Looking for an easy project to personalize your space?  Here’s one of my favorite painted sign ideas.  All you need is a piece of wood and a paint brush.

painted wooden sign ideas vintage sign

I never promised you a rose garden.

But I did promise you a sign tutorial.  Did you think I forgot?


I’m all about a painted sign.  It’s one of the easiest and the simplest ways to create wall art in minutes.  If you have a blank wall and a little imagination and a paintbrush, this is the project for you.

Here’s one of my very favorite painted sign ideas.


pumpkin and painted wooden sign with leaves and flowers


What is it about fall that turns me into a sign painter?


I’ve been painting fall signs since the first crimson and orange leaf dropped off the tree.

Maybe it’s because they go so well with pumpkins.

Maybe it’s because signs make me think of hot chocolate and hot chocolate makes me think of fall.

Whatever the reason, if fall makes you think of wood and pumpkins and falling leaves and hot chocolate and signs…..

….here’s one of the easiest painted sign ideas you can make.

painted fall sign with leaves on vintage table

DIY Happy Fall Wood Sign

painted wooden sign ideas with craft paint and paint brush


  • paint
  • carbon tracing paper
  • wood board
  • paint brush
  • word print out

painted wooden sign with white paper and happy fall

Step 1:  Print out words

Choose the saying you want to paint.

I chose happy fall.  I printed it out in my favorite font and made sure it was large enough to fill up the board.

This saying was printed at 150.

happy fall outline on rough wood to make a painted sign

Step 2:  Trace words onto board

Place a piece of carbon tracing paper underneath the words.

Using a pencil, trace the letters onto the board.

You can see the faint outline of the words on the board in the picture.

paint brush with brown paint to make sign with lettering

Step 3:  Paint

Using a craft paint brush and craft paint, simply fill in the letters you traced.

You can trace lightly for a more rustic look like this.

Or, you can add another layer of paint for more defined lettering.

Let dry.

You can also add a coat of acrylic sealer to seal in the letters on the board.

Let dry.

wood happy fall sign painted sign ideas woven pumpkins and leaves

Your sign is ready to display.

Add a few pumpkins and leaves from the yard to create a fun fall vignette.

And now?

Happy fall….I’m off to paint again!

how to make a painted wooden sign

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  1. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    Wow; what a great tutorial! So smart to use picket fencing- who would have thought?Have a wonderful weekend too.

  2. Image for Linda @ it all started with paint Linda @ it all started with paint

    A fabulous tutorial by Kristen ... so thanks so much for sharing. And I will be stopping by Kristen's blog to, you know, say hello and lavish some blog love ... And don't worry about that rose garden. I'm much more of a daisy and tulip girl ... :) Linda

  3. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Karianne...I am so happy that you are "spreading the love" to us...Kristen and Scott did an amazing job and made it look so simple...My kind of project...!!!

  4. Image for Beverly Beverly

    Happy Friday, Karianne. Is it your birthday week? I love birthdays. I advocated birthday weeks many years ago. Then when I celebrated number fifty, I decided I was going with birthday month. Now that I have further pondered my birthday, I have implemented the new birthday celebratory rule - the month before and the month after. I know it seems excessive, but my birthday is toward the end of the month, and besides I like to celebrate. So, after that long dissertation, if it is your birthday week - Happy Birthday♥. And, about that rose garden. I have one that I will gladly share with you. We just have to wait for them to start the season. Great tutorial. Now, if I can only find one vacant space to hang something in our home. It runneth over.

  5. Image for Kirby Kirby

    Oh, shite! I am *borrowing* my projector from work and totally doing this this weekend! I need a new sign for the shop. Oh, lawd...what a can of worms y'all have opened!

  6. Image for "Auntie" "Auntie"

    Wow! My wood-working husband would appreciate how this lady blogger can do wood-working. :-) "One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats." ~Iris Murdock

  7. Image for Bliss Bliss

    I'm going grocery shopping and so help me if I start humming I Never Promised You a Rose Garden in the produce department I'm gonna hunt you down.... ~Bliss~

  8. Image for Laura Putnam Laura Putnam

    Do you know what kind of projector she used. I have been looking for one forever and seems everything I find is so high tech they are like $500, any advice. Thanks, Laura

  9. Image for Tammy Tammy

    Happy Birthday! I'm enjoying catching up on all of your posts today. Wow. Those smocked curtains! Did you do the smocking? I want some! Man oh man, they are simply gorgeous {with an exclamation point!}

  10. Image for Erin Erin

    Ack! I love it! I've been wanting to do a sign lately for motivation above my home office desk. This is so do-able and perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Image for Donna Donna

    I look forward to seeing your posts each week. I have nominated your blog for the Sunshine Award today in my post https://holimess.blogspot.com/2012/02/sunshine-award.html I enjoy your blog! Donna

  12. Image for Pat Pat

    Over head projectors are Awesome! in the day and age of Cricuts and computers... I still use my 'handy-dandy' over head projector for projects like this...well, and my computer. cute project and so sweet to have that memory of doing it together.

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