Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Count Down to Candy - Halloween Advent Porch Sign

I shared the tutorial for my Count Down to Candy sign on I (heart) Naptime recently and now I am please to share it here with all of you.

I have really enjoyed having it on my porch and so have the neighborhood kids (and their moms).

Alright let's get started on this sign.  First you are going to need to get a few things.

Shopping List:
8 - 5.5"X6' wood fence posts (cut to 2.5' long- by the nice guy at Home Depot)
2 - 2"x2"x8'pieces of wood cut to 7'
1.5" nails
paint (white, black, yellow, orange)
paint brushes
about 10 pieces of card stock
2 pieces of cute paper
2 little clip boards
and your silhouette.  (If you don't have one I guess you will just have to go get one.  Kidding.  I will tell you how to do it with out a silhouette, but it just just faster and easier with one.)

You will start by laying out your 2x2 boards about 1.5 feet apart. I put them against a wall at one end to make sure they were level.  Then lay out your shorter wood pieces on the boards so you can get a good idea of how you want them.

Sorry these pictures are the best I could get, I made this down in my basement (due to the fact that is was NAP TIME).  Anyway, now you just want to nail your boards down.  

I moved a few boards as I was working so I could see where the 2x2 were.  I used 4 nails per board; and if as you are nailing one of the nails bends over don't worry about it, just hammer it in and move on.

Once it is all nailed you want to beat it a little.  Feel free to hit it with what ever you have around.  I like to use the the back of a hammer or a screw driver.

Then you want to white wash it.  I like a 1 part paint to 1 part water ratio to make the wash.  Paint on the wash like you would normally and then let it dry.  I like the wash because it lets some of the wood natural prettiness show through.

While that is drying, use you silhouette to cut out your words.  If you don't have a silhouette you can just print out the words and then rub the back with a lot of chalk (not white) and the put that up to the wood and trace over the letters with a pencil and it will make the letters on the board so you can paint them in. 

Back to the stencils.  Put your stencils up on the sign.
(100,000 points if you can see how I where I messed up)

Now once I had my letters up there I decided that I want some of the candy corns to be under the letters, so I moved some of the stencils to add in the candy corn.

I just painted them on and them sanded them off before painting on the letters.

(Oh look two of those nails that didn't go into the wood nicely. cute)

Now paint in your letters.

I used those cheap foam brushes for the stencils.

Once your letters are dry you will want to sand them.

For the count down, I nailed up two little clip boards and then just cut out letters and glued them to cute paper.

To finish it off I free hand painted the little bunting and the spider.  I know... my art skills are AMAZING. Possibly I shouldn't joke with you guys like that.  You may not know I am joking.

Oh BTW I used the fonts Crackhouse, Addict, and Adler.  Maybe if you already have those you can save yourselves hours not having to look though and find a font you want.

Once it is all together all you have to do is put it on your porch and count down to what is really important.  CANDY!


  1. Fun!!! I loved it when you first showed it....and still love it now!:)

  2. Laura, this is just fabulous!!! I am loving it.

  3. Hello Laura,
    I just hopped over to your blog from Desiree’s blog The 36th Avenue. I love your Halloween sign it is super cute and creative. Nice work!
    Smiles, Paula

  4. This is awesome! I hope you will link this project up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party!

  5. You have been crowned a La-Dee-Da Diva for this great project.
    Come see!!!

  6. Love it! I will be featuring your front door during STICKER time on Saturday.

  7. how cute is this!!! i'm definitely using this idea when my daughter gets a little older!! Pinning right now!! :)

  8. LOVE IT!!!! (I sang that part, could you tell?) :) What a cute idea. I don't have lots of trick or treaters at my house so I started thinking of what kind of sign could I make for Christmas?

    Thanks for Sharing


  9. Thank you SO much for this adorable project! I love your humor too and assumed you were joking about the painting skills (hehe-just kidding!) I thought you did a fabulous job ~ oh, and thanks for sharing the fonts! I do spend HOURS trying to find the right one :~) ~~ Lisa

  10. I marvel at your creativity. I wish I were a kid in your house! I don't think I have the wherewithall to do something like this, KUDOS to a fantastic, fun, Halloween house decoration!

    Saw you on tatertots.

  11. Wow! That is cool!

  12. I just featured your front door! STICKER for YOU!

  13. This is absolutely AWESOME!!! So creative and fun! I would love it if you could link this up to my party, The Creative Spark, tomorrow night. Pinning this!
    Jenn :)

  14. This is fabulous! Awesome job!

  15. This is really adorable!!! I love it and may try to make one next year.....

  16. I have to make one of these next year! :) This is so cute!

  17. Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark. I can't tell you how much I love this! I'll be featuring it later today at Clean and Scentsible. Have a wonderful Sunday!
    Jenn :)

  18. hey, I'm liking the wreath on the door..anyone know how to make that?

  19. This is such an awesome sign! I just love it! Just wanted to let you know that I am featuring this in a post tomorrow on Halloween porches – with link back of course! =)

  20. Thank you for the inspiration!! you are awesome! I just made one here is mine -

  21. love it! I just made mine today! thanks for the inspiration!!!

  22. I've got some boards in the garage screaming to be transformed into this project! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    Happy (almost) Fall!

  23. Did u use a white pain to dilute for the white wash. I love that way that color turned out. Thanks

  24. Awesome idea! Your until was missing the letter "L" before painting.