A while back I did a 6 foot Halloween Board, and I wanted to do something for the other side. I decided to do a Thanksgiving one, and I LOVE how it turned out. Super happy with it.
I used vinyl as a stencil and painted the words on. It is so huge and we don't have basements here in the Austin area, so I have to store my crafts in the attic until it is time to use them. Sometimes the heat of the summer can peel the vinyl right off my projects, so I decided that really it just makes more sense to stencil the lettering on for large projects like these, and I like the looks of it. You can distress right over the paint with the sander and stain, etc. Last I glued on carved wood decorations on the very top and very bottom. Love it!