WHEN IT COMES TO SEASONAL DECORATING, MAKE YOUR DECOR DO DOUBLE DUTY! FROM A THRIFT STORE CUTTING BOARD TO A MULTI-SEASON DISPLAY, YOU’LL LOVE HAVING THIS SIGN IN YOUR HOME!
Well, once again, it’s that time of year. It’s Fall! And who LOVES those awesome Fall days? This girl sure does! And one of the most fun things about Fall is the decorating – am I right? Fall colours are so beautiful, warm, cozy and inviting. Then all of a sudden, it’s time for the Halloween decorating. If you’re anything like me, you don’t have a ton of space to store multiple decorations, which is why I created this quick and easy DIY reversible fall sign! One side for Fall, one for Halloween. Win-win!
Bonus – you can get the same images and text that I used from my FREE Member Vault!
What You’ll Need
This is truly a quick and easy DIY project. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that as a crafter, you’ll have everything you need in your stash. If not, everything I use is easy to find and definitely inexpensive. The most important thing to remember is to choose a base that fits your style and space. I chose a wooden cutting board for my reversible Fall sign that can hang on the wall, but could also be placed on a stand on a counter if I wanted. This is how the cutting board looked when I pulled it out of my thrift-store finds:
Other supplies that you will need are:
- Paint – I used Krylon Spray Paint in Classic White and Rust-Oleum Chalked Spray Paint in Charcoal
- Sandpaper – to remove any marks before painting, and lightly sanding the edges after painting if you wish
- Cricut Maker (or another machine for cutting vinyl) – if you don’t already have your trusty Cricut machine, you can use this link to purchase your own: Shop Cricut
- Adhesive Vinyl – this is the vinyl that I used: Cricut Black Vinyl and White Vinyl – Removable
- Free downloadable images for transfer to your cutting board which you can get in my Member Vault
- Trim – you can choose anything you like to suit your particular decor and style. You’ll need two sets of trim, one for the Fall side and one for the Halloween side
Putting It Together
Start out by cleaning and painting your cutting board. As you saw in the above picture, my cutting board had started out as someone’s paint project which never got finished. Rather than take the chance that the colours might show through the white paint, I chose to sand it down before painting. I chose to use two colours on my board, but you can easily do this project with one colour!
I gave each side two coats with the paint to ensure even coverage. While it was drying, I prepared my vinyl adhesive cut-outs. Remember – you can get these for your own project from the Member Vault – totally FREE! They also make really cute printables for small signs! Go ahead and download the images from the Vault and upload them into your Cricut Design Space (or whichever program you choose).
Once the paint is dry, you’re ready to attach your vinyl. Carefully place the cut-outs where you like them and make sure they are well stuck! I like to use the Cricut Transfer Tape to move projects like these. The letters aren’t touching so using the Transfer Tape will help you keep everything in place!
Decorating Your Reversible Sign
Now comes the really fun part – the trim! I hit up both my seasonal stash and the local dollar store for this project, as it turned out I was getting a little low on supplies after filling up my Fall Tiered Tray. Choose some cute pieces that work nicely together and arrange them on a loop that will hang around the handle, like this:
It’s important to arrange your trim this way for two reasons:
- It allows you to hang your sign on the wall without squashing the reverse side; and
- You can remove the trim to store your sign more easily!
I used simple twine, pumpkins and leaves for my Fall side, and some slightly more Halloween-y accessories for the other side. How fun is that?! You can really get creative with this project, or keep it very simple and clean. Myself, I’m somewhere in the middle of the two options! I will say, though, that I’m loving the idea of having a reversible sign for decorating. It really cuts down on the amount I need to store until next year and I can refresh the look any time since the trim isn’t directly attached to the sign. Love it!
I’m pretty sure that this little project is going to lead to several more – Christmas/Winter, Easter/Spring – the possibilities are great!
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