DIY: Reclaimed Wood Fall Harvest Sign

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Fall is just around the corner and it’s one of my favorite seasons. For me, living in farm country, it means harvest time! All the wonders of creation performing their grand finale and we get to reap the benefit of such splendor. There’s nothing like a cup of hot cider on a cool fall evening, a hearty pile of pumpkins, or a long hayride with our loved ones. That’s what I envisioned when deciding what to create for this month’s Power Tool Challenge. (there’s all sorts of DIY goodies for you at the bottom of this post!) Here is my treat to you, a fall harvest sign.

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For my project, I wanted a rustic harvest sign that would bring back memories and also create them too.

Want to create rustic decor for the fall season? You can create this DIY harvest sign with only one power tool and this tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Want to create one of your very own? I’ve got the DIY details for you! Just grab your jigsaw, some scrap or new lumber and let’s get to work.

Want to create rustic decor for the fall season? You can create this DIY harvest sign with only one power tool and this tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

(note: I used chippy siding for my project and this is totally up to your interpretation. Have fun with it and mix it up if you’d like. I’ve added the details for using a 1″ x 6″ x 8′ raw pine board in the materials list below. Home Depot can cut the boards for you for free.)

Here’s what you’ll need to make a harvest sign:

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  • jigsaw
  • 2 – 1″ x 6″ boards 24″ long
  • 2 – 1″ x 6″ boards 18″ long
  • woodworking square
  • tape measure
  • 5″ x 7″ paperboard for template (a cereal box, notepad backing, etc)
  • pencil
  • sandpaper
  • safety goggles
  • hook and eye hangers (6 hooks, 6 eyes) – you could also use wire or an old hanger cut up.
  • flush mount picture hangers
  • chalk
  • paint/paint brush
  • stain (if using raw lumber)

Let’s make your template first. Grab your paperboard and follow the sizing in the picture to cut it into a house shape:

Want to create rustic decor for the fall season? You can create this DIY harvest sign with only one power tool and this tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Now that you’ve got your template, let’s put it to work. You will be using this to create two different boards. For the first 24″ board, you will put the template with point facing outward (like an arrow) and lined up to the edge and trace.

Want to create rustic decor for the fall season? You can create this DIY harvest sign with only one power tool and this tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Cut off corners, and lightly sand to remove rough edges. One board done!

Grab your second 24″ board and place the template facing inward and lined up with the outside edge. Trace and cut. When cutting, run your saw down in one side, and then come back out and start a fresh-cut going down the other. That will give you a nice, crisp, point. Do this to both ends and lightly sand again.

Want to create rustic decor for the fall season? You can create this DIY harvest sign with only one power tool and this tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

All your boards should be cut and you’re ready to decorate. Yay!

If you’re starting with raw lumber and want to create an aged effect, just head to my layering tutorial and choose the colors you would like. To mimic the look on my sign, you would want a dark stain (any old stain will do) and a flat white paint.

Feel free to play with the layout. We took a vote in my family on which we preferred, but here are some options:

Want to create rustic decor for the fall season? You can create this DIY harvest sign with only one power tool and this tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces Want to create rustic decor for the fall season? You can create this DIY harvest sign with only one power tool and this tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The effect we’re going for is a rustic sign that looks like the farmer grabbed up some scrap wood and put this together to sell his goods. You most certainly can get funky with it and use fonts and such to transfer typography (I had a hard time not doing that, but wanted to keep it easy to follow). I have a tutorial on how to do that here.

Just grab some chalk (blackboard or sidewalk chalk will do), and lay out your design. Feel free to change-up the text too – make it suit your style and home.

Want to create rustic decor for the fall season? You can create this DIY harvest sign with only one power tool and this tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Since I have contrasting boards, I used black paint on the white boards with a square brush…

Want to create rustic decor for the fall season? You can create this DIY harvest sign with only one power tool and this tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

…and white with colored inset on the darker boards.

Want to create rustic decor for the fall season? You can create this DIY harvest sign with only one power tool and this tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

To hang your boards together, use the hooks and eyes to connect, as seen in the picture above. I’ve got eye hooks and s-hooks shown below, but I had hooks on hand and used those instead. When using hooks, just make sure one is facing forward and the other facing backward so your sign stays on if you’re hanging it in the wind.

Want to create rustic decor for the fall season? You can create this DIY harvest sign with only one power tool and this tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

For the mounting hardware, just place your picture hangers 8″ in from the ends of your top board and ¼” down from the top edge.

Want to create rustic decor for the fall season? You can create this DIY harvest sign with only one power tool and this tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Now you’re ready to hang and enjoy! Isn’t it cute?

Want to create rustic decor for the fall season? You can create this DIY harvest sign with only one power tool and this tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

You could even add eye hooks to the top edge and mount it off of a post as a directional sign. Your family will love it! ♥ Not the DIY type? Then you can find this sign available in my shop → purchase here.

Want to create rustic decor for the fall season? You can create this DIY harvest sign with only one power tool and this tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I hope you had fun with this harvest sign project and would love it if you would pin and share so others can build too! Head below for the Power Tool Challenge DIYs.

Want to create rustic decor for the fall season? You can create this DIY harvest sign with only one power tool and this tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

More of my fall DIYs like my harvest sign:

Grab that old bowling ball you have lying around and turn it into whimsical fall decor. We've got the DIY! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Getting junky with it an kickin' off the fall season with some repurposed pumpkins. They'll make you ready to dig into your stash! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Now before you head off, take a stroll through DIY lane. I know you’ll be whipping out your tools when you see all this fall goodness from my blogging friends.


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29 Comments

  • Christy @Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    I love this, Larissa! It’s the perfect backdrop for your Fall porch! XO

    September 17, 2015 at 8:30 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Christy! It’s fun to create and decorate, especially for my favorite season.

      September 17, 2015 at 9:05 am Reply
  • Jeanie @ create&babble

    I love these signs Larissa! And I’m a little jealous of your stockpile of chippy, old wood ; )

    September 17, 2015 at 8:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hee hee hee…my hubby hates this stash because of it’s chippyness, but it’s got a whole lot of potential!

      September 17, 2015 at 9:06 am Reply
  • Cher @ Designs by Studio C

    These signs are so cute, Larissa! Simple to make, and the perfect weekend project for easy fall decor!

    September 17, 2015 at 8:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Cher! I really could go nuts on these, but love the simple projects too. I’m so glad you stopped by!

      September 17, 2015 at 9:06 am Reply
  • Diane

    Larissa you obviously love living in the country, we did try it ourselves back in the UK, living in the middle of the boondocks with farms all around us, but I couldnt get used to the quiet, the mud and the darkness. Living in the country sounds like a great idea but in reality it can be quite a lonely place, especially if you move into the area and you arent born in the place…you will forever be an outsider! I was so happy when we moved back to the town, albeit in another country and not a big town. Nevertheless I have made more friends living in a town in a country where I cant even speak the language very well, than I ever did living in the UK which is my birth place and on the outskirts of a small village in the middle east of England!

    Seriously they were weird…we called them the shining people, not wishing to offend it was said with laughter and not with nastiness…when I told a friend where we were moving to she said OMG dont they have 6 fingers and 6 toes up there…I just laughed my head off (its the english sense of humour). She had a point though everyone calles each other “me ducks” amongst other things! I actually saw more wildlife living in town than I saw in the country, however i am digressing.

    I just wanted to say that I love what you do, I love reading your blog, and watching you progress with your projects and your painted furniture is beautiful!

    September 17, 2015 at 9:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I do love living in the country and all that it offers, having grown up in the boonies. But now, I’m a city gal in a small urban setting located amongst farm country. I guess when you’re born in the country it never leaves you. 😉

      September 21, 2015 at 5:59 am Reply
  • ananda

    oh larissa, apple picking is my favorite thing about fall, and your signs are just what i need! in fact we are off to hudson valley in 2 weeks, and apple picking is going to happen! =) these signs are so rustic and beautiful, and your fabric pumpkins are the most stunning pumpkins of blogland, truly!!

    September 17, 2015 at 10:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You and me both, Ananda! I hope you have a grand time soaking it all in. Thank you for stopping by!

      September 21, 2015 at 5:58 am Reply
  • Marie@The Interior Frugalista

    Love love love yourFall directional signs Larissa, especially that you used chippy boards and hung them all together. I’m sure it’ll be gone in no time from your shop!

    September 17, 2015 at 11:02 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Gotta love chippy, right? They did go fast, but I’m making up more. Thanks for the love, Marie!

      September 19, 2015 at 8:29 am Reply
  • DeDe @ Designed Decor

    This is great! I love how it looks with your other fall décor!

    September 17, 2015 at 4:15 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, DeDe. It just isn’t fall with apple pickin’ and pumpkins! 🙂

      September 19, 2015 at 8:29 am Reply
  • Mary-In the boondocks

    What adorable signs!!Love that you made them together like that.

    September 17, 2015 at 4:37 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It was a fun project and suits a purpose too. Thank you, Mary!

      September 21, 2015 at 3:55 pm Reply
  • Paula@SweetPea

    Your signs truly look like they’ve been around for years and years. They make a terrific fall display.

    September 18, 2015 at 6:56 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! That’s what I was going for, Paula – thanks!

      September 19, 2015 at 8:26 am Reply
  • Amy

    Larissa I love your signs, they are so perfect for harvest time!

    September 18, 2015 at 11:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Amy. Gotta love fall!

      September 19, 2015 at 8:25 am Reply
  • Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage

    Your signs turned out amazing! Love that you hand painted the words. It gives them so much charm!

    September 18, 2015 at 10:29 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Tuula! They’re fun to do and reminiscent of days gone by. So glad you stopped by!

      September 19, 2015 at 8:22 am Reply
  • Cathy

    Love love love your blog!!! Super great ideas, love the name! Following you now and looking forward to more great things! 🙂 Found you over at the best of the weekend! 🙂
    Cathy

    September 19, 2015 at 9:41 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      So happy to have you, Cathy! Thank you for the copliments and encouraging me today. 🙂

      September 21, 2015 at 5:55 am Reply
  • Jenny @ Refresh Living

    These are adorable – just perfect for fall! You ladies knocked these projects out of the park for this challenge. Always so much fun to see everyone’s ideas – and ladies rocking the power tools!

    September 20, 2015 at 8:57 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Hi Jenny! Thank you so much for stopping by! It’s always fun to break out the tools and create, and better yet, to inspire.

      September 21, 2015 at 5:54 am Reply
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