This DIY painted farm truck for fall is perfect for farmhouse home decor. The teal blue and rustic colors give the painting a true vintage look. I just love the color combination!
The best part about the colors is you can adapt the color scheme to your liking since we’re using a fall stencil.
There are two versions for this painted farm truck art project: beginner and intermediate. Follow along to see which painting version you’d like to choose.
I’ve joined a group of talented bloggers this month where each of us is sharing our fall craft and decor projects to share with our readers. After my post, you’ll find links to their fall projects. You’ll be able to see six more new projects ~ don’t miss out!
DIY PAINTED FARM TRUCK FOR FALL
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- 11×14 canvas ~ Dollar Tree
- fall stencil ~ Hobby Lobby
- Hello Fall wood word ~ Dollar Tree
- jute twine
- glue gun (my fave w/ detail tip)
- craft paint
- sponge paint brush
- stencil sponge pouncer
- detail artist paint brush
- painter’s tape
- paper towel
- Apple Barrel Colors:
- Territorial Beige (brown)
- Antique Parchment
- Elephant Gray
- Harvest Orange
- FolkArt Color:
- Cascade (light teal blue)
STEPS FOR PAINTING THE CANVAS
STEP 1: PAINT THE CANVAS AND TAPE OFF
Paint the entire canvas cream using a sponge brush.
Measure and mark for the frame at 1.5 inches. Use painter’s tape to section off for the faux frame.
STEP 2: PAINT THE FAUX FRAME
We’re going for an old barn wood look for the faux frame.
Paint only 1 coat of brown paint. It will look a little streaky with the cream paint peeking through and that’s perfect.
Dry brush gray paint on top of the brown in a hit and miss way. Dry brushing is offloading the paint on a paper towel so there’s not a lot of paint left on your brush.
PAINTING A FARM TRUCK USING A STENCIL
Option 1 ~ beginner level: As I mentioned earlier about 2 options, this one will be just the painted faux frame, stenciling the truck with your desired colors, adding the “hello fall” raffia bow, then that will be your final look.
STENCIL THE FARM TRUCK AND TOUCH UP EDGES
- Tape the stencil on the painted canvas.
- Use a stencil pouncer sponge to transfer the colors in the appropriate areas.
- When you are done, carefully remove the stencil.
Use an artist liner brush to touch up your stenciled areas where there may be paint that seeped under the stencil.
I had quite a bit of touching up to do, but that was probably due to “user error” and using a very cheap stencil.
At this point, you would make and attach your “hello fall” bow (instructions below) and be completely done.
Ignore my painted in pumpkins as they would have the stenciled look as well.
HOW TO MAKE A RAFFIA “HELLO FALL” BOW
STEP 1: PREPARE THE UNFINISHED WOOD WORD
- paint the “hello fall” word orange
- mix brown paint with water to make “stain”
- paint the stain on top of the orange word
- immediately wipe off the brown paint with paper towel
- now your word will look rustic with a hint of brown
STEP 2: PREPARE THE RAFFIA AND JUTE TWINE
- fold loop sections of raffia and twist the end around the middle
- do the same with the jute twine, but in shorter loops
- wrap the raffia and jute together
- cut into all the loops
- peel apart some raffia pieces
- unravel some of the jute pieces
STEP 3: USE HOT GLUE
- hot glue the bow to the canvas in the upper left corner at an angle
- attach the painted word on top of the bow with hot glue
HOW TO PAINT A VINTAGE TRUCK WITH PUMPKINS
Option 2 ~ intermediate level ~ completely painting the blank stenciled areas, highlighting and shading.
I found the teal blue, vintage truck scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby, and it’s what I used as inspiration for all the blending of colors, highlighting and shading.
SUPPLIES ADDED FOR OPTION 2:
- Apple Barrel ~ Orange
- Apple Barrel ~ White
- An old medium head artist paint brush for mixing colors
- Loew-Cornell angular brush 7400 for highlighting and shading
- FolkArt floating medium
THE ORDER I PAINTED THE TRUCK:
- brown paint was used for stem and rounding the pumpkins, orange paint was used as the pumpkin base color with blended colors for the highlights
- light teal blue color was mixed, and this color along with floating medium was used for highlighting the truck
- silver color was mixed for highlighting the metal areas
- dark teal color was mixed and used for shading the truck and part of tires, for some of the shaded areas floating medium was also used
- white was used to dry brush some areas of the windshield and side window
- white was used to highlight headlights and metal on tires
- rust color was mixed and dry brushed on the truck teal areas and metal spots
So, will you be painting your fall farm truck teal blue or red? Let me know in the comment section below!
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Michele | Coastal Bohemian
T’onna | Sew Crafty Crochet
Julie | Sum of Their Stories
Beverly @ Across the Blvd ~ Quick and Easy Fall Tray Centerpiece
Niki @ Life as a LEO Wife ~ Burlap Bubble Pumpkin Wreath
Gail @ Purple Hues and Me ~ Loopy Yarn Wrapped Pumpkin
Michele @ Coastal Bohemian ~ Watercolor Sunflower Pillow
T’onna @ Sew Crafty Crochet ~ Fall Gnome Scarf
Julie @ Sum of Their Stories ~ Autumn Quote Cross Stitch Design
Allyson @ Southern Sunflowers ~ DIY Painted Farm Truck for Fall (that’s me)
Sharing my DIY painted farm truck at these fabulous blogs!
Dee | Grammy's Grid says
That turned out nice!! Thanks so much for linking up at A Themed Linkup 121 for Fall Crafts and Décor. Shared.
Dee, thanks for sharing my farm truck!
Michele Morin says
This vintage look is so great for fall!
Thanks, Michele! I’d been wanting to make something with a vintage farm truck, so finding the fall stencil was perfect for sparking my idea.
I just love this canvas, the truck looks amazing, the rusty bits are fabulous, big fan of stencilling and this hits the spot.x
Janette, thank you for all the compliments! So glad you like my farm truck. Thanks for dropping by!
Your painted fall truck art turned out great, Allyson. I love that you’ve shown two options for it. This will go so well with the farmhouse look for fall.
Thank you, Beverly! So happy you like my painted truck. 🙂
T'onna | Sew Crafty Crochet says
I just love these trucks as part of fall decor! You did a great job painting it. I often mess up painting even when using a stencil. lol And the frame looks amazing as well!
T’onna, thanks for the compliments! This is only my second stencil project and I find I get a bit heavy handed pouncing on the paint ~ lol.
Niki | Life as a LEO Wife says
Your painting looks lovely! The way you shaded & painted the open areas makes a HUGE difference. So pretty. Pinned!
Thank you, Niki! I like the look of painted stencils, but I just couldn’t help myself to go ahead and make it into a painting.
Wow, that’s lovely. You got such a beautiful hand painted effect with this stencil, it looks amazing. A gorgeous colour combo for this time of year.
Thank you, Julie! The Cascade (teal blue) color is new for me and I really like the shade.
I think this looks wonderful. It’s a great addition to any Fall decor.
Thank you, Michele!
Gail @Purple Hues and Me says
Your painted farm truck looks lovely, Allyson! Thanks for sharing how to create the perfect fall piece using stencils! I love how you can customize the artwork! I would definitely be a beginner since I would probably mess up highlighting and shading! That’s for the artistic endowed, lol!
Thanks, Gail! I actually find the highlighting and shading is way easier compared to stenciling as I tend to be heavy-handed on the pouncing and get lots of bleeding. The actual painting is much more forgiving.