What is your favorite thing about Halloween? My favorite thing about Halloween is the fact that I can decorate my yard in whatever crack pot funny decorations I can think of and it won’t phase anyone. I secretly delight in the free pass from the expected Instagram worthy tasteful décor. (yawn) After all, Halloween is that one time of the year we get to put out whatever we feel like and no one gives it a second thought. No strange looks from the neighbors, no letters from the HOA and no well meaning calls of concern from family and friends. Nope, none of that. Don’t you just love Halloween!! So with that in mind, my inner 11year old would like to share with you this fun DEAD and Breakfast sign you can make for your own yard. And as an added bonus, this tutorial is part of a Halloween Blog hop with 7 other creative bloggers so be sure to check out the links below to their Halloween projects too!
DIY Dead and Breakfast Sign
I started by creating my design on the computer.
I created a blank template for you to use and add your own family name. If you don’t feel like going to that trouble, you are welcome to just use the Kavanagh’s Dead and Breakfast sign but I will have to charge you a franchise fee. Kidding. Unless of course you would like to send me money then hold on while I get you my address.
To save the Dead and Breakfast image, right click on the graphic and choose save. Once you have the image saved you can insert the graphic in any graphics program or insert it in a word processing program like MS Word. To add your family name in MS Word, insert the picture and then open a text box and type your family name. I use the font Ornatique Regular which is a free font you can get here. Don’t forget to add the Est. date too.
Remember to format the text box so it doesn’t have the outline. Once you have your lettering just the way you want it, the next step is to print it and transfer your design to a piece of plywood.
Design Transfer Methods
There are many ways to transfer a design but my preferred two methods are to use graphite paper to trace the design or use a projector. I talk more about these transfer methods over (here).
I used a projector when I made my sign but I find graphite paper to be the easiest. If you choose graphite paper *(affiliate link), you will need to take your design to a copy store and have it enlarged to the size of your sign. Or you can print it yourself in sections and tape it back together like I did HERE
To start with, trace just the shape of your sign and cut it out with a jigsaw. You may need to sand the edges of your sign since plywood sometimes chips when cut. Once you are happy with your plywood shape, paint the whole thing white. After your paint is dry, transfer the rest of your design with a pencil. I go over my pencil marks with a black permanent marker. It makes the lines easier to see where I am painting.
(I painted my board first before I cut it out and regretted it! My plywood chipped as I cut it and I had to REPAINT sections. Oh it was loads of fun but I don’t recommend it.)
For the letters I use One Shot Lettering Enamel in Black *(affiliate link) I love this paint because of how smooth it is to paint with and it’s extremely durable. I used this paint to paint my house numbers outdoors and after several months in the weather it still looks as good as the first day I painted it. And no this is not a sponsored post, I’m just a fan of this product!
Hanging The New Sign
Now that your sign is painted , all that is left to do is to drill two holes and add two spring link clasps and some chain. I hung my sign off my porch to let everyone know the Dead and Breakfast is now open for business!
Keep in mind if you don’t like painting you could always decoupage your printed design on your plywood instead. I hope you will give this fun DEAD & Breakfast sign a try and as always you are welcome to contact me if you have any questions about this or any of my tutorials.
Be sure to check out the other Halloween posts in this Halloween Blog Hop. (Links and photos below)
• A Home To Grow Old In • Hey Fitzy • Nourish and Nestle •
• Savvy Apron • Sweet Parrish Place •
•The Aspiring Home • The Red Painted Cottage •
You may also like my Homemade costume series I am currently in the middle of. Look for the next costume tutorial later this week!
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