Easy Fall Craft for Children or Adults – A DIY Sign for Fall

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How to Make a DIY Sign for Fall using Burlap and Dollar Store Supplies

This DIY Fall subway art  idea came from a weekend with my granddaughters.  Its so easy to do, that my two little ones were able to make two signs for their home in about half an hour with dollar store supplies.   I had not originally planned on sharing this with you, the photos are ones we took to send to their Mom and Dad.  After thinking about it I decided to share this simple craft idea I did with the girls as I felt you may want to replicate it with your families.  The process is the same for both versions.

A easy to make lettered sign , with a rustic and farmhouse feel for Fall

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You will need, a black market,  dollar store canvases, the free subway printables and a stapler.

Print out the two printables.

Center the printable on the burlap, pin in place.

Trace the outline  with a black marker, onto the burlap either at a window, or on the table if you can see it alright.    My youngest granddaughter is 6 years old and is very very VERY independent, she did the tracing totally on her own.


How to trace letters onto burlap making a DIY Fall sign for kids


Once traced out, colour in the inside.  My other grand daughter is avery quiet natured  8 year old and a perfectionist, (don’t know where that trait comes from lol). She is colouring in her outlined letters.  It took her maybe five minutes to finish it.

Baby girl colouring in the outline of a burlap sign for Fall

Wrap the burlap over the dollar store canvas, staple in place and trim off the excess burlap.

On the front side the girls had fun using needle nose pliers and the hammer putting in the corner tacks by themselves.  Grama hovered though.

Two DIY Fall sign craft for children.

We also added some of the DIY burlap leaves from my chalkpainted pumpkin with burlap leaves post.  i pinned the patterns to the burlap making sure they were centered and operated the power stapler.  The girl’s did the rest of the craft on their own.  I think they did an amazing job.  I think they look great.

Here is my version of the same idea.

How to make a DIY sign for the home with subway Fall lettering.

Fall Subway Art using Burlap and Dollar Store Supplies

I had planned on posting this craft on the blog so I have step by step photos for you.  The general process is the same. Start by printing out the four page printable for the 16 by 24 inch sign.


Free printable templates for a Fall Craft using Burlap

Your going to notice their is overlap of the four printables I did this one purpose so that they can be easily aligned.  Having the four printables means you can print it out at home on letter sized paper.

Overlap the top two printables first, and cut out any duplicate areas so that you can see all the letters.  Then tape together.

Once the top two templates are together add the lower ones, again cut off the excess paper that may hide the lettering.  Than tape together.  Your finished template should look like this, I hope you can see at least some of the cut paper.

A large subway art template with Fall wording like flannel, apple pie, and corn maze

Once the template is centered I placed the dollar store canvas on top of a large piece of burlap, centered it and then cut the burlap.   Once done I made chalk marks on the burlap to make it easier to center over the canvas once the lettering was transferred.

Centering a free printable pattern onto a DIY subways art with burlap for Fall decorating

The really great thing I found out about transferring the letters to burlap is you can do them with really inexpensive markers from the dollar store.  They come in a variety of fall colours and I have a large stash of them in the basement for the girls to use when they visit.

Colourful DIY burlap sign for Fall. An easy Fall craft

Once you have the letters traced in whatever colours you like.  Recenter the canvas on the back of the burlap using the chalk marks you did earlier to help you.

Staple the burlap to the back of the canvas along the wood portion.

Stapling burlap to a dollar store canvas

Once you have the four sides stapled and are confident the burlap is centered the way you want, do the corners.

I started with one side folding it up and neatly stapling it in place.  I then did the second side making sure to get a nice neat crease before stapling.

How to staple the corners on a DIY sign using burlap

Mounting the DIY Subway Sign

I hung my subway sign on one of the various backdrops I have for exactly that reason.  If you happen to want to make the larger shiplap backdrop here is the post that shows how I made the larger one.

You can also hang it on its own, or prop it in a vignette,  but as you know I have this love of all things white, so mine has the white backdrop.  I have several and love having all of them.


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Easy Fall craft idea for kids using burlap.



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  1. Oh Leanna, you are an amazing Ouma. How I wish mine would have done something like this with us when we were small. And look how beautifully b oth the signs turned out. Your grandbabies are too precious <3

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