Sometime in August, I scored the very last unpainted wooden Dollar Tree pumpkin truck cutout in the store. At first, I thought I’d use it on a wreath, but it just didn’t seem to work with any of my plans. Then, I got the idea for a pumpkin harvest sign!
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I’m joining my blogger friends today for the September Creative Craft Blog Hop, hosted by Chloe from Celebrate and Decorate and Andrea from Design Morsels. If you’re coming over from Decorate and More with Tip, welcome! And if you haven’t already, be sure to check out all of the unique crafts created by the talented ladies on this hop. The links to their blogs is at the end of this post.
How to Make a Dollar Tree Pumpkin Truck Sign
I had a lot of fun with this project! Best of all, most of the items that I used I already had on hand. It cost me a whopping $2 to make this sign 🙂
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- unpainted 1×8 board – mine measures 28 1/2 inches long
- pumpkin truck wood cutout
- “Harvest” word cutout (mine is from Dollar Tree)
- vaseline and a Q-tip
- white chalk paint (I used Dixie Belle in Fluff)
- assorted colors of craft paint
- assorted sizes of paint brushes
- brown and clear wax (I used Dixie Belle)
- paper, #2 pencil, ballpoint pen, black sharpie and painter’s tape
- strong glue (I used Gorilla Glue)
Dip a Q-tip into a jar of Vaseline and run it around the edges of the board. This will cause a “resist” and the paint won’t adhere in those places. It will give the sign a worn look. This step is optional. I also used this technique on my antique looking stool.
It was a beautiful day, so I decided to work outdoors. As soon as I put my project down on the drop cloth, Mardi came over to “help”.
Paint the board with white chalk paint. I only applied one coat. Let dry at least a half hour.
Paint the truck however you’d like with the craft paint. I chose to paint mine green, my favorite color.
If you applied vaseline, sand the areas where you applied it to expose the wood underneath. Wipe away the dust with a damp cloth.
If you’re an artist and can draw the pumpkins freehand, go for it! I looked at some pumpkin drawings and drew these two (after several attempts) to use as a stencil.
Use a pencil to shade the back of the pumpkin drawings.
Tape the pumpkin stencils to the board in your desired location and trace with a ball point pen. The images will be transferred to the sign.
Paint the pumpkins. When the paint dries, trace the pumpkin outlines with a black sharpie. I also added some grass and brown highlights to the pumpkins.
Paint the word your desired color. I chose black because it really stands out against the white board. My Dollar Tree “Harvest” word is metal, so it took three coats.
Brush the board with a combination of brown and clear wax, then buff with a clean rag. This will give it a slightly aged look and tone down the bright white. It will also seal the paint.
*Note: I thought the dark wax would darken the wood exposed from sanding the board. I didn’t get the result I was hoping for, so I would recommend staining the board with wood stain before painting it white.
Apply glue to the back of the truck and word, then adhere them to the sign in your desired location. Done!
I styled the sign on the shelves in our living room amongst my ironstone collection. I ran out of time to run to the store for real pumpkins, so I used my pumpkin candles, that were part of last year’s Pumpkin Masquerade Tablescape.
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you liked my Dollar Tree Pumpkin Truck and found some crafting inspiration. For more ideas, don’t forget to visit the links below. Next on the hop is Carol from Bluesky At Home.
All the Best!