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Pumpkin Patch Sign: Fall Porch Decor

Do you have some scrap wood laying around that needs to be used up? Try this pumpkin patch sign to decorate your porch for fall!

Pumpkin Patch Sign

My husband has a wood scrap pile that he just keeps adding to. He uses some occasionally, but I swear he hoards those wood scraps.

I’m not complaining because all those wood scraps paid off for me. I dug through the piles of wood until I found some I wanted to use. And then I turned those scraps of wood into a cute pumpkin patch sign for my porch!

Since I already had everything on hand, this cute little project didn’t cost me a dime to put together.

Pumpkin Patch Sign

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Pumpkin Patch Sign

What you need:

  • 3 short wood stakes (I already had these, but you can get them at just about any hardware store.)
  • 1 longer wood stake
  • Craft paint (I used orange, red, yellow, and white)
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil or stencils
  • Wood glue

What you do:

Step 1 – Paint the stakes

Paint one of the shorter stakes orange, one yellow, and one red. I used regular craft paint for these, but you could probably use any type of paint you wish. Also, if you plan to leave your pumpkin patch sign outside where it could get wet you may want to apply some type of clear sealer.

Paint the shorter stakes for the pumpkin patch sign orange, red, and yellow.

Step 2: Write the letters

For the letters, I wrote them in pencil onto the wood by hand. I didn’t want it to be perfect; I wanted them to look handwritten. However, you can also use stencils for this part if you’re not comfortable handwriting the words.

On one stake I wrote the words “pumpkin patch”, on another stake I wrote the word “apples” and on the last stake I wrote the words “corn maze.”

Step 2 - write the words on the stakes by hand or with stencils

Step 3: Paint the words

Using a fine tip paintbrush, paint the letters of your pumpkin patch sign. I like to outline the letters first and then fill them in with paint. This just helps me keep everything nice and neat.

Step 3 - using a fine tip paint brush, paint the letters on the pumpkin patch sign

Step 4: Sand the edges of the wood

After the paint is dry, take a piece of sand paper and lightly sand along the edges of the wood. I should have done this before I wrote the letters on because I was going for an aged wood look. When I tried to sand over the white paint it just messed it up the letters. Not exactly what I was going for. Live and learn.

Step 4 - lightly sand the edges of the wood

Step 5: Glue the stakes together

Place your 3 smaller stakes on the larger stake to see where you want them to go and how you want your pumpkin patch sign to look. Once you’ve got everything looking the way you want, use wood glue to glue them down. After putting on the glue, find something heavy to lay on top of the sign, like another piece of wood or a heavy book. Let the glue dry completely.

Step 5 - glue the 3 smaller stakes to the larger stake

I’m telling you to let the glue dry completely not because I think you’re an idiot, but because I’m the idiot and failed to do this. I waited longer than the 30 minute time limit suggested by the glue bottle, however the glue was still not completely dry. I picked up my sign and everything was going well until I started walking with it so I could decorate my porch. One by one the pieces started falling apart. Another lesson learned.

This is the glue that I used. I’m pretty sure my husband got it from Lowe’s since he lives there.

Titebond II Wood Glue - the glue I used for my pumpkin patch sign

Step 6: Decorate

Now that everything is dry and glued into place, it’s time for the fun part – decorating with your pumpkin patch sign! I used an old flower pot and filled it with potting soil, then pushed the pumpkin patch sign down into the soil. The leaves around the sign and the scarecrow both came from Dollar Tree.

Completed pumpkin patch sign

I had everything on hand for this project so it ended up costing me nothing! I love when I can make something from things I have on hand to save money.

Do you decorate your porch for fall?

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Michelle is a stay-at-home homeschool mom who loves DIYs and living a frugal lifestyle.

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  1. Oh my goodness! If we weren’t chest-deep in our fixer upper renovation we would definitely be getting our DIY on! Love that this uses scrap pieces of wood. We always have those laying around. πŸ™‚

    1. My husband has a table full of scrap wood that we’ve been using throughout our renovation so it’s just piling up. πŸ™‚ Hopefully after your reno is complete you can dig into all that extra wood and craft away! πŸ˜€

  2. Love all of these beautiful colors! Great job. I’m definitely going to have to try this!

    1. Thank you so much!! It’s a lot of fun to make. And easy, too! πŸ™‚

  3. That’s so cute! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ˜€

  4. That is a super cute scrap project, Michelle! Even for someone that doesn’t have a scrap pile, I think these pieces are readily available at home improvement stores.

    1. Thank you so much! Yes most home improvement stores have them and they are cheap, too for the sizes I used. πŸ˜€

    1. Thank you so much!!! πŸ˜€

  5. Great idea, look so punky πŸ˜‰πŸ˜„β€πŸ‘

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ˜€

      1. 😊❀❀

  6. How darling is that! Great job!

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ˜€

  7. I love how it turned out!

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ˜€

  8. Love seasonal decorationsπŸŽƒπŸπŸŽπŸŒ½

    1. Me, too! I’m so glad it’s finally time to start decorating for fall. πŸ˜€

  9. Very elegant and unique, Congrats on participating in a challenge as well, what a wonderful way to share with others. I love how you give a pointy shape to those wood signs. Love it!

    1. Thank you so much! The challenge was a lot of fun. I enjoyed seeing what everyone else came up with, too. It was easy and fun to make this sign. πŸ™‚

  10. How cute!! I love your lettering skills ❀️

    1. Thank you so much! I had to practice on paper first because it’s been a long time since I did anything like that. πŸ˜€

      1. You did an awesome job!

  11. Love this, it’s so adorable.

    1. Thank you so much!!

  12. Super cute!! I think I could do this! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much! It is really easy to make. πŸ™‚

  13. I always struggle with front porch decor because of all the rain and wind we get. But I think your cute sign would actually survive the elements. Good idea using the glue too. Am pinning to add to my wish list.

    1. Thank you so much! Just make sure you put some type of sealer over the paint and it should be fine. πŸ™‚

  14. Jessica Simmons says:

    I love this! Perfect for adding Fall touches to planters and other areas.

    1. Thank you so much!

  15. How gorgeous is this fall sign? Beautiful job, Michelle! Sanding the paint makes all the difference, I love the rustic look it creates.

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ˜€ It was a lot of fun to make, too!

  16. I love it!

    1. Thank you so much!

      1. You’re welcome! Keep them coming. πŸ˜‰

  17. I don’t have a porch or garden, but if I did I’d definitely give this a go!
    This is beautiful, love it! Xxxx

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

  18. It turned out fantastic! I love it.

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ˜€

  19. Great post! Fall is around the corner, and the Great Pumpkin will soon be visiting Charlie Brown and company in the pumpkin patch.

    1. Thank you!! That is my favorite Halloween show! I’ve watched it every year since I was a little girl. πŸ˜€

  20. Funny how we both made similar signs for this challenge. Great minds, I guess! So much fun working on this with you.

    1. I was thinking the same thing! πŸ˜€ This was a lot of fun. I love your sign, too!

  21. So so cute Michelle! Unfortunately I don’t have a porch yet but definitely something to consider when I’ll have it πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, you can save the idea for later. πŸ™‚

  22. Looks amazing!! I love how it turned out!
    Emily @

    1. Thank you so much, Emily! πŸ™‚

  23. Michelle, what a cute sign for fall. You can’t have too much scrap wood to use for projects like these.

    1. Thank you so much! I agree! I’m glad my husband keeps all the wood scraps from his projects. πŸ™‚

  24. What a cute idea for a fall DIY!

    1. Thank you so much!!

  25. We have a giant wood pi;e, such a great idea, thanks Michelle. This looks so adorable out on your porch.

    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad my husband has so much scrap wood. Whenever I want to make something I can just go grab a piece of that instead of buying some. πŸ˜€

  26. So cute and festive.

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  27. So cheerful! And I love a cute scarecrow with red cheeks πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ˜€

  28. Love this! Already decorating my house for fall, too πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you!! I could leave my fall stuff up all year! Of course my daughter would leave up Christmas all year. πŸ˜€

      1. LOL! I tooootally get that.

  29. jackiecan says:

    Michelle, this is such a cute little sign! I love the colors that you chose, and how you used items you already hand on hand. I have had the project or two where I didn’t wait for something to dry too. Lessons learned πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚ I get too excited and just can’t wait for glue to dry. LOL!

  30. adorable! and one does not mess with this girls scrap wood pile! lol I too just keep adding to it.

    1. Thank you!! I’m glad my husband keeps adding to his so I can snatch a few pieces every now and then. πŸ˜ƒ

  31. You do some clever and lovely things

    1. Thank you so much!!

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