DIY Vintage Wood Halloween Sign


DIY Vintage Wood Halloween Sign by Courtney of Crafts by Courtney for I Heart Naptime.

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Hi everyone, It’s Courtney with Crafts by Courtney again and I have another easy Silhouette project to share today.

I can’t wait to show you how I created this cool Vintage Wood Halloween Sign I made for the house. One of my favorite parts about this sign are the colors. I have a certain color scheme in my house and like to incorporate them into all my holiday decor.  The blue and coral colors are my favorite, but I think the touch of black gives it that perfect Halloween feel.



For this spooky Halloween craft, you’re going to need:

Getting Started

Before I began, I knew the colors I wanted to use. I also knew I wanted to give it a vintage/retro look with a font drop shadow. I had my super talented hubby help put the sign together and I think it turned out perfect.  We created our template in Silhouette Studio.

Make sure to download it first.

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Step 1 – Paint Wood

To start, I headed over to Lowe’s and grabbed a 12″ x 48″ wood board for the sign (and had it cut to 12″ x 17″).

Then, I went home and chalk painted it an old white color.

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Step 2 – Cut and Transfer Text

Next, I cut my text out with my Silhouette Cameo and added it to my wood using transfer paper. I made sure to smooth down the vinyl once it was added to the wood, so the letters wouldn’t come off when removing the transfer paper.

It went down perfectly!!

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Step 3 – Weed and Paint Your “OR”

For this part, I started on the “OR” first since it was going to be a different color. I used my “handy dandy” weeding tool to remove the vinyl around the “OR”, then painted it in with black.

When I finally peel up my vinyl, the “OR” will be all white!

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Step 4 – Weed and Paint Rest of Sign

Next, I started on the “Trick” & “Treat.” I just removed the top letter for this part. Make sure not to peel up the drop show yet.

Then, I painted them with two coats of coral colored paint. Let each coat dry 15 minutes.

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Now it’s time to remove the drop shadow! YAY!  I went over that section with a lighter blueish sea foam color. It’s called Key West and I got it from Wal-Mart for .50 cents a bottle. It’s a craft supply must have for me, every time I run into Wal-Mart I grab a bottle.

Step 5 – Add Your Border

I decided I wanted to add a border and that just taping it off would be best. I pulled out my “trusty” washi tape and taped off the ends. Then, I went over it with more black paint. Voila, all done! I think the color combination looks AMAZING, totally fits my style.

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Finally, I went over the sign with a little Annie Sloan wax I had on hand.

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Now I’m ready to display. It’s looks perfect sitting on top of my entertainment center. I even added a coastal pumpkin I made last year that matches!

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After the template was designed, it really only took me an hour or so to create this custom Halloween sign for the house! Plus, the only thing I needed to buy was the piece of wood, not too bad right??!!

Once again, I hope you enjoyed the post. Let me know if you have any questions. I would love to help out in any way I can!

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3 comments on “DIY Vintage Wood Halloween Sign”

  1. Love the design of the lettering including the font! Love that starfish pumpkin, too!

  2. Hi Courtney!
    My mother in law recently got a Silhouette and we wanted to try this as our first craft! However, we’re pretty confused on step 2, and are not sure how the vinyl and transfer paper work together…. We’re very new at this, obviously! Could you expand a bit more on exactly what you did with the vinyl and transfer sheet? Thanks so much. We are SO excited about this adorable craft!

  3. Jesselyn! I’m so excited you’re going to try this craftout! 

    Sorry, Sometimes I write the Silhouette posts thinking everyone already knows how to use them.  Believe me I’m still learning all the time. 

    Here are some tips: 
    I cut my vinyl on blade setting 2. I didn’t use a mat for this, I only loaded the vinyl.  When you load the vinyl without a mat you need to adjust your rollers on your silhouette machine over one..   Once the text is cut, then add your transfer paper on top. If you’re not sure where to get transfer paper, it’s right next to the vinyl at the craft stores. Next your going to peel off the bottom of the vinyl, where the sticky part is. Then place it on your wood.  Use a credit card to smooth everything down and then peel off your transfer paper. 

    I hope this helps, if you need more help or have questions please email me at or like my Facebook page and leave a message there. I would LOVE to help out any way I can.!! 

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