Every Fall, I search for inexpensive ways to create rustic DIY Fall decor on a budget. Let’s say I’m a bit picky about my Fall decor, and I’m not afraid to DIY. I want my own unique look because cookie-cutter isn’t my style. Is this you too??? Well, here’s a way you can DIY a cute addition to your front porch Fall decor with a technique called shadowing in no time at all. It’s so cool! I can’t wait to show you.
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The Dollar Tree Store has tons of Fall decor ideas that can be used to recreate that one-of-a-kind project. One of the items I search for every year is these cool felt-like placemats that I use for shadowing. Shadowing is like stenciling but so much easier. But before we get started on the shadowing, you will need the background to put this on. Below is a quick tutorial on how to build your own DIY Wood Pallet Sign. If you got scrap wood, it’s super easy.
How To Make A Wood Pallet Sign…WATCH IT HERE!
Sanding The Wooden Pallet Sign
After building your wooden pallet sign, be sure to give it a good sanding. Of course, you can sand the rough edges of the pallet sign by hand with a sanding sponge but I like quick and easy and use the Surfprep Sanding System that I use on my furniture makeovers. If you’re in the market for a great sander, this is the one to have.
What is shadowing??? Shadowing is where you place an object over another object and paint over it. This will leave a silhouette of that object once removed. For the record, this is about the easiest project I have ever done, and with these Dollar Tree Fall placemats, “shadowing” is so easy. Easier than stenciling too! It’s a great way to create DIY Fall decor on a budget.
While you can use any color matte finish spray paint, I chose the chalkboard spray paint because that’s what I had on hand. Use whatcha got! After you have spray-painted over the whole pallet sign, remove the Dollar Tree Fall placemat to reveal the perfect outline for your DIY Fall Decor project. You’re gonna be the envy of the neighborhood with this one. I like to use these signs outdoors as well as inside. Maybe on your hearth?
Voila! Instant DIY FALL DECOR
You can also add distressing around the edges and across the shadowing of your design with your sandpaper for a more rustic look on your DIY Fall decor sign.
Watch This Same Process Done With A Different Felt Design
Do you like this easy DIY Fall Decor Idea? I also did this technique with Dollar Tree PUMPKINS! CLICK HERE for more ideas!
I’m pretty stinking proud of myself right now. You know the feeling when you get when you nail a project. It’s not bragging; it’s celebrating the win. Trust me, not all of my DIY Fall Decor ideas work out. So, what do you think? Have you tried it? Would you consider trying this technique? Leave me a comment below and inspire me with your ideas. 🙂
Until the next project… xo, Do