This blog is updated in 2020
Hi, I’m Amy and I love to build things and share plans! I am excited to be here for the Holiday Series and share how to build a scary Halloween Direction Sign. This Halloween sign is pretty easy to make and easily customized to the look you’re going for.
- 1 – 2″ x 2″ x 8′ board – post
- 1 – 1″ x 2″ x 8′ board – legs
- scrap wood or 1 – 5/8″ x 5 1/2″ x 6′ cedar fence picket – arrows
- 8 – 1 1/4″ screws
- 10 or more 1 1/4″ brad nails or screws
- stain – optional
- sandpaper – optional
- paper – optional
- chalk – optional
Cut the 2″ x 2″ board to 60″ long or to the post height that you want. Cut the 1″ x 2″ board into 4 legs that are 9″ long. (You can make the legs longer if you need more stability – extra windy area.)
Attach the legs to the post
- Pre-drill countersink holes about 3/4″ from an end of a leg.
- Place a leg flush with the bottom of the post and flush to one side.
- Use 1 1/4″ screws to attach the leg to the post
- Repeat for each leg.
Paint or stain the post as desired, I used Deco Art Chalky Finish in Carbon.
Make the sign arrows. These arrows are a great way to use up scrap wood, if you have any. You can draw out any arrow shapes that you like. I made a template for the arrows. that you can download and print.
(Fonts for the lettering: Creepy Cove – Lavender Witness, Haunted Hwy – Swamp Witch, Witches Way – Mostly Ghostly, Ghoul Grotto – October Crow, Black Cat Crossing – Bat Men__G)
I printed out the templates and traced them onto my scrap wood pieces. Use a jig saw, scroll saw or band saw to cut out the letters. Sand the arrows as needed.
Paint the arrows whatever colors that you like. I used paint left over from other projects.
Once the paint fully dried, I used a sander to rough up the edges and get the distressed look.
I used a really dark stain (Van Dyke Brown) to antique the edges with a paper towel, any dark stain or antiquing glaze will work. Antique as much or as little as you like.
For the sign lettering, I have to use a template because my handwriting is horrible and I don’t have a vinyl lettering cutter. A really easy way to transfer the lettering to the sign is with chalk. Rub chalk on the back of your template, then trace the letters with a pen or pencil. This will leave a fine outline on the arrow.
Use paint or a marker to fill in the tracing. A Sharpie paint marker works really slick.
Space the arrow signs out along the post as you like, and attach the signs to the post with a brad nailer or screws.
Now the Halloween Direction Sign is done!