Today, we’re sharing how to make a Fall inspired kraft paper sign which is without a doubt a quick and easy way to ease into Fall decorating or to dress up any seasonal vignette.
I spent a good bit of last week adding touches of Fall around the house and while we’re not completely finished, everything is starting to feel really festive.
Have you guys started decorating your house for Fall yet?
I know some people say it’s way too early to even think about Fall and if we were strictly going by the weather or how it feels outside, I would absolutely have to agree. In fact, we haven’t spotted a single real pumpkin at the grocery store or at the farmers market either.
I know they’re on the way though and just thinking about their arrival makes me excited.
Rather than spend a lot of time decorating the entire house each season, I try to focus on a few specific spaces. The area between the entry and the living room is one of those spaces that needs a little something to help bridge the gap between two of the most used rooms in our home.
Sometimes we’ll set up a popcorn or dessert bar in this area using an antique dresser that belonged to my Granny just to make it easier to access snacks during game or movie nights.
So, with that in mind I’m excited to show you how simple it is to make a Fall inspired kraft paper sign of your own… (Affiliate links have been provided for your convenience. You can read our full disclosure policy here)
Fall Inspired Kraft Paper Sign Supplies:
- 1 Roll Brown Kraft Paper
- Home Computer, Computer Ink, Printer Paper
- Graphite Pencil
- Ball Point Pen
- Craft Paint, Paint Brush, and/or Permanent Markers for Brush Lettering (in the color of your choice). We used this marker
- Weighted Kraft Paper Holder
- Paper Clips or Binder Clips
- Jute or Twine
- Tarp or Drop Cloth
- Heavy Duty Cardboard
Fall Inspired Kraft Paper Sign Steps:
Step #1 & #2 :
Lay a piece of thick and heavy-duty cardboard on the floor, table or a work station. Then cover the cardboard up with a drop cloth. This will give you something hard to press on and help to protect your surfaces. I used an old TV box.
Step #3 & #4:
Unroll the kraft paper to the approximate size you want your Fall inspired sign to be. We left a little extra so the kraft paper would roll on the ends.
You’ll also want to place something that has a little weight to it on the top and the bottom of the kraft paper to keep the paper from rolling while you’re creating the sign.
Step #5 & #6:
Use a program like Word on your home computer to create a quote or messages for your Fall inspired kraft paper sign. The font I used is called Lucida Calligraphy in Word and the size I used was 244. The quote I used was, “Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go,” but you can certainly use whatever quote or seasonal message you like.
Print out the quote you’ve created.
Flip your paper over and shade the back of each word you’ve created with a graphite pencil. Keep in mind the darker you shade the easier it will be to transfer the words onto the kraft paper.
Step #8 & #9:
Using caution and care as scissors will be sharp, cut out each word. Flip your paper back over where you can see the words and secure to the kraft paper. On a side note, I wish I would have taped some of the letters together because it would have been easier to transfer them that way. Things got a little squirrely trying to line everything up at the bottom, so I just thought I would pass it along.
Once you have all the words secured and in place, use a ball point pen to trace over the outline of each letter. This is the time to make any corrections if you need to.
Step #11 & #12:
After the outline of the image has been transferred to your kraft paper, outline each letter.
Then fill in the image with craft paint or permanent markers in the color of your choice. We used a brush tipped Sharpie.
Allow the Fall inspired kraft paper sign to dry completely.
Thread a piece of jute from one end of the kraft paper roll to the other leaving a bit of extra jute so you can knot and secure the ends together.
Hang and enjoy!
There are so many different ways you can use these Fall inspired kraft paper signs from seasonal vignettes to outdoor parties and events to coffee and cider bar menus. They’re an easy to way create inexpensive wall art or Fall décor and the bonus is they’re completely customizable. In fact, we’ve used this same technique to create the crock inspired paint cans.
Fall doesn’t have to be just about what you can find at a big box store so let your creativity run wild and make something you’re excited about!