So I have a super fast and easy Halloween craft to share with you guys. This is a fun little decor item that can be for inside the house or I have it on the front door right now.
The only materials you need are three letters, a little ribbon and black paint.
**2015 Update: I have since updated the photos on this post (thus the change in door color from blue to red). This original project is from 2013 and I have only updated the ribbon and spiders on the actual sign. The letters, paint and glue still look great and have not been touched up.
I bought these three letters from Michael’s- each one was $3.99. With a coupon I paid about $9 for all 3 letters.
I also grabbed Black Glamour Dust paint from Deco Art- that was $1.99 regular price- so again use a coupon and save a few cents.
I like the Glamour Dust because you get everything done in one step- just spread the paint on the letters and once it is dry you get a nice color and all sorts of fine sparkle. Much easier then painting and using glitter on top of that.
My 6 year old was in charge of this part and took her job very seriously. One little tip is to dry your letters resting on a paper cup or something so they don’t stick to your paper.
Once the paint dried, I just took some black ribbon I had on hand and cut it and tied it securely between each letter. There is a small knot on the backside that you don’t see. For extra reinforcement I just added some hot glue on the back of the ribbon and that has kept the letters super secure. I wanted the focus to be on the BOO letters and not the ribbon holding them together but you can use orange or twine or silver or whatever color you have on hand.
After the letters are secured you want to add more ribbon to the top so you can hang this guy from the door. I used a strip of plain black ribbon and just hot glued the heck out of it on the backside to make it strong enough to hold the letters.
Next I found these cute glitter spiders at Michael’s recently. They came 3 to a pack for about $2 or so. On the back they have a little clip so I literally clipped them on the sign and then one big spider had the clip break. I just hot glued that spider on the sign directly.
And here is what the spiders look like:
You can use anything though not just spiders. Any little Halloween themed accessory would be fun- maybe little ghosts or bats or something like that.
Now last but not least if you want to add a ribbon or bow for extra color on top that would look great. I found this purple bow at Joann’s and grabbed that to put on top. I think with our bright red door this sign looks better without the extra bow but depending on the colors you use, it could look fantastic.
And that’s it! About $15 and just a few minutes of time plus one cute kid to provide assistance and you have something you can reuse year after year.
This idea was inspired by a few similar signs I saw on Etsy. If you don’t have the time to make one of these, you can always buy one instead.
And if you want more fun and easy Halloween Crafts, check out this post.
You can get a bunch of items for budget friendly trick or treat items that do not include candy here.
And you can see how to make some fun Glow in the Dark Googley eyes here.
Nicole Walker says
What a cute idea. My husband just painted our front door black, so I think I might do this with the orange, yellow, and white to look like candy corn.
Oh Nicole, I have been considering painting our door black too. I just painted it blue from red but I love the crisp look of black. I think with a brown house it might not look right though?
Nicole Walker says
Charlene, our house color is really similar to yours (what I can tell from your picture anyway). Our builder painted the door and shutters a darker really ugly brown (think baby diapers, ick). My husband couldn’t stand it. We had black paint in the garage and I came home one day to a different color door. He told me that if I didn’t like it he would just buy another color and repaint. I wasn’t sure at first, but I really like it now.
Kara Keister says
Thank you for this cute idea! Did it today and it is super cute, easy and cheap! Love things I can do with the kids as well! Thanks again!
Kara did you paint yours black? I am so happy with it each time I pull into the driveway 🙂
Kara Keister says
Yes, I did! I love that shimmery paint. 🙂
Found your post through the SacBloggers Halloween Roundup. This is a great tip and something I can do with my son next Halloween!