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

of I Heart Naptime

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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35 comments on “Halloween Count down {w/ The Corner House}”

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

  2. Jessica from Jessabells Reply

    Wow, love it.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  16. Deborah Fitzgerald Reply

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!

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

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

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

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

  21. Amy @ Positively Splendid Reply

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

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

  24. 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!

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

  27. 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.

  28. Christine (aka The Stampin' Ninja) Reply

    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

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

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