From Thrifted Cutting Board to Cute Fall Apple Sign

I love everything about September! Sunny days, cool night, crisp apples, and the hints of change in the air. September always feels like a new year and a fresh start to me. It is probably leftover feelings from my days in university and when I was teaching, but none the less, it feels like a special month to me.

Associating apples with this time of year is something I have always done. (find another apple project here) There is nothing like a freshly picked apple and there is nothing better than a sunny, warm fall day spent at the apple orchard.

The Thrifted Find

Even though it is not quite apple orchard time yet, it hasn’t stopped me from bringing that farm-fresh feeling into my home. A few weeks ago I found this peach (I think?) shaped cutting board at a thrift store for a dollar. It wasn’t quite apple shaped but it was pretty darn close.
thrift store cutting board peach shaped

Cutting the Wood

I figured a little tweaking at the bottom of the cutting board with my small table saw would make it into an apple easy enough. Then, add a piece of scrap wood into the mix and I had the makings of some rustic apple decor.

thrift store cutting board and scrap wood

thrifted cutting board and arrow

Painting the Wood

With my apple and arrow cut out, I gave each a coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Curio. The brown paint gave the pieces a more uniform and aged barn wood look.

thrifted cutting board and scrap wood painted dark brownTo make the cutting board and arrow apple ready, they also got a coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Tricycle. For added texture, I threw in a few scoops of Saltwash once the paint was mixed but before it was applied.

thrifted cutting board and scrap wood painted red

Assembling the Sign

My DIY apple sign definitely needed a few leaves and some burlap ribbon did the trick. I folded the ribbon over and cut out two leaves at the same time. A little hot glue was all they needed to stay in place.

burlap ribbon cut into apple leaves

A little vintage-inspired red ticking ribbon and the cutting board apple was adorned.

vintage-inspired red striped ribbon

I also used the same red ribbon, pushed through a set of drilled holes, to attach the arrow to the apple.

fresh picked apple sign arrow

You can find the free pattern for this project here and
directions on how to use the pattern here


apples in a basket ready for fall
thrifted cutting board turned apple sign for fall

With my thrifted cutting board turned rustic apple sign, I am ready to jump into September and embrace the coming of the new beautiful season!


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thrifted cutting board and scrap wood turned into a fall apple sign

4 Comments on " From Thrifted Cutting Board to Cute Fall Apple Sign "

  1. Lisa

    Forgot to say – take your camera! The drive there is lovely; go via Pakenham and stop at the Old Crow Shop (on the main street, near the 5 Span bridge on the right). It’s a great little shop that sells candles, cards and lovely decor items. Pakenham is a beautiful little town and worth the drive. (General Store sells cinnamon buns, bread etc…the smell in there will drive you nuts!)

    1. Lisa

      Ohh that sounds wonderful Beverly! I think you have just planned a fall day trip for me!! Now I just have to pick a day 🙂 Thank you soo much for the suggestions.

  2. Lisa

    How cute! I LOVE fall….just wish it lasted longer (like about 6 months!). As soon as late September hits, I am anxiously awaiting MacLaren’s Orchards near Renfrew to announce they are ready. If you haven’t been there, GO. The smell in their apple processing shed is amazing. I always eat at least two on the way home to Clayton. Delish.

    1. Lisa

      Ohhh thanks for telling me about that one! I haven’t been so I will look it up for sure. I looove visiting apple orchards. There is something so special about visiting one on a beautiful September day. Thanks so much Beverly.

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