How to Create This Fall Buffalo Checked Pumpkins in a Wagon Sign!

6 Materials
4 Hours

We've been experiencing quite the heat wave on the west coast of BC this summer! But enter one day of clouds, I was ready to launch into fall-mode!

So I promptly designed 4 new fall stencils and put one of them to work instantly!

This is a story about two of the cutest pumpkins being carted off to market... thanks to a little reclaimed wood, rusty junk, and with the help of 3 stencils that made this easy!

Here's how I did it:

Gathering reclaimed wood

I had just landed a new stack of reclaimed wood gifted to me by a neighbour! So it was pressure washed, nails removed, then pressure washed, ready for a new project!

Building the sign base

4 cedar fence planks were cut to the desired length, then stabilized from behind with the same wood planks. This makes an easy base!

The finished sign size ended up being 22"h x 37"w.

Designing the sign

From here it was playtime!

The Pumpkins stencil was then positioned into place along with a plank of wood and some rusty junk that would inevitably become the cutest little rustic wagon ever!

Find more stencil info in picture below.

Stenciling the images

The pumpkins were then stenciled, first in a solid colour, then a Buffalo Check pattern on top.

The wagon plank was stenciled next.

Find all stencils used HERE

  • Pumpkins 25 Cents
  • Pumpkins
  • Buffalo Check - medium

Stencil basics:

  1. Load stencil brush with paint
  2. Remove most paint on a rag
  3. Tap, swipe or swirl paint through stencil to achieve desired effects

Visit original blog post HERE for:

  • a video of Buffalo Checking the pumpkins!
  • includes MANY more details to this project

Assembling the sign

Next was assembly time! The rusty junk bits were positioned where desired, and everything was screwed into place.

And the end result...

The finished sign!

... was positively darling!

The 3D effects really elevate it, don't you think?

And besides, who wouldn't love a couple of stylin' pumpkins to boot?

Are you making any fall signs? Think you'll try one like this?

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  • learn more about this project
  • see many other rustic sign projects we've made!
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