I love fall! The smell of pumpkin spice and the feel of cool, brisk air whistling through the trees! Today I would like to show you how to make a DIY upcycled frame pumpkin sign.
I was so excited to be invited to participate in the Fall Ideas tour 2019 hosted by Angie over at Postcards from the Ridge. I will be joining 28 other blogger friends who have created beautiful Fall ideas. Please make sure to check them out each day this week. Links are at the bottom of the post. You don’t wanna miss it!
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DIY Upcycled Frame Pumpkin Sign
I found this damaged wood framed picture on the Hobby Lobby clearance aisle. It was marked down to $5.49 because it had a few scratches directly over the image itself. I am all about a bargain! However, the frame was in great shape!
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Wood Frame (An old picture frame would work!)
Scrap Wood (You could also use furring strips)
Craft Paint in Black
Orange Paint (I used Sherwin Williams Copper Pot, but any orange will do)
Folk Art Clear Wax
Minwax Stain in Special Walnut
Cricut Machine or Stencil of Your Choice
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I started by removing the damaged image. It was stapled to the back of the frame. The staples had to be removed using a pair of pliers.
I applied one coat of the black paint to the frame inside and outside.
I then used my 220-grit sandpaper and lightly distressed around the edges and inside the frame, allowing some of the wood to peek through. The frame was sealed with the wax.
For the back of the frame, I used scrap wood from a previous project. I cut down the strips to fit horizontally on the back of the frame. You could very well use furring strips and cut those down to size. I love adding wood to projects, even my big projects like this buffet you can see here.
I gave the strips a light sanding with 220-grit sandpaper and then applied one coat of Special Walnut stain to each strip. It took six pieces for my size frame.
After the stain dried completely, I sealed the wood with Waverly Clear Wax.
Attaching to Back
I attached the strips to the back of the frame using my finishing nails.
Here is the new back!
I found a pack of three unfinished pumpkins off of Amazon. They were the perfect size for this project.
The unfinished pumpkin was painted with Sherwin Williams Copper Pot, which is a deep, dark orange. I distressed around the edges.
The Hubs is my Cricut King. He is so good at using the machine. He was kind enough to create my quote “Hello Fall.” He applied the vinyl quote to the pumpkin for me, he is so sweet! You could also use a stencil or even premade letters if you do not have a vinyl machine. I sealed it by spraying one light coat of Polycrylic.
I tied a few pieces of raffia around the stem and then attached the pumpkin to the frame back using my self-adhesive spray.
In conclusion, I plan to use this on my fireplace mantel once I start decorating! Old picture frames are always available at local thrift stores and for pretty cheap. Be on the lookout the next time you visit yours!
Fall Ideas Tour 2019
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38 thoughts on “Upcycled Frame Pumpkin Sign”
This is going to look great on your fall fireplace. You are lucky to have a husband who can operate your Cricut for you. I bought a Silhouette a few years ago and never learned to use it. This is a fun fall project that you’ll be able to enjoy for years to come.
Thank you Paula! I am lucky but am determined to try and learn the basics?
This is such a cute sign! So perfect for Fall!
Thank you Lindsay!
Your pumpkin sign is adorable! Love that it’s repurposed and love the whole wooden vibe to it!
Thank you Pam! I love to repurpose things ❤️
Pinned, I love it!
Thank you! And thank you for pinning ?
What a beautiful wood sign Christina. I love the way you added wood in the background. I’ve seen similar frames in stores but now I know how to do it myself and that’s so much more fun. Thanks.
Thank you Patti! Yes DIY is so much fun ❤️❤️
This is just cute as pie! And I love that it is doable for a non-crafty…like me. Looking forward to giving it a go! Thanks so much for sharing. Happy Fall. XO
Thank you Susie so glad your willing to give it a try! I love the “cute as pie” my late grandmother used that phrase quite often ❤️
This is a great project and well written tutorial. I will pin it for my fall craft board, I love it.
Thank you Jen!
Christina, I love, love, love this! You make building look easy and that is not my strong suit. Thanks for the great DIY. I just may give it a shot.
Thank you so much Kim! ?I do the small building and the Hubs does the big projects!
Well you just gave me the greatest idea, Christina! I got a Cricut Maker for Christmas that I haven’t even turned on yet because I’ve had no time to learn it. Buuuuut, Mr. Frugalista is a quick learner ? Seriously, I never would’ve thought of that idea until reading your post. LOL Also, I literally just yesterday, made a very similar scrap wood frame for a sign (not Fall related), right down to the same stain color. So if you see mine in blogland, I promise I wasn’t a copycat. I’m loving your pumpkin sign for all the reasons above – super cute!
Thank you Marie! I would never think that at all. Sometimes our creative minds are totally on the same page! My husband loves the Cricut and I am so glad because I don’t have the patience to weed the vinyl haha!
Such a cute project! Love that you saw the potential in that broken, clearance frame!
Thank you Amy! I love saving broken pieces ❤️
The special walnut stain looks so good on the wood background. Great piece!
Thank you Sara it’s one of my favorite stains! ❤️
Great idea adding the planking to the back… love how that looks! Turned out so cute!!!
Thank you Maryann! I wanted to mention that your home is absolutely beautiful! ❤️
Love how you put the wood planks in the background; it makes such a difference, doesn’t it? Cute! Pinned.
Thank you Lora! ❤️❤️
Super cute sign Christina!
Thank you so much Cindy!❤️
What a fun project! Fall is such a ‘comfy’ time of the year and your sign manages to welcome fall in a very comfy way! And thell the hubs…’well done!’
Thanks for the inspiration.
So happy to join you on this fantastic blog tour!
Thank you Lynn! I am happy to be a part of this tour as well! It’s my first one 🙂
Christina, what a great sign for Fall! Love your colors and stain! Very imaginative! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Kim! ❤️❤️
What a cute sign! I really love the wood slat background ?
Thank you Leen 🙂
Your pumpkin sign is so cute!!!
Thank you Laurie!
Beautiful fall sign! Going to look great on your mantel. I love how you added the wood in the frame behind the pumpkin! I also love your farm fresh cow video, sooo cute!
Thank you Linda! I love me some cows lol ?❤️