DIY Harvest Time Sign for Autumn

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Do you ever make a mistake with a project and want to just throw it out the door? Well, I do make mistakes and this time, particularly, I couldn’t throw it out. It’s wood! So instead of burning this wood round that gave me fits, I decided to turn it into something new. Check out how I created a DIY harvest time sign for the beginning of our autumn season.

Broken Wood Round Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Truth be told, I broke this thing when I was building a pedestal table out of a broken hall tree. You can read all about that HERE. What happened was when I was tapping the top on, I broke the edge of the round off. That entailed giving a super sweet phone call to JC to tell him of my dire circumstances and beg him to stop and pick up another one. He graciously obliged. I have a good man. tsk.

Plus, this “mistake” totally reminds me of how we see ourselves versus how God sees us. We may feel broken beyond usefulness, but He has a plan. The key is to being patient and wait for His timing to fall into place. Do you ever feel like waiting is the hardest thing? I do.

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Now…what to do with a broken wooden circle? Turn it into something completely new. Yeehaw! I won’t drag out each step because it’s pretty simple. However, my end goal was to create a DIY harvest time sign with a bit of whimsy.

First, I tried using a straight edge to guide my jigsaw to take off both of the ragged edges. It’s not like I could run this through our table saw to rip it off since there’s no straight edge to push it against.

Using Jigsaw to Cut Wooden Round | prodigalpieces.com

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I found that the jigsaw was a bit wonky, so I ditched it. Instead, I grabbed my circular saw and got it done lickety-split. {{happy dance}} You can take a peek at my full tool arsenal over HERE.

Next, I took the the smaller of the two pieces and drew on an outline of pumpkins to cut out with my jigsaw. Once those were done, I sanded and stained them both. Here is the dry layout of the pieces shown below:

Pumpkin Sign Layout by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Time for some painting fun! I painted the pumpkins in a rustic style with an aged appeal. Not only was this was fun for me to take a minute to unwind, but also because my kids gather ’round to watch me work. What a blast!

Hand-Painting Pumpkins by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Once the paint cured, I added dimension using brown wax. While that cured, I used my transfer method to create and paint some typography to the larger of the broken pieces.

Last, I assembled them with wood glue and my nailer. Here it is ready to decorate someone’s home.

Handmade Harvest Time Sign with Scripture of Luke 10:2 by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

"The Harvest is Plentiful, but the Workers are Few" ~ DIY Harvest Time Sign by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Isn’t it fun? It reads: Harvest Time – “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” Luke 10:2. What does that mean? Simply put, God is at work in the hearts of people, and He asks us to reach out to them, show them love, and draw them into His loving arms. Funny thing is that when I decided on this design our church was having their annual missions conference and had a guest speaker that used this verse. That for me was confirmation of my project – humble though it may be.

Can you see how the layering of the wood created a cool dimension?

Rustic Farmhouse Harvest Sign with Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Rustic Farmhouse Fall Mantel by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I thoroughly enjoy decorating our mantel for the seasons, though we’re in a bit of a transition state with our remodel which deems it nearly impossible. However, I make the most of it while I can and enjoy the beauty that nature inspires. How do you like to decorate for fall?

Farmhouse Style Harvest Sign with DIY Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Farmhouse Fall Vignette on Mantel by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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In the meantime, do pin and share my DIY harvest time sign to inspire others to see beyond the broken and envision the new. Thank you!

Come see how this DIY Harvest Time Sign was created using a broken wood round. Full DIY details by Larissa at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #home #homedecor #farmhouse

TERMS OF USE: if you decide to create this 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.

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18 Comments

  • Janette

    Hi Larissa, I love this beautiful sign you made, it does my heart good to see something so precious made from something so broken, that many would cast aside, I am so glad you try and rescue so many things, you are amazing with a kind heart…..Here in England we don’t really dress our homes for the Autumn like you all do, we do ‘cosy up’ but not like you all do which is sad but hey, we have a good halloween with pumpkin fun so I suppose its a start..xx

    October 2, 2018 at 8:25 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Hi Janette! Thank you for the kind words. Sounds like fun! 😀

      October 2, 2018 at 8:47 am Reply
  • Susan

    Wow!!! Just wow! That’s gorgeous!!

    October 2, 2018 at 8:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Aww…you made me blush, girl! Thank you, Susan.

      October 2, 2018 at 10:04 am Reply
  • Debra A Wise

    Amazing that you took something broken and turned it into something beautiful! I especially love the scripture on it! Great makeover!

    October 2, 2018 at 8:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Once I had the idea I couldn’t wait till the season came to get it done. Thank you for the love, Debra!

      October 2, 2018 at 10:05 am Reply
  • Shirley

    Now that’s impressive! I 💕 what you did with this. I have a few broken pieces myself that need attention. I just wish I had strength to get back out there and do things.

    October 2, 2018 at 8:55 am Reply
    • Larissa

      happy dance!! Thank you, Shirley. Prayers for you to be restored. I am a booger when I can’t do! 😀

      October 2, 2018 at 10:05 am Reply
  • gwen

    I LOVE the muted colors you chose and it’s a beautiful reminder that our sometimes broken lives will be mended. thanks Larissa!

    October 2, 2018 at 10:03 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Working on this was so fun for me. I’m delighted you like it. And so thankful for His grace.

      October 2, 2018 at 10:08 am Reply
  • Sandi Allen

    How creative! Love this!!

    October 2, 2018 at 10:10 am Reply
    • Larissa

      This was so fun for me to do. Thanks, Sandi!

      October 2, 2018 at 11:48 am Reply
  • Kimberly

    This is absolutely beautiful, Larissa! You did a wonderful job.

    October 2, 2018 at 11:15 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You just made my day, Kimberly. Thank you!

      October 2, 2018 at 11:49 am Reply
  • Minnie

    This is exactly what I call, “Perfection in the flaws” !
    It truly is something I say a lot and simply means my project did not cooperate but nevertheless TaDa!
    And let my say your project is lovely and very TaDa worthy…love it!
    Blessings to you!
    Minnie

    October 2, 2018 at 11:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      So fun! I call it #trashure – seeing the best in what someone else would consider trash. Thanks you so much for the smile! 😀

      October 2, 2018 at 11:50 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! That is so wonderful to hear, Minnie. Thank you!

      October 2, 2018 at 9:46 pm Reply
  • Fran

    I LUV this….so darn cute! I’ve said before how your talents and “outside the box” thinking” are such an inspiration, as well as your kind and Christian heart! Many thanks for sharing.

    October 2, 2018 at 12:00 pm Reply
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