DIY Halloween Porch Sign

There are so many different ways to make cute Halloween signs for your Halloween porch decor. Today I want to share this spectacular wooden DIY Halloween porch sign I created as a part of my outdoor decorations. This wooden porch sign is sure to be the envy of the rest of the neighborhood!

Halloween porch decorated with a sleepy hollow theme and on the door is a large wreath and a sign in the center that says "Oct 31".

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The best DIY Halloween projects are fun to make, budget-friendly, and fairly simple to put together. I purchased this 3-pack of 14″ Wood Rounds and the first one I used to create a DIY Vintage Man on the Moon Sign.

Just plain wood is a literal blank canvas and the best part is they’re two-sided which means technically I get 6 signs out of those 3 pieces. Which means I can make 6 different signs.

I could make 6 Halloween signs using The Best Halloween Sayings for Signs or I can spread them out between all the Holidays throughout the year. And all I have to do is just flip it around! It’s a perfect way to make the most of a minimal Halloween decor stash.

How to Make a Halloween Porch Sign

This is the kind of DIY project that I really love to do because it requires those project details that make you concentrate on each individual letter or graphic.

I like the way using a graphic to make a stencil, trace it, and paint it because it’s the least expensive option, but there are many ways that you can make your own next level DIY porch sign.

Options for Sign Design

  • Transfer Method using transfer tape or masking tape
  • Chalkboard Sign Chalk Couture or Chalk Markers
  • Cricut Machine* Black Vinyl Cut Out from Cricut Design Space
  • Black Spray Paint Halloween
  • DIY Kits Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Home Depot, etc.

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To make a front porch sign you’re going to need a few craft supplies. You can make your sign really simple, as I did, or you can go a bit extra. It’s totally

Step One – Your Piece of Wood

To make a wood sign you’re going to obviously need a piece of wood. You could use a piece of scrap wood, a plywood piece, a wood round, or any other flat surface you can paint.

I made a Man on the Moon Sign with a Dollar Tree burner cover. And they often put out signs you could easily paint over or turn over and use the backside.

Wood round painted white with a stencil cut out laid in the center.
DIY Halloween Porch Sign – My wood round was primed with white chalk paint.

I used these 14″ wood rounds purchased at Hobby Lobby. But you can use any piece of wood and cut it into literally any shape or size your heart desires. Especially if you also have a jigsaw!

Step Two – The Stencil

A great way to add charm and whimsy to your porch decor is to have a really cute and catchy phrase on your Halloween porch sign. I go into all the best Halloween Sign Sayings in this post and ultimately I chose a simple “Oct 31st” with a jack-o-lantern design.

October 31st stencil in creation process. Printed and laminated, it needs to be cut out with an X-Acto Knife.
DIY Halloween Porch Sign – Stencil has been laminated.

How to Make a Halloween Porch Sign Stencil

  1. Choose your stencil from Halloween Sayings For Signs.
  2. Print it out on 80 lb cardstock, using the “Poster” function in print settings, at 125 %.
  3. Then laminate both pages.
  4. At this point, you want to use an X-Acto Knife to cut the stencil out.

Step Three – The Painting Process

This process goes so smoothly if you have the right brushes, whatever you do get detail brushes meant for acrylic paints and not watercolor.

The painting process is very simple, it just takes a bit of time. I put on some music and slowly fill it in with a detailing paintbrush.

Step Four – The Top Coat

If you decide to really put your sign out on a porch where it will be in the weather you’ll want to give it a good top coat. I chose to use a spray-on clear coat. The best part about it is it dries super quickly and there’s no mess.

Step Five – Hanging the Sign

For my sign, I chose to include it in the center of this large wreath I made out of a large wooden embroidery hoop I’d purchased at a thrift store ages ago.

I simply put a screw eye hook in the center of the embroidery hoop. And then used a screw eye on the top of the sign. This way I can change out the sign for each season on my wreath.

Hanging hardware on the embroidery hoop I used to hold my halloween porch sign and wreath for Halloween.
DIY Halloween Porch Sign – I used two small pieces of hardware to ensure I can change out my signs for each season.

Spooky Ideas for Additional Porch Decorations

Whether you’re looking for scary Halloween decorations or just a bit of whimsy to add to your outdoor Halloween decorations, here are a few creative ideas to give you inspiration.

October 31st Halloween Porch Sign hanging in the center of my door wreath for Halloween porch decor.
  • Fall Garlands natural vines, autumn leaves, corn stalk garland
  • Faux Birds of Prey a black bird, owl, crow
  • Silly Add Ons googly eyes, glow-in-the-dark paint, spooky ghosts
  • Witch Hats mini hats as tree ornaments or full-size witches hats hanging
  • Large Pumpkins Jack-o-Lantern
  • Spider Webs creepy spiders
  • Faux Pumpkins
  • Front Door Halloween Wreaths spider web wreath, corn stalk, pumpkins, fall flowers, Halloween Candy Wreath, Grapevine Wreath Form

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope I have given you some inspiration, ideas for creativity, and maybe a push to start creating your own wonderland one piece or project at a time.

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Hi, I’m Julie! Mother to five beautiful kids, Homeschool Educator, Writer, Handicraft & DIY Enthusiast, Photographer, Thrifter, and Furniture Restorer. Follow along for fun DIY projects creating a handmade home on a budget! Read more about me here→

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