Make this DIY fall sign for easy and attractive fall decor you can update year after year. Hang it on your front door or rest it on a fireplace mantel, and customize the chalkboard with your favorite word, phrase, or greeting. A ribbon in the finish, color, and pattern of your choice completes the sign with personality. Plus, you can easily recycle this sign to use for every season thanks to the erasable chalkboard surface! Follow along below to see how to make your own DIY sign for fall.
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Start by removing the glass and backing from the frame. If needed, lay down kraft paper or a plastic tablecloth to protect your work surface. Lightly sand the frame to remove any gloss or finish. This will also help the paint better adhere to the wood frame. Once you've finished sanding, dust away any sawdust with a tack cloth.
Gradually add water to white paint in a cup, mixing as you go, until the paint consistency has thinned but is thicker than water. This will give your frame a white-washed look that reveals some of the wood beneath. Using a foam brush, paint a layer of the thinned white paint on the wood frame, making sure to cover the sides and inside edges. Let dry, then add a second coat if needed.
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Cut an 8-inch length of ribbon to create a hanger for the sign. We used one with a black-and-white buffalo check pattern to make a farmhouse fall sign. The length of your ribbon will depend on how big your frame is and the height at which you'd like it to hang. Hot glue the ends of the ribbon to the back of the frame, each about 1 inch from the edge of the frame. Let dry. For added security, use a staple gun to tack the ribbon into place once the glue is dry.
With a foam brush, paint the glass panel with black chalkboard paint. Let dry. Hold the glass up to the light to see any thin or bare areas of the paint on the glass and touch up with more paint. Let dry. Place the glass back into the frame and secure with the backing. Use a chalk marker or chalk to write a welcoming message, then hang your DIY chalkboard sign by the ribbon.
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