Hey all! Happy Fall! Well I have been celebrating fall from the first day of September because come on, September = Fall! Anyway, I have slowly but surely been decorating my house with fall decor. It was a bit more of a struggle this year because I had to find new spots for everything since we moved into the new house. It also is exciting, because it gives me an opportunity to change things up and I definitely did! I can’t wait to share my fall decor with you (stay tuned for another blog post coming soon!). Anyway, I have been scouring instagram for some cute fall signs and have seen multiple different versions of craft paper fall scroll signs.
The problem is the signs were either too expensive, the wrong size, the wrong color, or just didn’t have everything I wanted. I decided to try to DIY this project. I am very happy with how it turned out, although I will say I definitely hit some bumps along the way! I will share them with you below.
The first thing you need for this project is some brown CRAFT PAPER. You can get this at Hobby Lobby or Michaels. Be VERY careful to not get craft WRAPPING paper. This is a new thing that has come out lately and it is wrapping paper colored to look like craft paper. It will not work the same so avoid this. (Secret:I accidentally bought this and had to go back to the store)
Then you will need to create a design on the computer. I used photoshop to create my design. I printed it out on multiple sheets of printer paper, then taped them together to create the sign. The next step is to use a tracing light to trace the design through to the paper. If you don’t have a tracing light box, you can always tape the design and the paper to a window where light shines through!
I wish I had taken photos in the process but I forgot to! I did add photos to my instagram stories though so if you want to see more progress pics you can head over there @LindseyPortugal .
Once you have the design traced onto the paper you have to decide what color you want for the writing. I went back and forth between black and white but I really liked how the white paint looked on the paper. This is my favorite white paint (Dr. Ph Martin’s Bleed Proof White) because it is very opaque and paints on smoothly. You do have to add some water to it though.
The next step is to paint the design on to the paper. BEWARE!!!! Use gloves when painting because if any of the oil from your hands sits on the paper too long it will make a mark. I learned this the hard way and had to change my design slightly to “cover” the marks.
Lastly, you will want to roll the top and bottom. I wish I had more clear guidance on how to do this. I actually punched holes and tied some twine. I wouldn’t do this again though if I could do it again. I think I would actually roll paper and glue it on as a “fake roll” but I don’t know. Do not attempt to glue the actual roll, I tried that and it didn’t turn out well. Paperclips work well so if you don’t mind seeing them peeking out through the side, use those!
To hang it, just run the twine through the top roll and tie, easy peasy. I am SUPER excited how this fall scroll came out. I might put some florals on top of it at some point, but I haven’t decided yet!
Here are the links to some of the items you will need for the project (I am an Amazon affiliate so I do receive a small amount for any purchases made through these links: