We love to decorate for the holidays around here. Halloween can be a super fun holiday, but sometimes the decorations get a little bit too spooky for some kids. I was excited to see the new Halloween/Harvest wood surfaces in the Walnut hollow store and immediately came up with a fun idea my kids would approve of. I wanted to put some cute decorations on the front porch. Once the weather turns cold the planters there are empty and bare. Using the Halloween shape signs I made this adorable little Halloween garden for my front porch planters.
Making these adorable wooden Halloween shape signs was so simple. I love a project that can be completed in one day without any fuss. The signs are durable and will hold up great on my porch through the Halloween season.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Walnut Hollow wood signs Ghost Sign, Cat Sign, Bat Sign, Pumpkin Sign
- DecoArt Patio Paint in Pumpkin, Grey Skies, Wrought Iron Black
- DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting, and Rustic
- DecoArt Matte Varnish
- DecoArt Chalkboard paint
- Chalk Marker or Pen
- Paint Brushes and small cup of water
- Sand paper
- Halloween patterned paper
*The First step when working with wood is to sand down any rough spots it might have. This step was super quick with these awesome wood signs.
*Wipe off any dust before you start to paint.
*Paint each shape a base color. I used Chalky Finish Everlasting for the ghost, Patio paint in Pumpkin for the pumpkin, and Wrought Iron Black for both the Bat and the Cat.
*Once the base color is dry you can add any details you want. I painted cute faces on the cat, bat, and ghost.
*You can also add paper accents to the signs. I added fun Halloween paper to the pumpkin, the Sign part under the cat, and an adorable paper bow tie on the ghost.
*Paste the paper on with glue or varnish and let dry.
*You can lightly sand the edges for a distressed look, trace them with the chalk marker, or paint them with a contrasting color. I used Patio Paint in Grey Skies to outline the ghost and the cat. And I used Chalky Finish paint in Rustic to give the bat and pumpkin some depth and detail.
*To turn the Cat Sign into a functioning Garden sign I added a Halloween paper to the bottom of the sign, drew an outline in the middle and then painted the inside with Chalkboard paint.
*Let the paint dry. You can write on it with a chalkboard pen or marker.
*A coat of Varnish helps protect the paint and the paper and keep them looking in tip top shape! Paint it on according to the directions on the bottle and let dry completely.
Now you can proudly display your adorable wood Halloween shape signs in your Halloween Garden!
We have a lovely crop of bats, ghosts, pumpkins, and cats this year! I really love how these great little signs turned out.
My kids get a big kick out of our cute Skeleton gardener with her big floppy autumn garden hat.
There are lots of ways you could display these adorable little signs, if you don’t have planters try lining your walkway with them. They would be a spooky cute way to greet guests arriving at your home either way.
Which sign is your favorite? Leave a comment letting us know which one you love the most. I can’t decide, I love all four!
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Hi there! I’m Kelli and I spend any extra time I have crafting and creating in my Craft Shack. I had so much fun documenting the creation of the Craft Shack that I decided to start documenting all of the Craft Shack adventures. A hobby blog turned into a creative outlet, and a fantastic way to meet other like minded creative junkies. As a SAHM of 3 sometimes I don’t have as much creative time as I would like. You can often find me squeezing in 15 minutes here or there to get a craft finished. Stop by and check out the Craft Shack adventures, you never know what you might find in my little crafty garden shed out back!