As the leaves start to change and the air turns crisp, it’s time to think about decorating your front porch and front door for the fall season. So today I’m sharing an easy DIY fall front porch: best reversible sign and decorating ideas for the porch for fall that will leave a lasting impression on your guests.
In this DIY tutorial, we will guide you through the steps of creating a beautiful and easy fall front porch sign that will impress all your guests when arriving at your front door. So grab your supplies and let’s get started!
Are Porch Signs Still Popular?
Fall Front Porch Decor Made Easy: Best Reversible Sign
Yes, front porch signs are still popular. They have become a staple in fall and winter porch decor. Front porch signs allow homeowners to express their style and add a warm welcome to guests visiting their homes.
Additionally, DIY porch signs have become increasingly popular. These provide a creative outlet for homeowners to customize their own sign without a lot of additional cost.
What Type of Wood To Use For Front Porch Signs
Craftsmanship Matters: Selecting The Ideal Wood For Your DIY
There are several types of wood to use for a front porch sig. The most popular options are pine, cedar, and plywood. Pine and cedar are both good choices because they are lightweight and have a nice grain. They are also easy to work with and take wood stain and paint well.
Plywood is another option that is commonly used because it is inexpensive and readily available. It is important to choose a wood that is weather-resistant if your porch sign will be exposed to the natural elements, especially in fall and winter.
What Do I Need To Make A Porch Sign?
Gather Supplies: Everything You’ll Need for a Stunning DIY Sign
- A wooden board or signboard
- Sandpaper or sanding block
- Paint or stain (acrylic paint, chalk paint, or furniture paint)
- Paintbrushes or foam brushes
- Sign stencils or vinyl lettering (optional)
- Painter’s tape (optional)
- Cricut machine (optional)
- A sawtooth hanger or picture hanger for hanging your porch sign
Depending on the design and style of your porch sign, you may also need additional embellishments such as ribbon, faux flowers, fall leaves, or other fall decorations.
Make The Front Door Welcoming
Front Door Envy: Adding a Gorgeous Wreath
Add a fall wreath to the front door. This is a great place to start and begin with your seasonal look and color schemes.
Color Schemes: Classic Fall Color Scheme vs. Soft Neutrals for a Stunning Fall Front Porch
Do you want a classic fall color scheme? Or softer colors such as soft green gourds and pumpkins and different oranges on top of urns. This is a great jumping-off point, then everything comes together while visiting the garden center.
This is usually our choice because I love Heirloom pumpkins or gourds. The colors are so pretty for natural decorating.
Our driveway gets great sun so this is the perfect spot for fall flowers. Mums in rich colors are planted to greet and welcome family and friends.
Items For A DIY Fall Porch
Curb Appeal Upgrades: Transform Your Front Porch with These Essential Pieces
Next step, think about items to add to the fall front porch such as:
- hay bales
- corn stalks
- outdoor lanterns and white pumpkins for fall front porch decor
- bushel baskets
- string lights
Add a wooden crate filled with foliage in fall colors for natural decorating.
Although I have a soft spot for white mums, I’ve had to explore alternative options for adding natural elements to our front door since our porch doesn’t receive any sunlight.
As much as I adore the festive look of orange pumpkins in our outdoor space, it’s disheartening to see them being devoured by the squirrels despite our attempts to coat them with hair spray, sometimes I wonder if we’re dealing with a pack of bionic squirrels.
To achieve a rustic look for our front entry, I opt to use antique olive buckets and copper boiler pots as rustic planters, filling them up with various types of ornamental kale. The combination of the vintage containers and the kale in shades of purple, white, and green results in a stunning and charming display. Pairing this with a variety of larger pumpkins is a perfect addition to autumn decor on the porch.
Add Curb Appeal To Your Front Entry Of The Home
Front Entry Enchantment: Boost Curb Appeal And Welcome Guests in Style
Creating a fall porch sign can be done with little additional cost as there are numerous cost-effective ways to make one. A simple yet charming idea for a small front porch is to make a vertical welcome sign while using a Cricut machine to create a wood pumpkin design. This can also make for adorable and festive fall decorations on a fall front porch.
When making your own sign you can create custom signs that specifically work for your front porch.
Also, the best part about making your own fall porch custom signs is the ability to have them fit your unique fall front porch style and design preferences. Resulting in a personalized and one-of-a-kind decor piece.
Our DIY Porch Sign
Autumn DIY Delights: Create A Stunning Fall Front Porch Sign With Ease
Now for our front porch, I’m using a piece of scrap wood we had in the garage. Home Depot sells these, and I actually think this is where this wood came from and they are inexpensive.
To create our fall porch sign, I’m repurposing a piece of scrap wood that we had lying around in our garage. However, it’s worth noting that Home Depot and Dollar Tree also sell affordable wooden boards that work well for a DIY porch sign.
To make the process of creating our fall porch sign even easier, I’ve decided to use some sign stencils that I purchased a few years back, for those interested, these stencils can be found at Michaels craft store or on Amazon. Personally, I purchased mine from Superior Stencils on Etsy, and for those interested, these are affiliate links.
By the way, do you notice the difference in our front stairs? We power-washed them in between finishing the sign and taking finished photos. Look above again at the picture it’s amazing the difference between them, don’t you think?
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Front Porch Fall Sign Ideas
Autumn’s Creative Canvas: Inspiring Fall Porch DIY Sign Ideas
For our DIY fall porch sign, I’m repurposing a piece of scrap wood, and after some consideration, I’ve decided to make it reversible so that it can also serve as a Christmas porch sign. While I initially thought about using the reverse side for Christmas, I ultimately decided to keep it generic so that it could be used throughout the winter season.
In terms of paint choices, there are numerous options including acrylic and chalk paint, but for ours, I’m opting to use Black Dog Salvage Furniture paint due to its versatility. As one of my dearest blogging friends would say, this project is easy peasy, and I always appreciate her encouragement and support.
Step 1: Painting The Wood
I used the color galvanized from Black Dog added a thin coat and let it dry overnight. When adding the grey paint I didn’t cover the board with a thick coat of paint. I knew I was going to sand it lightly the next day with a medium grit sanding sponge to give the porch sign an aged look.
To paint our fall porch sign, I chose the color “Galvanized” from Black Dog Salvage Furniture paint and applied a thin coat before allowing it to dry overnight. When adding the grey paint, I intentionally didn’t use a thick coat, as I planned to lightly sand it with a medium grit sanding sponge the following day to achieve an aged look for the fall porch sign.
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Paint Techniques Information About Paint
Those who have been following Cloches & Lavender may already know that I appreciate pieces that have character and look aged and worn. Even a sign on a covered porch by the front door can benefit from a bit of weathering. Adding more charm to fall porch decor and winter porch decorations.
If you’re interested in learning more about this great furniture paint, you can also explore techniques such as whitewashing and discover a wealth of information regarding this product line. The best part, this paint has no odor and is safe to use around pets and children, making it an even better choice.
Plus, did you know that this paint is also great for crafting? It’s a win-win in my book! And with the winds that can pick up in NJ during the cooler weather, I figure adding some character from the beginning is a smart move. And one of my great ideas, if I do say so myself.
Check out some of my other paint techniques that can be used on any piece in the home. It’s a simple and effective way to spruce things up!
Step 2: Stencil Porch Sign
It’s great to see the process of your DIY porch sign! Using a stencil is a smart way to ensure clean and precise lettering. Black and white are classic colors that will never go out of style. Here is Clean Canvas from Black Dog.
Adding a clear matte topcoat is also a great idea to protect the porch sign from the elements. Your sign is sure to look beautiful and last for many fall seasons to come!
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Step 3: Painting Reversible DIY Sign
The next step in creating the reversible front porch sign is to paint the reverse side for use during the holidays and winter seasons. Fortunately, I already had stencils that I could use to customize the sign to my liking. This is one of the benefits of making your own DIY porch sign. The ability to tailor it to your own preferences.
Yes, sanding the painted surface lightly adds instant character and makes the porch sign look old and weathered.
Then using my clean canvas paint I stenciled Baby it’s cold outside. Then I added hot chocolate and 25 cents.
Glazing The DIY Wood Sign
Glazing The Sign
After allowing the paint to dry, I proceeded to give the front porch sign an aged look by adding a bit of raw umber paint to clear glaze. I mixed the two together and applied them to the sign. Blend it well with a lint free rag.
It’s important to take your time with this step and work in small sections to ensure a consistent look throughout the sign. Once the glaze had been applied, I continued to rub it in with the rag until I was happy with the level of aging. By taking these extra steps, I was able to achieve a weathered and rustic look that perfectly complements the overall design of the porch sign.
The glazing process requires the use of two brushes: one to add the glaze and a dry brush to blend it in for an aged look.
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Final Thoughts: Fall Porch Decor Ideas
In conclusion, the best part about decorating your front porch and front door with a warm welcome for the fall season it adds a personal touch to your home’s outdoor space. So, whether you opt for a classic fall color scheme or soft neutrals, and whether you add hay bales, corn stalks, or outdoor lanterns, remember the key to welcoming fall front porch decor lies in the personal touches you add.
I hope you enjoyed learning the steps to make an easy DIY fall front porch: best reversible sign and make one for your home. Let me know what you think of this idea and if you have a fall porch sign by your front door
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