6 board that was once a part of some steps in our garage--pretty beat up, but still pretty smooth. I took some white chalk paint (Annie Sloan pure white) and painted a base coat, and let it dry.

Then I created the text on my silhouette. The arrows I had in my library--not sure if they came with my Silhouette, or if I got them free. The font is Titiana. I had everything rotated to maximize the size on my Silhouette Portrait.

I cut the letters and arrows out of clear contact paper. I've found that contact paper works great as a stencil. I arranged my text and made sure that all the contact paper was sealed down. Then I painted the whole thing with dark gray chalky finish paint (Americana Decor Relic).

Once everything was dry, I removed the contact paper to reveal my beautiful letters, but I wanted it to look antiqued. So I took some sandpaper and sanded it down, focusing my attention on the edges, where wear would naturally occur. I did not wax it because I liked the chalky look of this piece, but you could if you wanted more gloss.

And that's it--a simple early fall decor item for your home.

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration! Our Sons & Daughters Wood Shims and Word Art Simple DIY Canvas Art Pallet Signs Chalk Paint Pumpkins with Fabric Leaves Make a Personalized Scarecrow DIY Wall Art for the Bathroom Decoupaged Fall Leaves Lampshade Gimme A F.A.L.L! Eat SOMETHING Sweet Baby Love Quilt Big Reveal Sketching Inspiration for my little Dancer - September Silhouette Challenge Family Feature Presentation Wall Art Last Unicorn Shadow Box Makin' my office a little more artsy fartsy Family Command Center DIY Grandparents Sign with Photo Frame Dream Big Little Girl Canvas Art Fall Pallet Sign {Grateful, Thankful, Blessed} Pumpkins and Apples Sign Handmade Freezer Paper Cloth Napkins
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