How to make some spooky signs for your Halloween trail! These signs are easy to make with acrylic paint, wood glue, and old pallets.
We do a Halloween trail every year and I am currently working on some new decor for our trail. I’m using old pallets for a lot of the projects as they have a rustic look, but they will last longer than some of the cardboard items that we made last year. I used the WORST pallet pieces for these… I really like the look of them broken and aged. It gives it that extra spooky feel!
Make sure to check out the DIY Stocks that I made for our skeleton in the jail section of the trail!
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DIY Halloween Signs
This one is super simple.
- Old pallets, disassembled
- White acrylic paint
- Small paint brush
- Wood Glue https://homedepot.sjv.io/5b4JQo
- Ryobi Airstrike https://homedepot.sjv.io/qn7Zbj
- Optional: Cricut and Permanent Vinyl
Step 1: Disassemble some pallets. Grab your SHORTEST pieces… preferably ones that broke a bit and look rough. Also grab a piece for your post.
Step 2: Glue 4 short pieces to your post, in varying positions. I wanted it to look messy- not nice and neat. I laid them out first to eyeball it and see what I liked best.
Step 3: Let glue dry. You can weigh the wood down or use brad nails to attach the pieces so they don’t shift while drying.
Step 4: Use a small paint brush to use white acrylic paint to write in your text. It takes a few coats of paint to get thick enough… let dry between coats.
Alternatively, you could use a Cricut and permanent vinyl to add lettering, but I like the messy look to the painted version better.
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Here’s what the Cricut version looks like… meh. I normally like Cricut projects, but this one was too neat for a project that isn’t supposed to be neat.
Step 5: If desired, you could seal this with a clear matte spray. You may also want to cut the bottom of the post to a point so it’s easier to stick in the ground. I have no fantasy that it would go into my super rocky soil so it’ll get leaned up against a tree probably. Or attached to a short t-post with zip ties if I can do that subtlety.
I LOVE how these came out. Here’s the video tutorial:
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