Wotchya witches. Remember me? I know, I know! What with making Curious Creations for my Etsy store, Code Orange UK only went and arrived in mid-July! I repeat. Halloween arrived to UK shelves in JULY!!! So, I’ve been a little pre-occupied, as you can imagine. As recompense for my long absences from the blog, I come bearing gifts. Say hello to THE easiest DIY Halloween sign ever in the history of Halloween signs.
And the design to go with it.
Yep, I’m offering my design as a free download so you can make your own Halloween sign. Not only that, but you get two signs for the price of one!
Oooh, you lucky people…
So without further ado, let’s get our supplies together and make the easiest DIY Halloween sign EVER!
What you’ll need:
- Wood cut to size and lightly sanded – Any offcuts you have lying around will make this project a breeze
- My free download HERE
- Carbon Paper
- Optional – A little glue (I used Zig two-way, but any paper glue will do)
- Optional – Tape
- Pen or pencil
- Paint or permanent marker (I used a red Sharpie)
- Some kind of post to attach the sign to
- Couple of nails or screws
- Optional – Varnish
How to make a simple Halloween Keep Out Sign
First, download, save, and print the signage. It’s designed to fit on an A4 page.
Then cut out the parts of the design you want to use.
Lightly glut the design onto the carbon paper. This is optional, but helps stop the layers slipping around.
Make sure the “transfer” side of your carbon paper is facing DOWN, so that when you make your impression, it transfers onto your project.
Position the design and carbon paper onto your project.
It helps to tape it down, to stop it moving about on your project.
Using a pen or pencil and firm pressure, trace around the design.
Don’t worry about it being too accurate. It adds to the rustic nature of the finished project!
Before removing the design, lift the paper and carbon slightly to make sure the design has completely transferred onto the wood. I entirely forgot the inner parts of the “O” and the “R”, but because I hadn’t completely lifted the paper, it was dead easy just to lay it back down and trace those bits.
Colour the design with your tool of choice. I used a red Sharpie, as I find using a pen much easier than a paint brush, but it’s up to you.
The Sharpie took REALLY well – maybe because I’d given the wood a light sanding, but it was so smooth going on, it was a joy to work with.
Attach your finished sign/s to a post (or wherever you wish to use it). I used a couple of screws, just because that’s what I had in my stash, but you could equally hammer in a couple of nails.
Funnily enough, this turned out to be the fiddliest part of the whole project – mainly because me and power tools aren’t the best of friends!
Apparently, trying to screw through soft pine and hard wood is always going to cause issues, but hey ho! I was using what I had lying around!! A bit of brute force with a screwdriver and we got there eventually.
And that’s it!
I told you it was the easiest DIY Halloween sign ever!
This beaut is destined for a plant pot in front of the back gate, to deter people walking in the garden on Halloween night. There’s a natural flow to my Halloween Open House and I rather like people to follow it.
Not that I’m a control freak or anything!
Whether they do is another thing. After last year’s shenanigans thanks to that which shall not be named, this will be my first Halloween Open House at The School House, so the walk-through part is still very much in its experimental stages.
So, what do you think? Are you in the market for making the easiest DIY Halloween sign ever? If so, I truly hope you enjoy this project. Let me know by dropping a comment below or, as always, you can connect with me on Instagram or Facebook.
If you’re a fellow obsessive and you’re NOT following me on social media, you are missing out on a WHOLE HEAP OF HALLOWEEN!!!
See you there.
A hui hou,