Each Year, October rolls around and I start making a list of all the decorations I want to make and all the neat Halloween projects I want to try out. I’m never TOO ambitious, but then all of a sudden it’s a few days before Halloween and I realize I’ve hardly made a dent in my list! I promise myself I’ll try harder next year, but usually the same thing happens.
This year I decided to make a smaller list and start a bit earlier. I’ve already finished a few projects for the inside of the house and now I’m moving to the outside. The first thing on my list was something to hang on the door. I usually do a wreath or something of the sorts, but the wind is horrible here and my wreath blew away last year. I wanted something heavier and maybe something I could attach to the door. My first thought was a vinyl wreath, but after trying many configurations, my door is just not designed for that. So instead I purchased a 9″x12″ wooden plaque and made a little sign.
I love simple design and simple colors when it comes to holiday decorations, so I went simple with the plaque. I used the Silhouette Brand Stencil Vinyl and Gray, Black and White all purpose acrylic paint.
I started by painting the entire plaque gray, two coats to be exact. Then I resized and cut out the 12in Oval Doily Background design file out of the Stencil Vinyl and placed it around the edge of the plaque. I painted the entire stenciled area black and waited for it to dry slightly. I found that it’s best to remove the vinyl before the paint is completely dry, it gives a cleaner line. After the black paint was dry, I cut out the Happy Halloween Brush Script Title design file out of more Stencil Vinyl and centered it on the plaque. I used a bright white paint and coated the area twice, to make sure I covered the black paint. Once all of the vinyl was removd and all the layers were copletely dry, I sprayed a clear coat of spray paint to help protect it a bit.
I love how easy this project was to put together and how well it compliments my house. As you can see I also went the next step and added some vinly bats to the door and possibly all of the windows. I got a bit carried away!
– 3 Bats