DIY Sign for Autumn

DIY decor is so inexpensive to make. Just look at this Garden Sign I hung for summer, or the Custom Banner for Elliot’s nursery, a Potholder for the kitchen, or this Waist Apron I made from vintage fabric.

I aim to keep autumn decor very simple and natural-looking inside the home. This usually means bringing real pumpkins inside and filling vases with dried flowers and corn stalks. But there are a few other items that I like to complement the natural elements with.

One of those being a small, homemade sign for Autumn. It’s just the right size to fit on my table without taking up too much attention!

I’ve created a tutorial and lettering template if you’d like to make a sign just like mine.

Decoration for autumn doesn’t have to be complicated or cluttered. This little fall sign is simplistic, easy to make, and the perfect size for any table scape. Follow this step-by-step tutorial for a simple sign for Autumn. Free printable template included! Let’s make some decor for fall!

How to Make a Sign for Autumn

What You’ll Need

  • Wood
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Saw (optional)
  • Paint pen
  • Pencil
  • Lettering template


  1. Cut the wood according to these measurements: the main board at 3.5 inches, 2 frame boards at 3.5 inches, and two frame boards at 5 inches. Make sure that the frame boards will line up correctly on your main board before moving on.
  2. Paint the main board in whatever color you prefer. I like to use a creamy white or black for mine.
  3. Print out the lettering template (located just below these instructions. I sketched this up by hand and designed it to fit a 3.5 inch board.
  4. Line the template up in the center of the board.
  5. Use a pencil to trace over the letters. Be sure to press down firmly so the indent of the pencil will transfer to the wood.
  6. Remove the template once the tracing is complete.
  7. Fill in the marks made by the pencil with a paint pen.
  8. Secure the frame boards to the main board with 2 inch nails. Using a drill bit to first create the holes may be helpful for this step.

Get The Lettering Template!


If you make this project and love how it turned out, feel free to come back and comment about your experience. I’d love to see your creation and how you used it!

Keep in Mind

  • This tutorial is quite flexible. Feel free to use a different paint color, skip the frame, paint the pumpkin orange, and even use different measurements than I did. The nature of this piece is to look custom, and handmade.

Is it Weather Proof?

No, this sign is intended to remain indoors.

Really want it to be an outdoor sign? Just add a layer of water-repellent preservative before painting, and apply wood sealer after all the painting is complete and dry.

This should make it last much longer and preserve the look.

Must I Use a Paint Pen?

You do not have to. I prefer paint pens because they apply easier, maintain a clean look, and I don’t have to dip a paintbrush in paint over and over.

This is the paint pen I used for this project. This brand is my favorite for calligraphy work!

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