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DIY Craft: How to Make a Rustic Fall Welcome Sign

As an artist and homeowner, Donna enjoys creating unique decorative items and holiday ornaments to welcome all to her artistic abode.

How to Make a Rustic Fall Welcome Sign

How to Make a Rustic Fall Welcome Sign

This colorful fall sign features a collage of different autumn textures and a festive seasonal greeting to welcome visitors to your home. Each block of this sign is built on a different material. Although I made my sign to be square and displayed on a mantle, this sign could be made in any size, and it can be used for indoor or outdoor use. This sign can also be laid out in a straight line vertically (as a standing sign by your front door) or horizontally. My sign displays a fall greeting, but the slogan could be another word like "hello," "gather," or "thankful."


List of Materials

  • Scrap wood or plywood for backing board - size to be determined by design (read below). You may need additional pieces of wood to build up surface of sign.
  • Textural elements - there are a variety of materials you can use as the background for each of your squares. I used a ceramic tile, some artificial leaves, a few thin sticks, and some faux tin tile. Be sure to choose materials that can lie relatively flat and level.
  • Cut letters to add your greeting.
  • Appropriate glues for your materials - I used Liquid Nail, hot glue, and white craft glue.
  • (Optional) decorative trim for framing.
  • (Optional) Screw eyes and wire for hanging.
  • Acrylic paint and brushes as needed.
  • Ruler, pencil, and scissors.

Suggestions for Textural Elements

Here are some suggestions for materials to use as the textural elements in each of your squares. Note: Consider whether your sign will be displayed indoors or outdoors when choosing your background materials.

  • different types of fabric
  • small cross cut tree branches (available at some craft stores)
  • artificial daisy blooms or other flat flower tops
  • corks
  • dry corn husks
  • sea shells
  • sandpaper
  • glass pebbles (like the type you put in a vase for display)
  • layered feathers
  • buttons
  • popsicle sticks
  • corrugated cardboard or other textured paper
  • stained glass or small mirror pieces
Diagram for layout of backing board

Diagram for layout of backing board


1. The first step is to decide the size and shape of your sign. I wanted my sign to be square and be framed with decorative trim (this is optional). I used the size of my backing ceramic tile to determine to size of each of my blocks.

I cut my backing board to be 13 inches square with a 3/4 inch border around all sides. I planned to attach my trim to this outer border. I divided my interior large square in to four 5 and 3/4 inch squares, as this was the size of the ceramic tile I wanted to use as the background for one of my blocks.


2. Lay out your border (if applicable) and blocks on your backing board with pencil and a ruler.

3. Decide the placement of your textural elements and start gluing them in each of your blocks. I placed my ceramic tile in my top block. I used Liquid Nail to attach this tile to my backing board.


4. You may need to cut and attach additional wood squares to build up some of your blocks to be equal depth so your letters will sit on the same level. My ceramic tile was thicker than the other materials I was using in my other blocks, so I built up some of these other blocks with additional pieces of thin plywood cut to size.

5. You may also want to paint your wood squares before attaching your textural materials if the background will be visible through your items. I painted this block brown before attaching my sticks because I did not want my backing wood to be seen behind the sticks.

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6. You may have a use a variety of glues to attach the different items to your blocks. I glued down my sticks in layers using white craft glue. I used hot glue to attach my tin square and my artificial leaves. I chose to have one of my leaves overlap into other squares to add more color.

7. When your textural materials are attached and dry, you can add your letters. I painted my letters with acrylic paint before gluing them in place with hot glue. Try to make your textural elements as flat as possible and your blocks all level before attaching your letters.


8. If you choose to add a frame, you may have to build up your border so that your frame is the same level as the surface of your sign. Because of the thickness of some of my materials, I had to raise the border so that my frame would sit even with the top surface of my sign. I cut 3/4 inch strips of plywood and attached them to the border of my sign with hot glue (see photo above).


9. (Optional) You can paint your trim before attaching it to your border. I would recommend cutting your trim at a 45 degree angle to fit your corners together.


10. If you want to hang your sign, you can attach screw eyes on the back of the trim pieces.


This charming sign can be a fun addition to your seasonal decorating!

© 2020 Donna Herron


Donna Herron (author) from USA on October 05, 2020:

Thanks! I've had that broken tile for a number of years. I kept all the pieces thinking that I could use them again for something. It worked perfectly for this project. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Donna Herron (author) from USA on October 05, 2020:

Thanks so much! Fall is one of my favorite seasons for decorating. With everything that's going on, I'm finding joy in the changing colors of the season. Thanks again for your comment!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 05, 2020:

That's so pretty! I love the rustic look!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 05, 2020:

This art work looks so beautiful and creative.

You have explained everything, quite clearly, step by step. I would love to try this.

Thanks for sharing.