It’s pie season! A while ago I fell in love with an autumn sign from World Market. It was simple and clean, just my style and the price honestly wasn’t that bad, but I knew I could duplicate it for a fraction of the cost! So I set to work, and I have decided I like my version even better. It even has a little vintage underneath it all and cost me $4 to make!
Fall is my favorite season! So…I was happy that this charming DIY autumn sign will last me September to November, and for some, all year round!
- 8′ x 10″ thrifted solid wood picture frame with glass
- small bottle of white acrylic craft paint
- 8″ x 10″ piece of black vinyl
- transfer paper or contact paper
- item for varnishing (popsicle stick or scraper)
A few tips…
One of my good friends clued me into the magic of using thrift store finds for crafting. She buys wreaths for next to nothing, takes all the stuff off it and reuses them to make her own custom wreaths. So in like fashion, I found two matching solid wood frames (with glass) at our local Savers thrift store for $2.99 a piece! These were old and beautiful solid stained wood, not the cheapo plastic frames made available today.
I like to get my vinyl at Joann’s because I can get a 12″ x 24″ sheet for $2- $3. I get many uses and applications with such a small sheet and they have a variety of colors, which I love.
You can find tutorials on how to cut vinyl and how to easily transfer it here.
- First wipe down your frame, take out the glass and backing and set aside.
- Paint your pretty frame using the vaseline and acrylic paint in your supplies list. I followed this great tutorial from my friend at Sincerely Sara D. I love that the paint really looks distressed, antiqued and chipping!
- Discard the backing to your frame, but be sure to keep and clean the glass really well.
- Use a Cricut Explore or a Silhouette cutting machine to cut your vinyl. You can download the free Fresh Baked Pies cut file here. *When you place the file in your cutting software, just be sure that the cut out won’t be larger than your 8″ x 10″ frame area. I did mine slightly smaller, but it still ended up a little big. You can find my tutorial for cutting vinyl with a Cricut Explore here.
- Next transfer the vinyl onto your clean glass using your transfer tape or contact paper. This tutorial shows you exactly how to varnish and easily transfer vinyl.
- Insert and secure the glass once your frame is completely dried.
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Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have a slice of warm pie topped with a scoop of vanilla to go with it whenever we wanted? I know I’d love it! This autumn sign fits perfectly in my kitchen leaning up against the wall. I love putting fresh apples, peaches or pumpkins around the sign, but right now I don’t have any of those so these glass pumpkins will have to do!
I plan to make a fun Fresh Cut Christmas Trees sign with my other thrifted frame so keep an eye out for that coming soon!