Fall Sign

I saw a really cute fall sign on Pinterest, so of course I had to give it a try (and, for those of you who may be wondering, yes, I spend entirely too much time on Pinterest).

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First, the materials:

  • wooden tiles
  • wooden maple leaf cutouts
  • assorted scrapbook paper
  • paint
  • Mod Podge
  • jute
  • buttons and/or other decorations (optional)

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  1. Trace the outline of the wooden tiles onto scrapbook paper; cut out.
  2. Apply a thin, even layer of Mod Podge to the first tile.  Carefully place a piece of the scrapbook paper you cut out onto the tile.  Smooth with your fingers, pressing out any air bubbles.  Allow to dry thoroughly (this is the hard part for those of us who are a bit impatient!).
  3. Paint the maple leaves.  Allow to dry completely.  Once dry, paint “FALL” onto the leaves–one letter per leaf.
  4. Drill holes large enough to accommodate the jute in both the tops and bottom of three tiles.  Drill holes in only the top of the last tile.
  5. Using  hot glue, adhere the leaves and buttons and/or other embellishments to the tiles.
  6.  Cut a long piece of jute and thread it through one hole in the bottom tile; tie a knot.  Weave the jute through the other tiles, leaving enough to make a hanger at the top.  Knot after it’s threaded through the last hole.

Be sure to lay your tiles out before gluing or stringing together to make sure you get the look you want.

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I first painted the letters in black, but they didn’t show up well enough on the darker leaves.

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I then decided to paint the letters in an ivory, but didn’t like how the ivory looked on the yellow leaf.  In the end, the top and bottom letters are in ivory and the two middle are in brown.  Much better, I think.

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Believe it or not, this picture was taken on the same wall.  The first was taken at night and the second this morning with natural light.  Photographers aren’t kidding when they say natural light is best!

It’s hard to believe it’s nearly October.  We’re supposed to finally get some cooler temps this week in Southwest Virginia.  It’s about time!  In my little world fall temps should start immediately after Labor Day.  No sense wasting days that could be spent in sweaters and scarves!

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