I was in a craft store recently and saw a wooden Halloween sign that I loved but I didn't love the price (it was $70!). So I decided to make my own and would you believe me when I say I saved myself $60!
This is what you'll need:
- 1x12 piece of wood (cut to 5 ft)
- Stencils or cutting machine
- Craft paints
- Painters tape
- Paint brush
- Sandpaper (optional)
Start off by picking up your piece of wood at the home improvement store. They will cut it down to whatever size you want and should only cost about $10.00. Sand any rough edges if necessary.
Paint the entire piece of wood with two coats of whatever color you like. While the paint is drying, start to figure out what you would like your sign to say and figure out how big you'd like the letters to be. My letters are 5.5" tall.
I used my Cricut to cut out stencils with card stock for my sign. If you don't have a cutting machine, you can most definitely use a Word document to enlarge the letters to your liking and print from there. After you print, you would have to cut them out yourself. I suggest using an X-Acto knife and a ruler to ensure accuracy. You can also find large stencils to get the job done at your local craft store.
After your letters are cut, arrange them on your board as you would like. Using painters tape, secure your letters to the piece of wood, making sure to cover all spaces that you do not want paint to touch.
Start painting! I used a short bristle brush and blotted the paint on. I used black, gray and rust orange on my letters and in some areas, I had some bleeding but it turned out to be a really awesome mistake because it gives the sign a creepy effect. Let your paint dry before removing your paper stencils. Afterwards, I felt like my sign needed a little extra touch, so I dripped red paint down the front to give it a spooky feel. Make sure it's completely dry before putting it outside your house!