Halloween is just around the corner, and while it may look a little different this year, my kids are getting kind of excited.
We may not do the usual trick or treat, however, we still plan to do a little dress up in costume and have a Halloween semi-spooky-inspired dinner party with a few friends.
To kind of help set the mood, I started decorating our front console table with more Halloween decor, while shifting around the fall decor.
I wanted to make my own Halloween decor, and add a sign to go along with the layered look of signs and decor that I am into. I also wanted to keep it in color scheme with both Halloween and the Farmhouse style.
So I created a Black and White with wood stain sign inspired by the famous movie Hocus Pocus and a good old fashioned broom company.
Recently, I shared my process for making this Hocus Pocus Halloween craft kit on my Facebook page where I often go live showing new craft ideas. If you don’t follow me there, I’d love to have you over there in our community. I am also sharing new craft ideas.
Below is the video I created showing how I decided to personalize this kit.
Making the Fall For You Craft Wood Sign Kit
When you purchase the craft kit from the shop it will come carefully packaged in a box including the materials you will need to make the project. (Simple materials such as paint paintbrushes, pliers, and glue/glue guns are not typically not included).
This Kit Includes:
- Wood Base – cut to size 12X14
- Sign Stencil
- foam brush (other brushes not included)
- paint sponges
- Wood Trim and nails (if wood trim is selected option at checkout)
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Making The Sign:
Start off by painting the backboard of the sign first and let it dry.
By painting the background first it more time to dry before applying your stencil. For most designs and wood sign craft kits, I like to paint the background white. However, I chose the reverse for this sign and painted it black.
You can of course, choose whichever background and colors you like.
You can also choose to lightly sand the board first before painting and in between coats. I did not do that for this sign.
While the painted board is drying, work on your trim pieces if you chose to add trim. You can stain in your favorite color of stain. Of choose from some of my favorite paints.
Trim is optional when ordering the kit, however, I like it because I feel it gives it a much more finished look. My favorite stain is the Old Barn Living stain in the colored weathered.
Once you are done staining all six sides of the trim, and your backboard is dry you are ready to apply the stencil.
To apply the stencil, carefully peel back the white sheet revealing the sticky back of the stencil.
Hover the stencil over the backboard and apply from the center out on to the sign.
Once the stencil is on, smooth it out with a squeegee or credit card to smooth out any bubbles.
Next, you will want to remove the top clear transfer sheet of the stencil. This is the slowest part of the process. So take your time to ensure not to rip or tear your stencil where the cutout parts are of the stencil.
Once you have the entire clear transfer sheet removed you are ready to paint the design.
Painting the Sign Stencil
Tip* Prior to painting the design, you may choose to first dab or apply a very thin coat of mod-podge into the stencil design. This helps to prevent bleeding of the paint colors or smudging due to over-application. The mod podge acts as a thin and clear first coat. This is completely optional, but hight recommended.
Using makeup sponges or small sponges, dab the sponge into the desired color for your sign. Dab off the excess, and then in the same dabbing motion sponge dab the paint into the design stencil.
This may also take 2 coats for your darker brighter colors such as red and black. Use a new sponge for each color.
Once you have finished sponge painting the entire design, give it a few minutes to dry. You may use a hair dryer on a low heat to speed up the drying process. This is completely up to you.
Note: DO not overheat, and do not use a heat gun.
Removing the Stencil
Once the stencil paint is dry or near dry, you may begin removing the stencil.
Slowly from one corner pull the stencil material up. In this kit, the stencil material is not reusable. Therefore, as you pull it, it may tear, which is okay at this point, as you will throw it away.
What do you think? I just love this DIY wood sign kit. You can grab yours from the shop you want to make one similar. The best part is that it includes all the materials and supplies you need to make this project!!!