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Wooden Halloween Sign

Halloween Wooden Sign with Lights

This wooden Halloween sign is the perfect sign for your Halloween front porch. It adds just a little bit of spooky and lots of vintage Halloween vibe. This Halloween wooden sign is really cheap and fun to put together, and if you add lights it helps brighten your porch for the trick and treating brigade.

A Halloween front porch decorated with a wooden Halloween sign and two black cat decorations.

Wooden Halloween Sign Supplies

  • 1 – 2″ by 8″ board 6 feet long or 1 inch plywood cut 8″ wide
  • 120 grit sandpaper
  • Assorted Dollar Tree wood signs or cut outs
  • Black chalk paint
  • Dollar Tree Jenga blocks (or 1 by 2 wood scraps)
  • Assorted latex craft paints in Halloween colours.

I want you to be able to decorate your porch for Halloween while still saving for Christmas. This is the first of three Halloween front porch decorations I made this year all on a budget. If you don’t have Halloween colours at home, you can swap them out for any craft paints you do happen to have. I used an existing porch leaner harvest sign but again use what you have, plywood works, or three two by fours. My sign has five characters but you can make a cute one using only three. Although I think lights are the best part, if you have little ones who won’t be up late enough to see them skip them for this year. I am sure you get the idea, now let me show you how easy this sign is to put together.

How to make this Wooden Halloween Sign

Step 1 – Paint the Back Board

Take the 2″ by 6″ board sand it with 120 grit paper and give it two coats of black latex paint (I used leftover chalkboard paint for ours).

To make our Halloween sign we used an old Harvest sign we made several years ago and painted the back side.

A large wood board being painted black for a cut halloween sign. You can see the back is a fall sign and the front is painted black for halloween sign.

Step 2 – Attach and Paint the Wood Blocks

While we have the paint out I thought we may as well paint the little bits of wood. These little pieces of wood need to be about an inch high and half an inch wide. We will use them to add height behind our front pieces. The space gives us the room we need for the lights.

Dollar tree jenga blocks glued together and painted black for creating height on a diy halloween signs idea. They will hold the space for the lights.

I glued two dollar tree jenga blocks together for each piece, let them dry, and then painted all the sides black. If you have scrap wood to cut down to size use that instead, just make sure its an inch high. Set aside and let dry.

Step 3 – Prepping and Painting the Halloween Miniature Signs

The little wood cutouts are one of my favorite things to purchase at Dollar Tree, I have a stash of them for the different holidays. I use them for templates, to give me basic pattern idea to draw but I had never actually made anything with them before. My first plan was to use 5 of them from my stash until I found these great vintage styled Halloween yard signs at the Dollar Tree.

To prep the dollar tree signs use a small paint scraper or metal ruler and carefully pry the picture away from the stem. I only found three of them at our store so for the other two sign I painted the wood cut outs.

The back side of a dollar tree wood halloween yard sign having the stick pryed off with a paint scraper.

The vintage signs had glitter sections and a black edge around each one. To make them match I grabbed Halloween coloured latex art paints in Halloween colours, plus white and black.

Three of five halloween signs on a large black board with lights behind them.  Part of a large halloween wooden sign idea.

Paint the various parts of your wood cutouts in different Halloween colours. Once done use a small paint brush or a black paint pen and paint a black edge around the edge of your wood pieces.

Three painted wooden halloween signs for halloween. There is a green swamp ghost, a black cat with orange pumpkin and a brightly coloured trick or treat sign.

Adding the glitter I originally used spray on adhesive but some came off. I suggest using mod podge, or paint on some white glue. Sprinkle with glitter.

Step 4 – Assembling the DIY Halloween Sign

This is the funnest part. I always start to get too excited when the final part of my projects come together, causing me to hurry. Do you feel that way? Its really hard when I have to slow down and remember I am doing a tutorial. This sign looks like its going to be one of a kind awesome at least to me lol. Heres how we put it together.

I used an air nailer to attach my small signs to the back board. If you don’t have a air nailer I would use small nails to attach the jenga blocks to the back board, then E-6000 to attach the small signs.

Begin by placing your decorative signs where you want them. Then place the wood supports behind them where the don’t show through from the front.

A long black board painted black with various small and fun Halloween signs being nailed to the front of it. The diy halloween sign is laying flat on top of saw horses.

Adjust angles to make it fun, and then measure the distance between each sign so they are relatively even. Then nail with the airnailer using 1 1/2 inch air nails.

If you don’t have an air nailer, I suggest putting the sign together as follows; remove the small wood Halloween signs, hand nail the jenga pieces to the back board. Once the jenga blocks are nailed in place, use E6000 to attach the small wood Halloween signs to the jenga pieces.

Step – 5 – Stringing the Lights

You can use any kind of Halloween string lights you like. Hang them behind the Halloween signs, wrapping them around the jenga block spacers to hold them in place. Snuggle the plug in end along the bottom of your sign and attach to the back if needed.

Wooden Halloween Sign Video Tutorial

I put together a Halloween sign video for you showing me completing each step. I tried my best to cut out as much as I could while still showing you all the steps. I hope you find it helpful.

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