Monday, September 21, 2015

No Tricks Only Treats Handpainted Sign

We're talking handpainted signs today.  How to make this handpainted no tricks, only treats sign for your Halloween door decor.

This technique is simple and straight forward, no vinyl cutting machine necessary.  I actually prefer the variations that come from handpainting the letters.

A few bits of scrap wood put together to make your background then print the lettering.  You can use my PDF file below or make your own design:

How to make a handpainted wood sign:

Step 1: Cut 2 - 1x6 @ 16" and attach together using wood glue and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.  You could also use mending plates if you don't have a pocket hole jig.  Also stain the boards (on the front) before you add the frame.

Step 2: Cut 1x2 pieces for the frame and attach using wood glue and 1 1/4" finish nails.

Step 3: Print out the lettering (use my file here or create your own).  Center the print out on the wood and using a ballpoint pen with heavy pressure trace the letters.

Step 4: Paint on and inside the indent left behind by the pen.  I use white acrylic craft paint with a small brush.  Go slow.

Step 5: Create a shadow with a darker color paint adding a line down and to the right of each letter.

At this point I hung it on the door and decided I definitely needed to paint the frame.

Step 6: Mask off the sign portion and paint the frame.  Sand to distress then apply stain to enhance the distressing.  Seal everything with exterior use clear poly.

A few more handpainted sign ideas I've shared over the years:

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  1. Love this sign Jaime!! The orange on the outside is perfect!

  2. Love your sign! I've got to try your painting technique, your signs always look amazing.