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Dollar Tree Pumpkin Truck Sign DIY

DIY Dollar Tree Pumpkin Truck Sign

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 πŸ™‚

pumpkin truck wood cutout, metal harvest word, paint, wax, wooden board, paintbrushes and sandpaper

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)
applying vaseline with a Q-tip to a wood board as a paint resist

Step 1.

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.

golden retriever dog

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”.

painting a wooden sign board white

Step 2.

Paint the board with white chalk paint. I only applied one coat. Let dry at least a half hour.

painting a wooden pumpkin truck cutout from Dollar Tree
painting a wooden pumpkin truck cutout from Dollar Tree

Step 3.

Paint the truck however you’d like with the craft paint. I chose to paint mine green, my favorite color.

sanding a painted white board by hand

Step 4.

If you applied vaseline, sand the areas where you applied it to expose the wood underneath. Wipe away the dust with a damp cloth.

hand drawn pumpkins

Step 5.

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.

shading the back of a drawing with pencil to create a stencil

Step 6.

Use a pencil to shade the back of the pumpkin drawings.

tracing a pumpkin drawing onto a painted wooden board used as a sign

Step 7.

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.

painting pumpkins orange on a painted wooden board used as a sign

Step 8.

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.

painting a metal Dollar Tree harvest word black

Step 9.

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.

applying brown and clear wax to a board painted white

Step 9.

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.

applying strong glue to the back of a metal word for a sign

Step 10.

Apply glue to the back of the truck and word, then adhere them to the sign in your desired location. Done!

DIY Dollar Tree Pumpkin Truck Sign
DIY Dollar Tree Pumpkin Truck Sign

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!


Celebrate and Decorate – Dollar Store Skull

Design Morsels – Mummy Door Decoration

Chas’ Crazy Creations – Breast Cancer Awareness Wreath

Birdz of a Feather – Cement Planter DIY

My Thrift Store Addiction – Thrifty Tips for Crafting Seasonal Pillows

B4 and Afters – Crochet Scarf Patterns

Debbees Buzz – Elegant Black Pumpkins

The Painted Apron – Trick Or Treat Creations

My Hubbard Home – Rustic Autumn Craft

Purple Hues and Me – Whimsical Scarecrow

My Family Thyme – Stamped Tea Towels

Our Crafty Mom – Halloween Tiered Tray Ideas

Raggedy Bits – How To Make Wooden Halloween Pumpkins

Home Is Where the Boat Is – Halloween Witch Craft

Decorate & More with Tip – Simple DIY Pumpkin Pillow

Zucchini Sisters – Pumpkin Truck Sign

BlueskyAtHome – DIY Pumpkin Wreath

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  1. Your sign turned out so cute! I guess I need to go to the dollar store. I love how your dog helped you out with the painting. Thanks for taking part in the hop.

    1. Thanks Andrea! Yes, Mardi always wants to be a part of whatever I’m doing. Thanks for putting together another great craft hop!

  2. This turned out so cute, Rebecca! I love dollar store projects, too. Pinned & tweeted! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  3. Oh SO cute Rebecca and what an adorable sign for fall! I don’t visit my local Dollar Tree often enough! Happy to be hopping with you this week β™₯

    1. Thanks Mary! DT is hit or miss for me…the day I found the truck was a great day! It was fun hopping with you, too πŸ™‚

  4. Rebecca, this is so darn cute! I never even saw those little truck cutouts at my Dollar Tree stores! Your little sign is so cute and such fun to create…even with a little help!

    1. Thanks Chloe! The trucks must’ve sold out quickly everywhere. I’m going to look for them extra early next year. The dogs were really enjoying the weather that day. I finally had to put them back inside to stop the photo bombing!

  5. This is so cute Rebecca! Fall is my favorite season, and I love those little trucks… and pumpkins! Wonderful crafting with you and thanks for sharing!

  6. Rebecca, your adorable sign has been itching to head to DT to see if I can score one of the truck cutouts. Sistah B would love one to accompany the harvest grapevine wreath I made her (it features a metal truck also carrying pumpkins). What a great idea and fun project. Thinking if I can get the supplies, it’s something I can make while couch and chair-bound after my surgery.

    1. This would be a great craft to make while you’re recuperating, Debbee! If DT doesn’t have any trucks left, you can order some on Amazon. It would definitely compliment Sistah B’s harvest grapevine wreath!

  7. Rebecca, like Carol, I wish I had seen it at the Dollar Tree. I guess I visited the nearby store too late πŸ™

    Your sign came great and I really like the green truck. It’s a nice change from the red you usually see, and it goes well with the orange pumpkins.

    1. Thanks Rachelle! I was lucky to find even one truck. We’ll all have to shop DT extra early next year! I liked how the orange pumpkins and green truck looked together, too πŸ™‚

  8. Super cute Rebecca!! The perfect fall decoration and the sign is great for a shelf! I loved the vaseline tip, I will remember that, thank you!

    1. Thanks Jenna! I was inspired by your pumpkin crate last month and wanted to try my hand at painting pumpkins. The vaseline does work well for that aged look.

  9. Rebecca, your sign is so cute. I wish I had seen it at Dollar Tree. I love the green for the truck. Your painted pumpkins are great. You are a better artist than you think.

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