Greeting Autumn with Fall Signs

Greeting Autumn with Fall Signs

I have to admit, I never really jumped on the “Signs for all things” decorating bandwagon. Live, laugh, love was something we naturally did- not advertised in our house. But…but…I have made exceptions during autumn and upcycled a few Fall signs along the way.

This one is a more recent project and is, admittedly, a temporary sign. But at least for now, it’s my version of the (very popular) Hello Fall sign…on a DIY loom with some simple weaving by yours truly.

upcycling a casserole dish holder as a loom to weave on

The wooden cut out sign isn’t adhered permanently to my weaving, so I can switch it out on a whim. But, since I’m really only interested in autumn signs these days…it’ll probably stay just like this for a good long while.

I also made this fall sign on a cabinet door from Habitat ReStore many years ago. I’d wanted to practice stenciling transitional autumn leaves and this door was perfect for it.

fall leaves decor on an autumn sign

I’m also a huge sucker for a good Fall quote. So much so that I’m putting together a non-tutorial blog post that just showcases some of my favorite autumn quotes!

Fall sayings and signs also work well with upcycled wreaths, which you’ll see in the full collection below. For instance, I made this version from the lid of an old cheese box.

fall door wreath with the lid of a wood cheese box

Gotta love stenciling unevenly with brown paint for a wood-burned look! That being said, though, I really ought to try my hand at actual wood burning on a project some day.

When you think about it, the season is so fabulous that it needed to two names. So, whether you think of it as Fall or Autumn, there’s likely a sign idea here that will appeal to your style and taste.

So, I gathered some of my favorite ideas of upcycled Fall signs to inspire your own sign crafts this season. Some are stenciled, others painted freehand, and a few of them use pre-made letters, words, and symbols. Or hand-crafted letters from random objects, too- there’s a wide variety in this collection of Fall Signs, hopefully something for everyone!

Fall Signs

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Did you see anything that jumped out at you? Maybe one of the Fall signs gave you an idea for something you have or something to look for next time you go thrifting?

farmhouse fall wreath

I’ve probably still got a few fall sign ideas up my flannel sleeves, too. None that are immediately in the works, but sometimes I see a wood cut out (like the one in the wreath above) or a stencil from one of my favorite stencil shops (that’s an affiliate link) that I can’t resist.

Whether you like pumpkins, hay rides, apple cider, or corn mazes, there is likely a saying or sign stencil out there for you. From apple picking to pumpkin patches, all the autumn activities can be celebrated with upcycled signage in unique and delightful ways.

pumpkin patch sign on a wooden paper plate holder

Not only do we have all the great Fall quotes, but there’s just so many classic autumn activities to celebrate. I guess it’s no surprise then that Fall signs are so popular, and can even win over a “no more signs” person like me.

AND we have Thanksgiving, at least here in the USA and in Canada. Even more opportunities for upcycled signs on thrift store finds.

DIY Thanksgiving decor from a bamboo serving tray

Thrift stores, yard sales, and flea markets are chock full of items that can be upcycled into Fall signs. With all the great fall symbols (pumpkins, acorns, leaves, etc.) and fabulous fall quotes and sayings, there’s no shortage of repurposing ideas for seasonal signage.

I hope you found all sorts of autumnal inspiration here for making your own Fall signs this season. And definitely let me know if any of these speak to you or you plan to recreate one with your own spin on it.

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. Thank you for collecting all these projects for us to see. I recently got some small tobacco baskets at a local salvage place and they would make a great background for a sign. I got some small stencils from Dollar Tree with an adhesive backing; I’m hoping I won’t get bleedthrough like I have in the past. Have watched several videos so I think I may have it down now!

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