With Witching Hour less than a fortnight away, I’ve been a busy little bat making and selling my curious creations on Etsy and decorating this year’s Halloween Home.
Covid may have put paid to a 2020 Open House, but Halloween stops for no witch!
As I may have mentioned, our village is holding a local Halloween Trail this year, organised in part by Yours Truly. Now that it’s become a socially-distanced affair (and living in a place with no street lights!) I felt that a “HALLOWEEN IS HERE” beacon was an absolute must.
Because we don’t want anyone missing The School House, do we?
As if, Sue.
Total aside, but can you believe this weekend marks our first anniversary at The School House? A WHOLE YEAR since we left OneandSeventy. I can’t actually fathom the speed at which this year has flown. Fingers crossed the next 6 months goes just as quickly.
Because you know how much I LOVE winter.
Anyhoo… back to today’s project.
I don’t know about you, but I have a Halloween lust list. It grows every year (surprise!) but for some time, top of the heap has been an ornate hanging Halloween sign like this Old Salem beauty posted by my Stateside Halloween Crafting Sister @meandannabellee1.
Sadly, this is one piece of HomeGoods Halloween that hasn’t made it across the pond yet. Although maybe that’s just as well; no way pennies would permit such extravagance this year! So, while I await both sign and funds, I thought I’d make my own rather more simple and budget-friendly hanging Halloween sign. And it’s so eerily easy, anyone can do it!
How to make a Cheap Hanging Halloween Sign
- Cheap hanging plaque
- Waterslide decals
- Bird Feeding Station
- Mod Podge / Varnish or other sealer
Now we all know I have zero woodworking skills, so rather than attempt to make a hanging sign from scratch (and cry like a baby when it didn’t look like the one in my head), I went the easy route with a readymade sign and a bird feeder.
A what, now?
Yep. A feeding station is the perfect budget-friendly solution AND you get to feed the birds for the other 364 days! Win, win!
Gotta look after our feathered friends.
I specifically wanted a fancy shape and OK, it’s not quite as big as I would like, but this £3.99 Wooden Plaque from B&M was ideal. Funnily enough, I also used one of these for my Alice in Wonderland wall hanging that I love so much, it’s still hanging in my gallery wall 2 years later.
After removing the heart and hanger, I painted the B&M plaque with white gesso. While that dried, I designed and printed a Dead and Breakfast sign onto Waterslide Decal paper.
Using Waterslide Decal Paper
If you’ve never used this stuff, its transparent background makes it ideal for a wide range of projects. It can be a little fiddly to apply, but a little patience goes a long way to a great result. Just make sure you buy the right product for your printer. Some Waterslide Decals are designed for Inkjets, while others are for use in Laser Printers.
Once that was dry, I did a little touching up to disguise the edges of the decal, added a black border with an oil-based Sharpie and sealed the sign with Mod Podge. Then I reattached the string and glued on a couple of plastic snakes.
The hanging heart was replaced with a skull that to be honest, turned out rather more alien-like than I intended, but I quite like how creepy it looks. It’s a polystyrene skull left over from the IKEA skull light, that I covered in air-dry clay and sealed with varnish. The clay adds just enough weight for it to hang well, but I think it’s pretty clear I am no sculptor!!
To complete the project I decorated with creepy cloth, also from B&M – I raid their shelves for more of this Halloween staple every year.
A couple of battery-operated flame bulb lanterns from the local garden centre makes sure this no-nonsense sign will be seen from the other end of the village.
I think it looks quite effective, don’t you? And in the dark, you’d never know it was made from a bird feeder!
Another bonus to using a bird feeding station, is being able to play with the position of the sign and the lights. I haven’t yet settled on the configuration, whether to have the sign higher up, closer to the lights or lower down on the hook.
Either way, I’m really looking forward to having this all lit up on Halloween Night!
I hope you like this Hanging Halloween sign. Maybe it’ll inspire you to make one of your own. Let me know, by dropping a comment below.
A hui hou,