Handpainted Halloween Entry Sign

 
Happy almost Halloween, everyone! 
 
I shared this tutorial for my Handpainted Halloween Entry Sign at the CSI Project earlier this week. 

handmade halloween entry sign

I really loved the black and white Halloween theme I went with this year.  My inspiration was “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe.  {Check out my front porch and wreath!}  But it needed something a little more.  So I added “The Broom Stops Here” entry sign!
 
Here’s what you need:
Unfinished wood craft sign
Acrylic paint
Vinyl and Silhouette Cameo
Vasoline
Sandpaper
Ribbon
 

 
I painted the wood sign in an antique white to match my pumpkins on the porch.  
I found these cute images in the Silhouette library.  {“The Broom Stops Here” by Loni Stevens #13194 and the Harry Potter broom #26618}
 
The sign measures 12 inches across and 9 inches at its peak.  The edge of the scallop are about 6 inches high.  Once I measured the sign, I expanded the image to the appropriate size and added the broom at the top.  I rotated the broom 10 degrees to get it straighter.  

Load your vinyl and cut the image.
Remove the excess vinyl.  Using the transfer paper, transfer the image to your sign.
handmade halloween entry sign

Use your scraper to make sure the vinyl has firmly adhered to the sign.  Slowly, remove the transfer paper.
handmade halloween entry sign

I wanted the sign to looked distressed and antiqued.  I used a technique that I used on my Antique Window Raven Decoration.  Apply a small amount of vaseline to the areas you want to distress.
handmade halloween entry sign

Then coat with black paint.
 
handmade halloween entry sign

 
Once the paint is dry, you can remove the vinyl letters and broom image.
 
handmade halloween entry sign

Using your sandpaper, lightly rub the areas where you applied the vasoline.
Since I wanted the sign to look old and distressed, I was ok that some of the black bled into the letters.
handmade halloween entry sign

handmade halloween entry sign

handmade halloween entry sign

handmade halloween entry sign

Isn’t it cute?  I just love the little broom!
 
What fun things have you painted for Halloween?
Jill

 

Comments

  1. Where did you find your unfinished wood craft sign? I have searched high and low for that same shape!

    Thanks,
    Lindsey

    • Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. says:

      Hi Lindsey! I got that at Joann Fabric last fall! Not sure if they still care that shape or not. Good luck!

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