I adore the movie Hocus Pocus. Someday I’ll make the Winifred Sanderson costume I’ve been planning for years. Until that day I’ll have to be happy with this Halloween window sign I whipped up for hanging next to the front door.
I wanted to make it look like an old fashioned shoppe (the ‘e’ is important) sign that would hand outside a small from-home business. The header was a last minute addition, I didn’t like how high the sign was originally.
- 1*3 wood cut to length (mine were 28 inches long)
- Header cut from plywood (also 28 inches wide, 8 inches tall)
- Black spray paint
- Template cut from vinyl
- Green-white and silver paint
- Stencil brush
- Eye hooks
- Cut all boards to size, I cut the plywood with a jigsaw after drawing it in roughly with a sharpie
- Paint the front and sides of the boards. Do a few coats to make it really dark
- Set up and cut out your stencils. I used the font Birmingham, which is available free on Dafont
- Once the paint is dry transfer the vinyl stencils, it’s easier with a helper. If your transfer paper is too sticky rub it on your shirt to take some stickiness away
- Bonus Tip: When you cut all your stencils out on once sheet ‘draw’ boxes around each stencil and mark the center with a notch. That makes it easier to line them all up
- Paint over the stencils with a dry stencil brush. Go over everything with the green-white colors and then the silver. Don’t go for 100% coverage and don’t use too much paint or it will seep under the vinyl. Remove the stencils, once the paint drys rub the edges with sandpaper to distress it a little
- Drill small holes about 1/4 inch into the top and bottom of the boards (only the top of the bottom slat) for the eye hooks
- Screw in the eye hooks
- Hang the header and attach the lower boards using the S-hooks
Don’t forget to check my Halloween page for more seasonal ideas.