Halloween Count down {w/ The Corner House}

  Hi I am Laura from Corner House and I must say “I heart nap time.”  Both the blog and the actual time of day.  Which is why I was absolutely tickled pink when Jamielyn asked me to share my sign with all of you, even is she is helping the competition on Crafting with the Stars :).
I am so excited to show all of you how to make my Halloween count down to candy sign today!

Alright let’s get started on this sign.
{Halloween Count Down}
Shopping List:
8 – 5.5″X6′ wood fence posts (cut to 2.5′ long- by the nice guy at Home Depot)
2 – 2″x2″x8’pieces of wood cut to 7′
1.5″ nails
paint (white, black, yellow, orange)
paint brushes
about 10 pieces of card stock
2 pieces of cute paper
2 little clip boards
and your silhouette.  (If you don’t have one I guess you will just have to go get one.  Kidding.  I will tell you how to do it with out a silhouette, but it just just faster and easier with one.)

You will start by laying out your 2×2 boards about 1.5 feet apart. I put them against a wall at one end to make sure they were level.  Then lay out your shorter wood pieces on the boards so you can get a good idea of how you want them.

Sorry these pictures are the best I could get, I made this down in my basement (due to the fact that is was NAP TIME).  Anyway, now you just want to nail your boards down.  

I moved a few boards as I was working so I could see where the 2×2 were.  I used 4 nails per board; and if as you are nailing one of the nails bends over don’t worry about it, just hammer it in and move on.

Once it is all nailed you want to beat it a little.  Feel free to hit it with what ever you have around.  I like to use the the back of a hammer or a screw driver.

Then you want to white wash it.  I like a 1 part paint to 1 part water ratio to make the wash.  Paint on the wash like you would normally and then let it dry.  I like the wash because it lets some of the wood natural prettiness show through.

While that is drying, use you silhouette to cut out your words.  If you don’t have a silhouette you can just print out the words and then rub the back with a lot of chalk (not white) and the put that up to the wood and trace over the letters with a pencil and it will make the letters on the board so you can paint them in. 

Back to the stencils.  Put your stencils up on the sign.
(100,000 points if you can see how I where I messed up)
Now once I had my letters up there I decided that I want some of the candy corns to be under the letters, so I moved some of the stencils to add in the candy corn.

I just painted them on and them sanded them off before painting on the letters.

(Oh look two of those nails that didn’t go into the wood nicely. cute)

Now paint in your letters.

I used those cheap foam brushes for the stencils.

Once your letters are dry you will want to sand them.

For the count down, I nailed up two little clip boards and then just cut out letters and glued them to cute paper.

To finish it off I free hand painted the little bunting and the spider.  I know… my art skills are AMAZING. Possibly I shouldn’t joke with you guys like that.  You may not know I am joking.

Oh BTW I used the fonts Crackhouse, Addict, and Adler.  Maybe if you already have those you can save yourselves hours not having to look though and find a font you want.

Once it is all together, all you have to do is put it on your porch and count down to what is really important. CANDY!

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Jessica from Jessabells posted on September 28, 2011 at 6:17 am (#

    Wow, love it.

  2. Samantha posted on September 28, 2011 at 6:35 am (#

    How cute is this! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

    And don’t worry, my art skills are pretty fantastic also… One word, character. (That’s my excuse for mistakes. Gives it character.)

    Awesome job! I have a couple of pallets lying around, I may whip up one of these for myself!

  3. Christi posted on September 28, 2011 at 7:22 am (#

    This is so cute… My son would love it. Someday when I have a house of my own I may have to make one for my front porch.

  4. mommahen posted on September 28, 2011 at 5:15 am (#

    I bet the kids riding by LOVE this!! So, stinkin’ cute. She has some of the best projects!

  5. laxsupermom posted on September 28, 2011 at 6:22 am (#

    Love this! I’m sure it’s the hit of the neighborhood. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Lyndsey Favero posted on September 28, 2011 at 7:01 am (#

    This is so rad!!! I cant stand it!!! I wish I had a porch and I would make this right now!!

  7. Leanne posted on September 28, 2011 at 7:04 am (#

    This is so cute! My kids would love it. The little clipboards are my favorite.

  8. Laurie Cutler posted on September 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm (#

    I am loving this. I want one asap. You did a great job!

  9. Lisa posted on September 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm (#

    I am absolutely IN LOVE with this project!! I love count-downs..lol This is just fabulous!!

  10. Kelli posted on September 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm (#

    This is sooooo stinkin cute! I am soo going to try and make this. I all ready pinned it!! :D Where by chance did you find those fonts at? I have tried looking, but none of them are coming up.

  11. Ginger posted on September 29, 2011 at 11:14 am (#

    This is the BEST front porch idea I have seen yet. That is awesome! I totally agree – the candy is the best part!

  12. Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe posted on September 29, 2011 at 11:04 am (#

    Oh my! This is beyond fabulous! My sons would love to make something like this and if I let them see it I’ll have to. ;)

  13. janitsy anderson posted on September 29, 2011 at 12:48 pm (#

    love this! can’t wait to make it :) where did you find the small clip boards?

  14. Risa Baker posted on September 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm (#

    I am so lucky I get to live one street over from Laura and her CUTE corner house!!! Makes me happy every time I drive by. Laura is SUPER talented! Fun to see her work on your blog!



  15. Audrey Martinez posted on September 30, 2011 at 3:10 am (#

    I love this!!!! So cute, I love the clipboards. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Deborah Fitzgerald posted on September 30, 2011 at 1:10 pm (#

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!

  17. Becky Pearce posted on October 3, 2011 at 6:42 pm (#

    Thank you SO much for this tutorial! I made one today and LOVE the way it turned out. http://ow.ly/i/iufw

  18. Kathy posted on October 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm (#

    This is so cute!!! I wish my kids were still small so I could make one for my house.

  19. Jennifer posted on October 5, 2011 at 7:24 pm (#

    I love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity to the rest of us… it’s much appreciated!

  20. Michelle Verdier posted on October 13, 2011 at 10:00 am (#

    I think i could use the tall pallet I have in the backyard for this, no?

  21. Amy @ Positively Splendid posted on October 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm (#

    This project is too fun for words! I loved it so much, I shared it in my Saturday Seven lineup this week! http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2011/10/saturday-seven-no-27.html

  22. MJO posted on August 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm (#

    This is great! I love it! I made something like this when my kids were little…

  23. Bonny @ thedomesticatedprincess.blogspot.com posted on September 7, 2012 at 8:05 pm (#

    This is absolutely adorable! I love it! Thanks for such an easy – to – follow tute to go with it.

  24. Debi posted on September 12, 2012 at 6:47 am (#

    Would you please tell me what fonts you used for the stencils? Thanks so much! This is so cute! Can’t wait to make it!

    • Becky posted on September 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm (#

      She used crackhouse, Adler and addict fonts. :)

  25. Becky posted on September 30, 2012 at 7:06 pm (#

    I do not have a silhouette, so where can I get the 3 fonts you used? Going to make this tomorrow an really love those fonts, don’t want to change it any. Thanks!

  26. Sharon posted on October 9, 2012 at 8:19 am (#

    I am in the process of making it (Love it!!) but am having a hard time finding mini clipboards. Where did you find yours?

    • Sharon posted on October 9, 2012 at 8:21 am (#

      Maybe the size of the clipboards you used would be helpful. They look very small, but all I can find it 6″ x 9″…maybe that’s what you used?

      • Kari posted on August 18, 2013 at 9:50 am (#

        I used two chalk boards from Walmart instead of the clip board.

      • Heather posted on September 12, 2013 at 4:10 am (#

        Oooh, I like that idea, Kari!

  27. Heather posted on September 14, 2013 at 6:40 pm (#

    I started making one of these today. All my boards are nailed down. I’m thinking of letting my 8 and 5 year olds help me do the white washing part. They might like it, and how cool for them to be involved in a project like this! I decided I’m probably going to do a small chalkboard for the numbers and let the kids be in charge of changing the number each day. I’m really excited to see how it tuns out! Thanks for the great idea & instructions.

    • Jamielyn posted on September 16, 2013 at 1:14 pm (#

      What a fun project to do with your kids! Hope it turns out cute! :)

  28. Christine (aka The Stampin' Ninja) posted on September 1, 2014 at 1:06 pm (#

    Hi Laura! (and Hi Jamielyn!!! Waving at both of you excitedly!!!)

    I realize this post is three years old so I may not get a response, which is totally understandable, but I gotta try anyways… I found you both via Pinterest (yay Pinterest, right? Gotta love that site!) & I gotta say, I love you both! This blog is UH-mazing Jamielyn & this post, this sign – WOWZA! Laura, I actually feel like, “Hey, I could do this!” Well, that is, except for the fact that I don’t own a Silhouette & I refuse to do it the “hard way”, LOL!

    Lucky for me I have great, crafty friends who are willing to help a girl out when she needs it! A friend of mine in Georgia (I live in California) said she’d be happy to cut my stencil out & mail it to me (love her!) if I could just tell her which words were cut out with which font & at what size… Ummmm, ok…… Lemme just see if the blogger that wrote this post THREE YEARS AGO can help me with that, please hold…

    Laura, do you even remember which words were cut out using which font? And at what size? Maybe even approximately? I just have to make this sign – I have the perfect front porch for it! And you know I’m going to Hobby Lobby as soon as I finish it WITH the picture of your front porch in my hand so I can buy every last thing in it so my porch looks like yours, right? ;0) Consider that a MASSIVE compliment instead of massively creepy, mmk?

    Please, please rack your brain & let me know if you remember anything ok? And I hope you both have enjoyed your Labor Day weekends!

    Christine aka The Stampin’ Ninja

    • Jamielyn posted on September 11, 2014 at 1:15 am (#

      Hi Christine! Thanks for stopping by and commenting, of course I will respond even if it is a post from three years ago. :) I wish I had the font name and sizes you need to make this, but I don’t! I hope Laura will see this and respond because this really is such a darling craft for Halloween.

  29. Aeriel posted on September 26, 2015 at 12:23 am (#

    I just made one like this!! I used my old deck boards!