Happpppy Tuesday my friends! Today I’m sharing a simple DIY pumpkin farm sign that I made last weekend and it literally cost me zero dollars. Nada. Zilch. Zippo. I think it turned out pretty cute, so I’m excited to show you how simple it was to make. But before I get into the tutorial, here’s a little random fact about me: I really, really want to own a pumpkin farm one day. There’s just something so charming and dreamy about a pumpkin farm. Rolling hills, hay rides, corn maze, and of course pumpkin picking straight off the vine. Plus I’d have the most perfect little white farmhouse off in the distance. Ahhh, sounds heavenly, right? I’ve added it to my bucket list, so fingers crossed. And maybe if I get there one day I’ll use this sign to advertise!
- Wood pallet
- Large printed letters, I used the font Modern No. 20 in size 500 to print PUMPKIN FARM
- Minwax wood stain in Gunstock (optional)
- White paint
- Paint for letters–I used black and a light brown
Ok, so this sign was super easy to make and I used the same technique from my bakery sign tutorial. No fancy machines, just letters printed form Word. First I started with making my own pallet from leftover wood I had sitting in the garage. These are strips from one of my planked wall projects, so this is just underlayment. You can get creative and use any extra wood you have sitting around to make a pallet. Or you can always pick one up from a craft store.
I cut the planks into 3 different strips. They were about 38″ long.
Then I simply stapled a few smaller boards on the back to finish it off. I also added a couple drops of wood glue underneath the planks on the back just to make sure it was nice and secure. Easy peasy.
Now this next step is totally optional. I wanted to paint the pallet white, but I also wanted it to have a distressed, weathered look. So I decided to start by staining it dark (I used one coat of Minwax stain in Gunstock) and then I painted directly over it. I was happily surprised that it worked really well!
Here’s a close up of the finished look after distressing it a bit. Perfecto!
Ok, now on to the words. I simply printed PUMPKIN FARM in all caps in Modern No. 20 in Word. Cut out the letters and tape them onto the wood. For that little pumpkin on the end, I actually found that in Word as well. Just search for pumpkin in the clipart and you’ll see it. This one was a tad big, so I cut it down a little.
Then simply trace around the letters with a pen and voila! Next just paint in each letter with a small paint brush.
I felt like it needed a little something more, so I added the “5 Miles” underneath in Old Bookman Font and a soft brown paint.
I distressed it pretty heavily with sandpaper, including over the painted letters, because I really wanted it to have a realistic, weathered look like a real pumpkin farm sign would. I was soooo happy with how the stain/paint combination worked. Given that the wood was new, it definitely wouldn’t have looked distressed without that step.
Well there it is, my simple pumpkin farm sign. This was so easy to put together and I think it turned out pretty darn cute. Since we don’t have our own pumpkin farm just yet, I’m thinking this sign would work perfectly on our front porch, all decked out for fall, but I haven’t got there yet so this is where it will stay for now. Thankfully I had all of the materials already sitting in my garage, so this didn’t cost a dime. And remember, if you don’t want to go to the hassle of making your own wood pallet, you can buy one from any craft store. I was in Hobby Lobby the other day and they have a ton of great options. Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear your thoughts! And as always thank for stopping by the blog, I am sooooooo grateful to have you here!
Also be sure to check out my other DIY fall sign: