DIY Hallowe’en Decor


This project was fun.
Believe it or not, it was actually ‘adrenaline pumping fun’.

Let me explain before you think I’m a total loser….   
actually, when I do explain it will confirm that I’m a total loser. lol

I am clumsy.

VERY clumsy.
I can walk around the house without tripping over my feet (most days), but when it comes to tools – I am a MESS.

Proof – clearly I can’t work a mandolin slicer.

I’ve fallen off a ladder a few times and have actually managed to skewer both palms with whatever it was I landed on.  I’ve put a chisel halfway through my thumb and have just about sliced the top of my finger off using a hedge trimmer (hint: don’t hold the branch you’re trimming).  
Most of my scars are from tools.  (I think that’s why I love my sander so much – a power tool that hasn’t removed more than a millimetre of skin here and there).

SO, in order to make this project I had to use a saw.
Not just any saw; Hubby’s mitre saw.
A big, loud, ‘I could bleed to death if I screw up’ machine. 

But Hubby wasn’t home to turn to, and I really wanted to make this project…  so I did it….
I cut three pieces of wood at 18″ (46cm) long.

Build your own Hallowe'en street sign

The adrenaline was pumping at this point and I still had 10 fingers, so I cut another 3.5 x 3.5″ (9 x 9cm) square.

THEN, I cut that square in half on a diagonal (to make the arrow end).

WAHOOO!

One very small chip of wood in the eye – wear protective glasses everyone – but no blood!

I screwed the triangle pieces down into the long plank of wood and then used a bit of wood filler to lessen the look of the gap between the pieces.

Build your own Hallowe'en street sign

Next up – the post.

More scrap wood from the garage, and more mitre saw action.
You can see that I cut all the edges at a 45 degree angle – wrongly – which makes the base look awkward – but hey, it stands, so I’m happy.

Build your own Hallowe'en street sign


Sand it all down;

Build your own Hallowe'en street sign


Then add a couple of coats of black exterior paint. (Mine was paint and primer in one, so I didn’t need a separate coat of primer first.  Check your brand before starting just in case you do need to do this extra step.)

Build your own Hallowe'en street sign
Build your own Hallowe'en street sign


I used vinyl decals again and put a light coat of black over top of them to stop any top-coat bleed-through.

Then on to the orange!

Build your own Hallowe'en street sign

The black sign just has decals attached to it – I didn’t paint over it again.

Build your own Hallowe'en street sign


Carefully peel off;

Build your own Hallowe'en street sign


Then attach to your sign post with screws.

Build your own Hallowe'en street sign
Build your own Hallowe'en street sign


I love this!

There WILL be another post showing a Christmas one – it was too exciting (and easy) to not build more!

Next time – bigger, taller, bolder!



Daily Glam & Jockey P2P look of the day:

dark wash bootcut jeans, ribbed scoop neck in beige and zig zag scarf tied like a vest. 






Have a great one!

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2016-07-04T11:42:17-04:00September 21st, 2014|BUILD IT, DECOR, DIY, HOLIDAYS|0 Comments

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