Pumpkin Patch Sign

Layne Dasher
by Layne Dasher
2 Materials
60 Minutes
Create this Pick Your Pumpkin Patch Sign to complete your Fall home decor look with this simple DIY kit. This kit includes everything you need to make this Pumpkin Patch sign on your own.
Making A Pumpkin Patch wood sign

I recently had the best time teaching an in-person craft kit event at a local sewing shop in my town. It was great because we had a few students, and I got to teach a craft with a group of people who love to DIY and create as much as I do.My daughter tagged along, and since I had a few empty seats in the class, I gave her one of the leftover kits to follow along.I gotta say, I wasn’t sure what she would do or how well it might turn out because she is six. But, she completely surprised me in her craft abilities.She is six!!! And she did an amazing job on the craft kit. Which means, I know anybody can do this.
Making the Stencil Sign

Once you have all the materials you will need to set up an area to create. The dining room table or your craft table is a great place. I originally made a sample of this sign on my craft table, in front of my Dreambox cabinet as it has all my supplies within the craft storage cabinet at an arms reach.I love my Dreambox! You CAN GET $100 OFF your own DREAMBOX using code: CRAFTYLIFE at Checkout!Materials Needed:
  • Pumpkin Patch Craft kit from my shop – you check  out all the craft kits here
  • Craft paints
  • Wood stain or Waverly Antique Wax
  • Stencil (included in kit)
  • Weeding tool
  • Sponges, foam brush and paintbrushes for touch-ups
  • Poly Seal (optional if you want to seal your paint job
Painting and Applying the Stencil

In the class, we started off by first staining our wood trim. However, I recommend that we paint the backboard of the sign first.This gives it more time to dry before applying your stencil. For most designs and wood sign craft kits, I like to paint the background white. You can of course, choose whichever background and colors you like.You can also choose to lightly sand the board first before painting and in between coats.Most people opted to do one thicker coat. However, if you have time or it allows, then do, two thinner coats. And let it dry.While the painted board is drying, work on your trim pieces.Once you are done staining all six sides of the trim, and your backboard is dry you are ready to apply the stencil.To apply the stencil, carefully peel back the white sheet revealing the sticky back of the stencil.Hover the stencil over the backboard and apply from the center out on to the sign.Once the stencil is on, smooth it out with a squeegee or credit card to smooth out any bubbles.Next, you will want to remove the top clear transfer sheet of the stencil. This is the slowest part of the process. So take your time to ensure not to rip or tear your stencil where the cutout parts are of the stencil.Once you have the entire clear transfer sheet removed you are ready to paint the design.
Painting the Stencil

Prior to painting the design, you may choose to first dab or apply a very thin coat of mod-podge into the stencil design. This helps to prevent bleeding of the paint colors or smudging due to over-application. The mod podge acts as a thin and clear first coat.  This is completely optional, but hight recommended.Using makeup sponges or small sponges, dab the sponge into the desired color for your sign. Dab off the excess, and then in the same dabbing motion sponge dab the paint into the design stencil.This may also take 2 coats for your darker brighter colors such as red and black. Use a new sponge for each color.Once you have finished sponge painting the entire design, give it a few minutes to dry. You may use a hair dryer on a low heat to speed up the drying process. This is completely up to you.Note: DO not overheat, and do not use a heat gun.
Removing the Stencil

Once the stencil paint is dry or near dry, you may begin removing the stencil.Slowly from one corner pull the stencil material up. In this kit, the stencil material is not reusable. Therefore, as you pull it, it may tear, which is okay at this point, as you will throw it away.After you have removed the entire stencil, using small paintbrushes, touch up any parts that may have smudged or bleed.
Fixing Mistakes

My daughter’s pumpkins bled over the pumpkin patch design in the stencil and we went back and filled the pumpkins in with a variety of colors and then free painted some black outlines.I helped her with this part, and in the end, the result was stunning. I’m her momma, so I know I am biased, but this was my favorite sign of the entire class.
Adding the Trim

The last part is to add the stained trim pieces.In the class, I did this for everyone so that the pieces were aligned correctly  using my Nail Gun. I really loved the way they turned out and couldn’t have asked for a better result or class.Teaching in-person was a lot of fun, and I even have a few more lined up! This means I will be creating a few more craft kits! Hope you enjoyed this one!
Suggested materials:
  • Wood   (stain)
  • Paint
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