DIY Halloween Sign

12074839_10206581959781641_6553180249021522384_nHi there! It’s time once again for our Power Tool Team to bust out the power tools and build something! You may remember last month’s Fall theme inspired me to build this little rustic crate:

Wood crate made from discarded fencing and an old chair spindle. See how easy it is to make here! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

DIY ReclaimedWood Crate

Well this month’s theme is “Frightful” and perfectly fitting for October. We really like to go all out at my house for Halloween, and the kids in my neighborhood get a huge kick out of it. I knew when I saw this sign at a few months ago that I must have one for our display as well!

I went to the Home Depot in search of what I would need to build my sign, and came across this mailbox post for $28:


I knew it would be perfect! It is narrower at the top than the original sign which I needed it to be for the space I wanted to put it.

Here is how my version turned out:

Make this BHG-Inspired Halloween sign using a mailbox post! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Oooooooooh spooky…

Make this BHG-Inspired Halloween sign using a mailbox post! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

This project started with the mailbox post, which I added a base to with old wood scraps I had hanging around, followed by a sweet new paint job with Rustoleum’s black spray paint in satin:

Make this BHG-Inspired Halloween sign using a mailbox post! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I’m sure there are several ways I could have made this stand on its own, and I really wish I had picked up some angled metal braces to connect the post to the base. I did not want to make another trip to the store, so I was trying to use what I had and it worked fine (and was free!). The angled piece I cut with my miter saw to fit flush against the post and the base, then screwed it in place with wood screws. I also added two wood screws to each side of the post, into the base.

To make the sign, I attached  two pieces of wood from my curbside-find pile (that pile has gotten a lot of mileage!) together with an old piece of fencing.


Then I made a template with a piece of paper, traced it onto the top and bottom, and cut it with my awesome cordless RYOBI jig saw:


I white washed it the same way I usually do (see how here). To add the lettering, I busted out the big guns, my silhouette. I truly have a love-hate relationship with that thing. In the time it took me to create my words exactly how I wanted them and get them cut out, I swear I could have transferred  the letters like I did here, and painted them in!

After fiddling with it for at least an hour, I finally got my letters cut from the contact paper (works great and cheaper than vinyl), and lined up. I filled in the empty spaces with scrap pieces:

Use contact paper in your silhouette in place of vinyl if you're just using it as a stencil.

Then I spray-painted it with Rustoleum’s satin black:


I did two coats, then peeled off the vinyl after about 15 minutes.

Make this BHG-Inspired Halloween sign using a mailbox post! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I gave it a few coats of clear matte acrylic sealer and hung it from the top with galvanized screw-in eye hooks and an S hook…


Not too hard, right?

Make this BHG-Inspired Halloween sign using a mailbox post! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

What do you think of my welcoming committee?



Just before you get to this point is a graveyard…


Here are a couple of my skeleton pals hanging out in the graveyard…

Halloween 2015 Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer


Halloween 2015 Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

And just past my spooky greeters, you’ll find this gal:

Halloween 2015 Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

And just  a glimpse of how it comes to life at night:

Halloween Display 2015

 And across from her is this little fella:

Halloween 2015 Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

And this near my front door:

Halloween 2015 Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

See how I made that large  BEWARE sign including how I enlarged my letters here.

Check out last year’s Outdoor Halloween Tour here:

Outdoor Halloween Decorations

Spooky Outdoor Halloween Tour 2014

I’ve still got a few more things to add to this year’s display, but I am really excited about the addition of this sign!

Make this BHG-Inspired Halloween sign using a mailbox post! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I spent around $38, not too shabby.

Make this BHG-Inspired Halloween sign using a mailbox post! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Here’s what my Tool Girl Crew came up with for this month:

If you liked this project, you might also like the Halloween wreath I made from this cabinet door:




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  1. WOWWWWW, A-MA-ZING hahahaha, is fabulous indeed. Such a good work ( in the entire display). Congrats¡¡¡

  2. This is awesome! Wow! When you say you go all out… you REALLY go all out! I’ll bet your a popular house for trick or treating:) Love the sign….I too have a love hate relationship with my’s so handy though!

    • Thanks, Wendi! We add a ton more on the actual night of Halloween including fog, scary lighting in the house, creepy music, and several more spooky pieces! We get a ton of trick or treaters! 🙂

  3. Love the eerie elegance of your Dead & Breakfast sign…Thanks for showing us how you did it. Your entire Halloween display is fantastic!

  4. Wow! Nice job! You go all out for Halloween! I love it!

  5. OMG, I say someone LOVES Halloween! I love the sign and it is a perfect addition to your decorating for Halloween!

  6. Carolyn Price says

    Boo-tiful sign, Christy. Love it! Great addition to your display.
    What is a “silhouette” please?

    • Thanks, Carolyn! A silhouette is a cutting machine that you can use to cut letters into vinyl and adhere to a surface like a stencil. I got one for Christmas and just don’t use it often enough to have the hang of it yet! 🙂

  7. What an outstanding job!!! I have seen this sign also and thought how neat it would be to create. Your house is truly amazing and it takes me back to when I was a kid. I would have loved trick or treating in your neighborhood. I love all your decorations!

  8. Unbelievable Christie!! Love the sign, the perfect touch for all your ghouls! Very creepy cool!

  9. Tina Matteson says

    Wow, you did some serious Halloween decorating! I love your sign. It’s a great idea.

  10. That’s good Christy…perfect addition to your AMAZING Halloween House!!! This month’s theme was right up your alley.

  11. chris aka monkey says

    lol what a spooky yard, that sign is awesome, you might have spent $30 on it but you must save a ton on candy because no kids would have the guts to knock on your door ha ha love it xx

    • Ha ha thank you! We have some ten year-olds that won’t come near us, and then some three year olds that march right up to our door. It’s so funny to watch, but overall the kids and parents get a big kick out of it! 🙂

  12. Your Halloween decorations are incredible! I know the neighbors love it when October rolls around so that they can enjoy your yard. The welcoming sign that you created for your display is perfect!

  13. Love the way the sign turned out. All the decorations are awesome. Bet it is really creepy at night? And all the kids love coming to your house.

  14. That is THE COOLEST Halloween sign ever!! I love the decorations in your yard – so awesome!!

  15. Love Halloween & Love the new sign. Your yard is SPOOKTACULAR !!!

  16. Your house is decked out! Love your sign and brilliant to use a mailbox post!

  17. You are so festive! My kids would love all that. Love the Dead and Breakfast. haha

    • Thanks, Mary! My kids get a big kick out of it. Two years ago when my younger son was only three, he wanted to take this small skeleton decoration we had, everywhere with him. I’m sure people thought it was strange! 🙂

  18. Oh my gosh this is fabulous!

  19. This is AWESOME! I am in love with your entire Halloween display.