Are you ready for Halloween yet? We’ve started getting the decorations out & everything set up. As a Lowe’s Creative Ideas blogger, the October challenge was all about DIY Halloween decór! After the fun we had last year with the giant yard spider, we decided to do another yard project – this time, a spooky lantern sign post! I love the way it turned out! Such a fun way to add some Halloween decór to our front yard. I chose the “Something wicked this way comes” quote from Macbeth to put on our spooky signs. It works great for a directional sign post and is such a perfect Halloween quote! But, I love the addition of the lantern to make it look a little more like a lamp post too! Here’s how we made the sign:
- wooden post (2″ x 2″ x 6′)
- thin wood boards
- orange & black duct tape
- bicycle/garage hook
- white & black spray paint
- vinyl letters (or stencil)
- sand papaer
- two nails
- Jigsaw or Sonicrafter
- hanging candle-holder lantern
- LED candle
- spider webbing
Every single item pictured came from Lowe’s except the bird on top (that was in my Halloween decoration stash). After picking up our supplies, we got to right to work – starting with the post! I wanted stripes and we decided that colored duct tape would be SO much easier than messing with paint. So, to make stripes on our wooden post, all we did was wrap it in duct tape. A little time consuming, but SUPER easy (and something that can be done inside while you’re watching tv 😉 ). Next up, the directional signs…With the right power tool, making the signs was also really easy. Just roughly sketch out your arrow lines and whatever jagged line pattern you’d like for your edges. Then cut. Once cut, then spray paint the signs white and let dry. I cut the letters out of vinyl using an electronic cutter. You could use stickers, precuts, or alternately use stencil & paint. Once the white paint is dry, put the vinyl letters on where you want them and spray with black. Let dry & slowly peel back the letters to reveal your white words! While those dry, you can prep your lantern & hook. The hook is just a large hook for the garage. Ours came gray so we wrapped it in black duct tape. I found the lantern on clearance (yay!) and used simple spider webbing inside & outside it to create a spookier look. Once everything is dry, then you can sand the wooden boards for a distressed look. Sanding will take some of the shine off and give it an older, rougher look. The last step is to attach it all to the striped wooden post. We attached the directional signs just slightly off-kilter with a single nail each. Then, we screwed in the hook. That’s it! Then, decide where you want it & add any other Halloween decór to set the scene! We used an urn & light-up pumpkin that we also purhcased from Lowe’s for a little extra fun. Then, the raven for the top just seemed perfect! I bought that a couple year’s ago from a craft store. I love the way it all came together! Such a fun addition to our front yard. For more Halloween decor ideas, you might want to check out these posts:
DIY Giant Yard Spider
DIY Spider Wreath
How do YOU decorate for Halloween?
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Perfectly halloween! How fun…
This is awesome! I so wanna make one and Lowe’s is right down the street – love it!
What a clever idea! I love it!
Oh I’m loving this! I think I could actually handle making it and it makes such a big impact! Great job!
So cool! I’m sure you’ve got the whole neighborhood in the mood for Halloween!
This is so cute! Love the stripes and that it is spooky rather than scary.
AWESOME! I really love this. Pinned!
Wow! This turned out so cute, love it!
SOOO cute! it all comes together so well too! I love the lantern and that raven is the perfect topping to it all
That looks great! My one question is how did you secure it into the ground?
It’s a stake at the bottom, so we just stuck it in the ground. We don’t have a lot of weather here (Phoenix), so we didn’t really have issues with it going anywhere.
Thank you! I have everything purchased, now just trying to find time to start working on it!