Oh how I love the style of the farmhouse signs. They are so clean and simple. So light and fresh. They are a delightful addition to any room. I also love Halloween. It is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for! So why not combine the two?
These Farmhouse style Halloween signs turned out so much better than I imagined. I just love them! Measuring 8×8 inches, they are a great little addition to any shelf, counter, table, mantle, or anywhere really. Because they are small, the different colors of the frames add just the right splash of color to any room.
So lets get started! Here are the supplies you’re gonna need:
- 1×2’s (2 cut at 6.5″ and 2 cut at 8″)
- Masonite board (cut to 7.75×7.75″)
- sponge paint brush
- sand paper, sanding block, or hand sander
- colored paint of your choice
- Wood stain (Jacobean color)
- Halloween print on 100lb cardstock (You can get all but the flying witch in a ready to print PDF at the bottom of the post)
- Flying Witch print by Print and Cut Basement
- bradnailer and nails
Step 1: Building your wood frame
If you do not have your 1×2 cut into 4 smaller pieces, do that now. Cut 2 pieces measuring 6.5 inches and 2 more pieces measuring 8 inches.
Take one 6.5″ piece and stand it on end. Line up the edge of the 8″ piece on top of the edge of the 6.5″ piece and shoot 2 nails through the 8″ piece into the 6.5″ piece, securing it into place.
Repeat this step for the other 6.5″ piece. Once you have both 6.5″ pieces secured to one of the 8″ pieces flip it over so the 6.5″ pieces are sticking up in the air. Now place the remaining 8″ piece on top of the two 6.5″ pieces sticking up in the air and secure it into place with 2 nails in each end, as you did before. You may need to pull and tug at it to help them line up correctly.
Step 2: Painting your wood frame
Once your frame is built, begin painting it using the paint color of your choice and a sponge brush. Apply 2-3 coats of paint using the 15 minute quick dry painting technique. After painting the frame set it aside to dry.
(I actually painted my pieces of wood before putting it together, as you can see in the photos above. But I think it’s easier to just build it first and then paint it)
Step 3: Selecting your print
While you are waiting for your frame to dry, select the print you want to put in your frame and print it on heavy duty card stock. I just used my printer at home, because it printed so nicely. However, I was only testing it. I originally planned to have it printed at a printing place. You can do either.
After you print it out, cut along the light-colored lines to cut out your image. The image is already sized for the 8×8 inch frame.
Step 4: Distressing your frame
Now that you have your print printed and your frame is dry, lets distress it up. Using sand paper, a sanding block, or a hand sander, sand the heck out of your frame. The more you sand, the more paint that is removed, the more raw wood to pick up the color of the stain. So keep in mind. I always recommend to start small.–You can always sand some more, but if you sand too much in the beginning you are going to have to start all over and repaint it.
Step 5: Staining your frame
After you have distressed your frame using sand paper, you are going to apply Jacobean stain to it. Using an old towel, dip into the stain and rub it everywhere on your frame. Make sure you get all areas covered. Using another section of your towel, wipe all the excess stain off. The harder you wipe, the more stain you remove. When you have wiped all the excess stain off of your frame, set it aside to let it dry. You want to make sure it is pretty dry before putting it all together.
Step 6: Assembling your frame
Now that your frame is dry, your print is printed and cut, and your backing is the correct size, let’s put it together. Double check to make sure your backing is not too big for your frame. If it is just trim it down a little so that it fits a little inside on all edges.
Lay your backing out on your work surface and center your print to it. Using double-sided sticky tape (I used my double-sided scrapbook stickies) put some under each corner of the print, securing it into place.
Now, lay your frame face down and center the backing on top of the frame. If you want to check it and make sure you like the centering,
Once you have your print held in place with the double-sided sticky tape, center the frame on top to get an idea of how you want it. Now very carefully flip everything face down on your work surface. Make sure the backing is still centered to the frame, nail the backing to the frame using the brad nailer. I put 2 nails in each side.
After you have the back nailed into place, you are done!
It’s now time to adorn your living space with some classy Halloween decor. Time to find the perfect place to display it. The place where everyone will admire it and want one of their own. Enjoy and display it with confidence, because you are amazingly creative!
Ready to Print PDF files:
Happy crafting my friend!