So I spent about 20 minutes and made this gorgeous sign.
First I grabbed a piece of leftover MDF that I had in the garage (it was from the porch bench!) and I spray painted it with the gold that I had out from gilding my pumpkins. I also gave a couple of dried yellow leaves that I had from last year a shot of gold paint – they were a bit faded after a year of hanging out inside the cover of my heaviest cookbook.
While it dried I found a font I liked and printed out the word “autumn” in 350 point type. Then I cut it out. By the time I was done (with several interruptions from the little ones!) the spray paint was dry.
I used a glue stick to glue the letters to the wood, and cut a piece of blue tape in half (lengthwise) to give the word a top and bottom border. Then I sprayed it down again with what “espresso” spray paint I had left.
At this point I decided I wanted the sign to have a bit more “movement” to it, so I took a dry paint brush and gave it some swirls, letting the gold underneath show through.
When the brown was dry I peeled the letters and the tape off – glue stick comes undone SO easy :)
I gave the edges a light sanding to let more gold show through, then I used my copper craft paint to add some additional swirls and paint the top and sides of the sign.
Last step was mod-podging the leaves on!
Very fast, fun and easy project that cost me absolutely nothing! And it definitely added the punch that my bench needed :)