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Halloween DIY Front Porch Sign- Hiss & Scratch Inn Poster

Halloween DIY Sign featuring Hiss and Scratch Inn

Have some simple Halloween fun with this DIY Halloween decoration for outside. Two black cats by the names of Hiss and Scratch welcome you to the door.  Aren’t the little trick and treaters the funnest part of Halloween, our whole neighbourhood gets into it  with decorations, music, lights and one large haunted house.  This Hiss and Scratch Inn Halloween DIY sign is not too scary for the little ones, and different enough for the bigger treaters.

You can use the printable in a simple frame, or even stapled to a poster board.   Halloween decor can take up so much space, I  made this one to hang from our front door planter.

Halloween Decoration for the front yard, A DIY Halloween sign for the yard or front porch.

The links to the tutorial for both the wood planter frame, and the scrap wood silhouette black cats are at the end of the post. The poster print is in the Faerie Insider’s library.

The Halloween black cat theme has been carried through all my Halloween decorations this year.  My eldest grand daughter loves all things Cat.  So this year this theme was made for her.

Halloween DIY Sign Tutorial with Optional Hanger


To make the sign for the above hanger as shown you will need the following:

17″ by 28″ piece of plywood

2 Eye and Hook gate latches

80 and 120 grit sandpaper

Black Paint

Mod Podge and the poster

Cut the plywood and sand the edges to remove any slivers.  If you already have a stand that you built I believe you can accommodate the sign by changing the dimensions.

Line up the two eye and hooks on the stand and the plywood.  Screw into the wood.

DIY Halloween sign being suspended with Hook and eye latch fasterners

Paint the front and the back of the sign black.  Apply two coats letting it dry completely.  I suggest overnight.

Have your 16 by 24″ printable, printed in high-quality colour to 17 by 28 inches.  There are two versions to choose from.   The posters were commissioned and after a few tries, the artist was able to create these for me.    Although I paid to have the artwork made, they are posted in the Faerie Insider’s library and are free for subscribers.

Halloween DIY Hiss and Scratch Inn free poster templates.

The first Hiss and Scratch poster has no wording and houses, the second version one features tree and Happy Halloween.    I thought the one with houses suited my urban setting so I chose that one.

Once you have the poster printed trim any white edges from the printable.

Halloween DIY Hanging Poster sign of a Black Cat

Apply a thin layer of mod podge, then the Hiss and scratch poster.  Let dry and hang.

Halloween DIY decoration for the front porch with black cats.

The sign looks great just as it is, but I am practicing super simple woodworking skills so I added some optional Wood Black Cat Silhouettes.

Not ready to make it yet?  Please Pin for Later!

Two different versions of a free printable Halloween poster for outdoors. One has trees and says Happy Halloween, the other is houses with orange lights glowing in the window.

The cats cost me nothing to make as I used the leftover black paint from painting the sign backdrop.  Of course, I named them Hiss and Scratch.

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If you don’t have a frame here is the simple tutorial to ours.

How to build a wood plant frame that can be used as a front yard sign frame

DIY Hanging Planter that converts into a Halloween Sign frame

I also gathered a bunch of scrap wood, pallet wood will also work.  Glued them together and made a Hiss and Scratch black cat silhouettes for Halloween.  They perch on top of the frame and I hold them in place by setting them on curled up duct tape.

DIY Black Cat Silhouettes for Halloween made using scrap wood.

DIY Black Cats for Halloween


    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Wendi. I thought Hiss and Scratch were unique. Glad you like them.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you, Julie. I find the black cat motif with the long tail hanging down adorable. Glad you like it.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Lol… I chuckled to myself designing it as well lol. A legend in my own mind sometimes…glad you like them Michelle…my artsy friend.

  1. Love how your awesome wood sign frame is being used for the seasons. Your Halloween sign is adorable and I think you made the perfect choice with the houses! Question – did you have the poster printed somewhere? Pinned to share 🙂

  2. What an awesome Halloween Sign!! What a great design and perfect to change out as the seasons change! So very creative!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Sam. I am excited to see how the little ones react to it when coming to the door.

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