Today, we’re sharing how to create a vintage inspired apple picking sign!
While I’ve been working to add a few Fall touches around the house again this week, I’ll freely admit, it’s been tough to get into the mood for Fall.
Our “feels like” temperature in Florida is still hanging around at a balmy 107 degrees.
I’m ready for a fresh start and a new season though and I know so many of you are too.
We usually spend a good amount of our off time at the cabin where there are dozens of apple orchards nearby.
I don’t know if we’ll make it there this year given everything that’s happening but each Fall we look forward to fried pies, apple picking, scenic drives, and lots of trail hiking when we visit.
I have had the worst case of cabin fever and nostalgia lately. And on more than one occasion I’ve found myself wishing we could trade the heat and humidity for the crisp mountain air if only for a few weeks.
So, with that in mind, I thought I would share how to create a vintage inspired apple picking sign and a simple way to bring a bit of nostalgia into your home this season too.
Here’s a look at how to create a vintage inspired apple picking sign…
Vintage Inspired Apple Picking Sign Supplies:
- Plywood (size of your choice)
- White Paint (color of your choice)
- Paint roller or Paintbrush
- At Home Computer, Word, At Home Printer, and Printer Paper
- Number 2 Pencil
- Ballpoint Pen
- Craft Paints (color of your choice)
- Fine Detail Art Brushes
- Sealant (polyurethane or clear wax)
- Sandpaper (optional)
- Tarp (to protect work surface)
Vintage Inspired Apple Picking Sign Steps:
Gather your supplies and lay a tarp down to protect your surfaces.
Our vintage inspired apple picking sign started with a piece of scrap plywood leftover from a previous project so it’s quite large. But feel free to make yours any size you want.
I used two coats of Americana Décor Chalky Paint to paint the plywood.
Next, I created the text I wanted to use in a Word document on my computer and printed each word out on my printer at home.
The size font you use will depend on the size of your piece of wood. You can find a list of the Fall inspired fonts I used, here.
Transferring the letters from the paper to the wood can be accomplished with a few easy steps.
First, flip the paper over with the letters facing down. Then using a number 2 pencil, color over the back of the letters.
Make sure you get heavy coverage.
Second, flip the paper back over and place it where you want to transfer the graphic.
After you have it secured in place with tape, trace the outline of each letter with a ballpoint pen.
Make sure to apply a good amount of pressure as you trace each letter so you’ll be able to see the outline of the graphic well.
This will transfer the image directly onto the piece of painted wood. Use can use this same technique to transfer different fonts and words all over your piece of painted wood.
Painting Words and Graphics…
After you’ve transferred the text you want to use on your sign, you’re ready to start using craft paint.
You’ll want to use different size fine detail art brushes, which can be found at most craft supply stores to fill in each letter or graphic.
Continue to fill in all the graphics and letters until your vintage inspired apple picking sign is complete.
Once the paint has finished drying, sand the entire piece with 220-grit sandpaper and the edges with 80-grit sandpaper if desired.
This will help create the look of a vintage inspired apple picking sign that has been weathered.
I sealed the sign with clear paste wax, but you can also seal with polyurethane as well.
Keep in Mind…
It took me most of the morning to finish the sign because I chose so many different size fonts. It’s one of those easy pieces that will last throughout the years and in multiple seasons though. So, to me, it was worth it.
Keep in mind you don’t have to make a sign this big. You can also use this same technique to make a sign that best fits your specific space or occasion.
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