Hi friends! Are your knees still shaking from my Spooky Outdoor Halloween Tour? I’m glad you all are such good sports!
Today I’m going to share with you how I made my Halloween sign that you saw by my front door, with a little help from Paint.NET . You could use this tutorial to make any kind of sign your little DIY heart desires!
I purchased a piece of 1’x8′ pine unfinished at Home Depot for around $15. I trimmed about a foot off of the bottom so it would fit beneath my porch light and painted it black with acrylic paint.
I really want to share how I enlarge my letters because I had several inquires as to how I had done it for my barn sign that I made out of an old gate.
If you don’t need a letter-enlarging lesson, you can skip to the bottom for the rest of the sign tutorial 🙂
If you’re a regular follower, you know one thing about me. I’m cheap. I use paint.NET to enlarge my letters because it’s free!
Once you’ve downloaded paint.NET, open it up and your screen should look like what you see below. To start writing, click the window tab at the top and select “Tools”.
Your “Tools” tab is now to the left of your screen. Click the “T” icon to start writing.
To choose your font, click on the “Font” drop-down box just above your window. A list of fonts should appear for you to choose from. (These are all of the fonts that are currently loaded on your computer.) Then you can select your font size right next to it.
I chose “Charming Font”. The largest font size that shows is 288, but if you click in the font box until the area is hightlighted blue, you can type in whatever size you need. I chose 500. Then I typed the letter “E”.
To Save on Ink:
If you are printing thicker letters and want to save on ink, you can print only the outline by selecting the “Effects” tab at the top. Then choose “Stylize” and select “Outline”. Then it will give you the option to adjust the width of your outline.
That’s it! You’re ready to print!
If you make a mistake, you can undo your last action by clicking CTRL+Z at the same time or by clicking the blue back arrow in the tools across the top.
For this sign, my letters weren’t too thick, so I printed my letters as is.
To transfer, I rubbed chalk across the back of my letter. I usually use pencil, but I chose chalk since my background is black.
Then I place my chalked-up letter on the sign, chalk side down, and traced the outline of my letter with a pencil.
*You will want to print your letters in the reverse if you have a lighter background. Then place your letters on your project and pencil across the back. The ink from your computer will transfer. See that demonstrated here.
To reverse your letters:
Click the “Image” tab and select “Flip Horizontal”.
Time to paint. I used acrylic paint for my letters.
It’s much easier to hand paint big letters like these! I sanded and then sealed with spray-on matte sealer.
It wouldn’t be scary enough without a little blood…
I hope someone out there finds this helpful. Until I can afford a fancy machine to cut my letters for me, or until I win one of the million give-aways I’ve entered (ok so maybe it was only like three), I’ll be doing my letters old-school style.
What did you think of my sign? Not too spooky and pretty thrifty at $15, eh?
Have a Spooktacular weekend!
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