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DIY Harvest Sign from Scrap Wood

I tell ya, there needs to be a song about harvest time. It truly is a wonderful time of year where we reap the benefits of sweat equity in our labors of garden and more. I’m especially thankful for farmers and their endless devotion to keeping us fed. To celebrate, I’m taking these scrap pieces of wood and sharing a DIY harvest sign fit for any home.

Blank Plywood Before Signs by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Well, I had these 3 similar pieces of cabinet-grade plywood staring at me in my stash. It’s not a magic number, just thought it would fun to take each 3 and make them up in the same manner, but with 3 different finishes. So, at the end I want to hear which one suits your fancy, k?

If you want to make this too, here’s my basic supplies list:

TOOLS & SUPPLIES

TERMS OF USE: if you recreate this exact harvest sign, you agree to the following: it cannot be shared or distributed for monetary gain in any way, it may not be modified in any way, and you may not claim the work as your own.

DIY TIME

Let’s get started! First, I wanted to create a faux planked look on two of my harvest signs. In order to do that the easiest way, I hook up my circular saw to my jig and add random cuts about ¼” deep.

Kreg Rip Cut Jig for Making DIY Harvest Sign by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Notice I did cuts vertically on one and horizontally on the other. That’s just to show you variations using this idea.

Next for my DIY harvest sign, I use my pocket hole jig to add joints to the back side of each of my boards. If you don’t have one of these jigs, I can’t stress enough how awesome they are! You can build endless things…like my mudroom storage and reclaimed workbench.

Kreg Pocket Hole Jig for DIY Harvest Sign by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Also, we need to cut a frame for our sign. I am using leftover pallet wood from this project to make a frame. I wanted to miter my ends, but you could make it flush if you prefer. To make a mitered frame, measure the outer dimensions of your art and add the width of the wood. So, for instance, my sign was 19″ wide and my pallet wood is 3 ½” wide. I add 7″ to my 19″ width. Cut on a 45° angle with a miter saw or miter box.

Last, add pocket holes to the frame as shown below. However, don’t assemble yet.

Pocket Joints on DIY Harvest Sign by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Then, before I assemble, I give each one a different finish. One I use a flat black paint (still wet in pics), the next I use a reactive weathered wood stain, and the last is a darker stain.

Rustic DIY Harvest Signs Before Typography by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

NEXT STEPS

After my stains/paint cure, I wanted to add texture to one of them. With an old brush I whitewash the dark brown stained one following the cut lines.

Whitewashing DIY Harvest Sign by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

One more thing, I love to add typography, so you knew that was coming. haha.  Using my age-old technique first mentioned in this post, I rub pastels over the back side of my own design. Use a window or a light pad to make it easier. You could also use any graphic you like or even stencil at this point as well.

Image Transfer for DIY Harvest Sign by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Next, center and tape the design to the front of your sign. Using a colored pencil so you can see where you’re working, trace the design onto your sign.

Transferring Harvest Sign Image | prodigalpieces.com

Then, paint in your design. Feel free to mix it up and add different depths with shadows and such. Have fun!

Painting Typography on Farmhouse Harvest Sign by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

While we’re waiting for the paint to cure, you can finish you pallet frames in whatever finish you want. Last, assemble it all together and add your keyhole hardware to make it ready to hang.

THE REVEAL

It’s time to see all three DIY harvest signs complete. wahoo! First, is this chalkboard style harvest sign with a natural, rustic pallet frame.

Chalkboard Style DIY Harvest Sign by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #homedecor #diy

DIY Harvest Sign with Pumpkin Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #fall #home #homedecor

Second, is this one I finished with reactive stain and a dark frame.

Farmhouse Pumpkin Harvest Sign by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home #homedecor #fall

Rustic Farmhouse Harvest Sign with Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #fall #home #diy #reclaimed #homedecor

Last, but not least, is my whitewashed sign with gray-wash frame.

Rustic Chic Farmhouse Harvest Sign by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #harvest #farmhouse #diy #home #homedecor

Farmhouse Chic DIY Harvest Sign by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #farmhouse

Hand-Painted Farmhouse Pumpkin Sign by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #homedecor #diy #pumpkin

So…which is your favorite? Most of my kids were partial to the last one. However, I like them all for different reasons.

If you’d like to make one of these your own for your home, you can find them and more available in my online shop.

  • Antique Wash Stand by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com
    Antique Wash Stand ~ $275

In addition to giving me feedback, do pin and share to inspire others to skip the box store and create their own harvest fun decor.

Grab that scrap wood and make a DIY Harvest Sign Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #homedecor #diy #upcycled

Up next, I’ll be giving this vintage piece some repair and TLC. Come see its new life HERE.

Dry Sink Before | prodigalpieces.com

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Comments

  1. Jane says

    I like all three, but I absolutely LOVE the last sign you made!

    • Larissa says

      Yay! So fun for me. That’s the top pick in my home too. 😀 Thanks, Jane.

  2. Rebecca - NC says

    Wow!!! I love them! The third one fits my decor…. but the first two show your amazing painting talent!! And by the way, thank you so much for your hard work. I can only imagine how difficult it is to share so many new projects with us each week. And, your blog posts are so detailed and instructive! THANK YOU!!!!

    • Larissa says

      Rebecca, you’ve made my day! 😀 Thank you so much for getting how much time and energy goes into each post. It means much! Hugs!

  3. Paula says

    I also love all three. If I HAD to pick just one, I really like the second one because it looks more like a sign from yesteryear. I agree with Rebecca about being amazed at your posts. Not only alot of work creating your project, but then writing , photographing, editing and posting. THEN you respond the comments. All this while keeping happy, healthy home and family. You do inspire us in many ways!

    • Larissa says

      That one was one of my faves to paint. Thanks so much, Paula. Yes, much work, but I truly hope to reach folks and inspire them to try. Sending hugs!!

  4. Judy Burnside says

    I love them ALL!! The chalkboard sign is so fun and colorful. The second one reminds me of a sign that could easily be in a lovely old farm stand bakery near my home. The third is just so rustic and comfy! You are so talented, and I have to “ditto” the earlier comments about how amazing you are to do all that you do. God has blessed you with vision, insight, and organization to get all of this done, and with such a flare! Because of your encouragement through your blog, I am currently working on a little painted box to put on my 3-season porch so I can try to “over-winter” some Gerbera Daisies I was gifted with. A little paint, distressing, some graphics, a little hardware and it should be good to go! Thanks so much for your inspiration and instruction. Love, love, love it all!

    • Larissa says

      Wahoo!! You’re so awesome, Judy! Thank you for the smile. 😀 And…you just made my day. I’m tickled to hear you’re DIYing it!

  5. Marie-Interior Frugalista says

    Totally agree, Kreg pocket hole jigs are the jam. Love the rustic vibe of all three of your DIY Fall signs, Larissa! We are on the same wavelength, girl. I created an almost identical graphic for a project scheduled to share next week.

    • Larissa says

      No joke! I am so addicted to mine. I can’t wait to see, Marie! 😀 We are sisters of another mother. hugs!

  6. Kaycee says

    Hi Larissa, Happy October 1st, what beautiful signs for the season. I love all three of them, but the first one really showcases your artistic talents.

    • Larissa says

      Same to you, Kaycee. Thanks so much for the encouraging words. 😀

  7. Janet Schen says

    I like them all but the second one speaks to me! I wish I had your imagination as you have the best ideas. I love the way you create beautiful items from scratch. I don’t know how you do it all with home schooling your kiddos, remodeling your house, shed and yard into home magazine-worthy projects! You’re awesome!

    • Larissa says

      You are so sweet, Janet! You made me tired just reading that. Thank you. It is a crazy time of my life and I do often wish things would slow down and I know it will one day. Probably won’t know what to do with myself. haha.

  8. Vickie Rider says

    Love all three, but the first one I would love to have. I love how everything just stands out on the black background. everything you do is great

    • Larissa says

      Thank you so much, Vickie. Chalkboard art is always a classic fave of mine.

  9. Diane says

    Love your work! I Look forward to Your blogposts, it is always fun to see what you are up to. Cheers, Di

    • Larissa says

      Awesome to hear! It’s fun for me to share, though it’s much work. Thank you, Diane.

  10. Cheryl Atkinson says

    Hi Larissa! I like the third one the best. Great job!

    • Larissa says

      Hello! Thanks so much. They all were fun and make for different tastes.

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