*Thank you again to JoAnn Fabric and Craft for allowing me to be a part of the Holiday Campaign and #SpookySpaces
When I found out I was going to be a part of the JoAnn Fabric and Craft #spookyspaces campaign I was super excited! I have made a few Halloween projects, but nothing for the front door….yet! I began thinking about what I could make, and as my mind wandered, I decided on a fun Halloween sign to welcome all of the Trick or Treat guests at the end of the month.
To begin this project, you will need a few items. I had a couple of things on hand I was dying to use, and the rest was found at JoAnn.
- 8′ x 10″ long board (on hand from benches I built over the summer)
- white primer (on hand from the desk build)
- Crackle Medium (weather crackle effect)
- Black Acrylic craft paint
- 3 Foam Sponge brushes (large)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Halloween hanging sign
- 1 package foam ghosts
- 1 Skeleton Yard Art
To begin this Halloween Door Decor, I grabbed my board and sanded away any rough spots on the front. While I have been waiting for the right time to use this board, I have also used it as a saw horse table for other projects, so there were a few dents and dings I needed to work out.
After sanding the board, I then put a coat of white primer on the board. While I did sand with the grain, I painted against the grain. (I am not sure if this matters, but my crackle effect turned out so awesome I want to tell you every step for exactly how I created this.) Once the board was primed, I allowed it to dry over night.
The next afternoon, after 24 hours of drying, I then grabbed a large foam brush and the crackle medium to start up again. For this project, I took the next part in one foot sections. I squirted a thick layer of medium onto one foot of the board. I then took my large sponge brush and with as few strokes as I could manage, made sure to cover the entire foot with the clear medium. I did each section the same as before, until I completed the entire board. I then let the board dry overnight.
The next day, 24 hours later, I grabbed another thick foam brush and my black acrylic paint. For this step, you are going to also break up the board into sections, about 4 inches each. I made sure to get a large amount of black paint on my brush, and with one to no more than two strokes, made sure to cover that entire 4 inch space. It’s very important not to use more than a couple of strokes or you will not get the crackle effect the way I have it here. If you use more strokes, your crackle will be finer and thinner. Using fewer strokes will allow the crackle to become large and pronounced.
Once I had the entire board finished, I let dry overnight, and again did not touch the board for 24 hours. The effect starts to take effect immediately, but will be even more pronounced after 24 hours. I would walk outside every few hours and be amazed at the transformation of the project. It’s a really cool process…and one I am sure to be using for a lot of future projects!
After my board was completely dry, I grabbed my Halloween sign and cut the ribbon that held it together like a banner. I wanted this sign to be up and down on the board, and at different angles to give it a spooky effect.
Once I had my sign taken apart, I then spaced them out on the board as I would like to have them.
Once I found the right separation and angles for the letters, I then grabbed the hot glue gun and placed a generous amount of hot glue on each piece.
After I attached the letter, I added the ghosts, and took a step back to admire my work so far.
It looked great, but I wanted to add a little more, so I grabbed the Skeleton for the yard and attached it to the back of the sign.
I took three nails and hammered them in slightly, and then bent them to make them anchor the skeleton and stay in place. That was the last thing to do, besides move it to the front and show it off at the door!
I hope you like this Halloween door decor project, and can’t wait to see what #spookyspaces you will be creating for this upcoming season!
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