Make Your Own Fall Porch Sign

It is so easy to make your own fall porch sign without spending much money. Plus, you can customize it to your own style!

Tall, wood front porch signs are so popular right now.

I’ve seen them in so many different places, but could never convince myself to buy one because I would always think to myself, “That would be so easy to make myself…” and I was right– it IS so easy to make your own fall porch sign!

Even better, I did not spend one single dime making it! I used stuff I scrounged up from around the house.

This project was free, fun, and turned out fabulous. Let me show you how you can make your own.

Wood to Make Your Own Fall Porch Sign

This 107″ long scrap of cedar was left over from the construction of our deck two years ago.

It has been sitting outside, exposed to the elements since then, which gave it this wonderful, weathered barn wood gray coloring on one side!

The other side was still a golden cedar color, which gave me a great idea: I could use both sides, and have a reversible porch sign for more than one season, with two very different looks!

Plus, as an extra bonus, this piece of wood was long enough to cut in half, giving me enough wood to make 2 reversible signs for 4 different occasions!

Cedar for Make Your Own Fall Porch Sign

I used this piece of cedar because it was free and available, but you can totally use whatever you can find. My finished sign measures 53.5″ x 12″, but that’s not written in stone.

That’s the great thing about making your own–you can customize it to whatever size works for your purpose, or whatever piece of wood you can come up with.

And don’t worry about the type of wood. Anything will work for this, especially if you are going to paint it.

Choose Your Finish

I decided to leave the weathered gray side alone, for another sign, which I will add to the back later.

For my Fall Porch Sign, I wanted a distressed white color, so I flipped my board over to the cedar-toned side and got out my quart of General Finishes Alabaster Milk Paint, which was leftover from a previous project.

General Finishes Milk Paint . Make Your Own Fall Porch Sign

Because I didn’t want a solid white paint job, I used a chip brush, and dipped just the edge of the bristles in the paint, gently dry-brushing it on.

I made sure to leave plenty of the wood and knot holes showing through.


If you have stencils or a Cricut, you could do this part quite easily. I don’t have either, so I used my tried-and-true pencil tracing trick.

I printed out the lettering that I wanted on regular printer paper.

Then, I laid it out on the wood to make sure it was in the arrangement and spacing that I wanted.

Homemade stencils from printed lettering. Make Your Own Fall Porch Sign

Next, I flipped the paper over, and using the side of my pencil, I shaded on a heavy layer of pencil lead on the back of each letter.

Then, I positioned the lettering how I wanted it on the wood, and traced over it using firm pressure.

The lead will transfer onto the wood. I found it worked best to use a mechanical pencil without any lead for my tracing, as it allowed for firm pressure, without the lead tearing the paper.

I used the edge of a ruler to keep my tracing lines straight.

Measure letter spacing carefully. Make Your Own Fall Porch Sign
Trace onto wood. Make Your Own Fall Porch Sign

Outline Your Letters

Once the letters were transferred onto the wood in pencil, I used a Sharpie to outline them. This ensured a nice clean outer edge to the lettering.

Fill In With Paint

A small foam brush with straight edges worked best for my block lettering, because I was able to dip just the edge of the foam brush in the paint, and gently dab it along the straight lines of my letters, before filling them in.

For the “Oh, hello” lettering, I used a tiny watercolor brush.

Fill in letters with black paint. Make Your Own Fall Porch Sign

Optional Elements

At the bottom of my sign, I added a rustic pumpkin using the same print-and-trace method.

Again, I outlined it with a Sharpie (this time silver) and shaded it in with colored pencils! Yes, colored pencils.

Because my sign is going on a covered front porch, and won’t be exposed to the elements, the colored pencils worked great.

They allowed me to shade where I wanted to, while still allowing the distress of the wood below to show through.

If you’re going to have your sign someplace where it will be exposed to the weather, I’d definitely spray the finished project with a clear coat sealer like THIS ONE.

Supplies to Make Your Own Fall Porch Sign

Make Your Own Fall Porch Sign

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Time to Decorate!

I used a couple of wood slices under my sign, to give it even more height.

Then I accessorized with things I also dug up from around my house.

Other than the mums and the pumpkins, I didn’t spend any money on this project.

I still have the gray, weathered, backside of this sign to create something else later.

Maybe for Christmas?

Or maybe just a “Welcome” sign that can be used any time of year?

So many possibilities!

On my porch. Make Your Own Fall Porch Sign

This was just the first step in my fall front porch decorating. HERE is the finished front porch.

Happy Fall Decorating,

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Looking for more DIY Sign Projects?

PS. Below are some porch signs that you could use for inspiration to make your own.

I looked at lots of different signs before I decided how I wanted to design mine. But also, if there isn’t time in your schedule right now to make one, there is no shortage of adorable ones, ready for purchase. 😁


Happy Fall Y’all Rustic Craft Outdoor Welcome Sign 

Rustic Farmhouse Style Hanging Welcome Sign 42” H

Outdoor Welcome Sign for Porch – Happy Fall with Truck and Pumpkins – Vertical Porch Board 8×47 

5′ Trick or Treat Wall Leaning Sign for Halloween with Tri-Color Background

Welcome sign for front porch made with real rustic reclaimed wood – 5 feet tall – Fixer Upper farmhouse barn wood Style 

Wooden Welcome Sign – Home Sweet Home, Vertical, Stained Brown

Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Multi Purpose Spray Paint, 12-Ounce, Matte Clear

General Finishes Milk Paint–Alabaster

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26 thoughts on “Make Your Own Fall Porch Sign

  1. What a beautiful fall porch sign, Niky! I love how simple this project is and how easy it is to customize. I am excited to feature your post at this week’s Tuesday Turn About link party. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. so fun! I was JUST looking for this type of thing yesterday and then found you on a link up!! The project looks simple enough…gonna give it a try!! thank you for the inspiration!

  3. Such a great project! I was just thinking this past weekend that I’d like to make a sign like this for our porch. Given your instructions, I think I can do it too. Thanks so much…yours looks awesome!

  4. I made a large porch sign using my circut a few years ago and it has been wonderful though my winter side is starting to peel up; I really should have put some sort of weather treatment over it since we do live in New England. I love the idea of making 2 signs though; one for all 4 seasons. This came out great!!

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