Easy fall signs with dollar items

September 14, 2016

Hey hey! I've been putting the new craft room to use and I LURVE it! I'm so excited about this new workspace, it is truly a dream come true. 

Of course I had to break it in with some fall crafts and I found most of what I needed at the Target dollar spot. You know, that place where you grab a few things and $30 later you have a cart of cute, cheap stuff? Yeah: 
dollar spot fall crafts

I found the wood stickers and stencils (the two stencils came together) there a couple weeks ago. These projects were so easy (and cheap!). Even with drying time they took less than an hour. 

I grabbed some scrap wood and stained one piece in an ebony stain and painted one white. Then I used the leaf stencil and spray painted that in this gold spray paint:  
scrap wood fall signs

When that dried I placed the other stencil on top: 
gather here with grateful hearts

Here's a tip -- spray the back of your stencil with a light coating of spray adhesive and then place it on the surface. It will help it stay put and avoid bleeding. (This spray adhesive is my favorite because the nozzle doesn't get clogged up. Most I've tried are useless after half way through because nothing will come out of the nozzle.)

You can use spray paint for this part too (just be sure to cover the rest of the wood!) but I prefer to "pounce" it with a foam brush:
How to stencil

I also wanted it to have a slightly worn look so this technique lends itself to that look more. After it dried I sanded it down a little bit as well.

The wood pieces for the other sign have a sticky back so I cut them out to play around with placement:
Target dollar spot fall crafts

They stuck great on the wood sign. On the stained piece I had to hot glue them on. 

I loved this one as it was: 
Gather here with grateful hearts sign

But I ended up spending a little more on some fabric flowers and added those with a hot glue gun:  
How to make fall signs with dollar spot items

SO cute!! Love it!

I just used the wood cut outs on the other sign: 
DIY Give Thanks sign

The large leaf was left over from a leaf garland I picked up, but the rest were from Target. I still have a few left to make something else! :) Hot glue felt to the back if you hang wood on a door -- if it bangs around it won't damage your door or trim. Not sure this one will stay here but it's cute for now! 

I'm slowly but surely adding some fall touches around the house and I adore both of these signs:
Black glass pantry door kitchen

I spent less than $10 on both of them (most of that was for the flowers I added to the stained one) -- not bad at all! The white one was two bucks and I didn't use nearly all of the cut outs. :) 

I love making personalized pieces for our house, especially for the different seasons. Get yourself to the dollar spot my friends! :) Have you made anything fun with dollar store items? I'd love to see! 

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  1. Love these cute fall signs! I am going to be stalking the dollar store now! LOL

  2. These are so adorable - I love them! I'm not much of a DIYer (I'm working on it), but these looks so simple and affordable!

  3. Umm you seriously are genius!!! I'm in LOVE with these cute little signs & your tips always are the best!!! I mean the adhesive tip..never would have thought that would stop the paint from bleeding!?!! <3

    Happy Thursday!!!


  4. I love this sign! Such a fun project. I love the subtle leaf in the background. So nice. Visiting from www.twelveonmain.com

  5. These are super cute fall signs. Easy and inexpensive my kind of craft. I was looking at some wall decals at dollar tree the other day. They were a little bigger then I wanted but I didn't think about looking at the stickers.
    Looks like I need to go take a look at Targets dollar spot. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Really cute. When I made door pieces, I glue felt or felt pads on the back to protect doors.

  7. Adorable... Cant wait to try it.. ON my way to HObby lobby.ha


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