As Halloween approaches, what better way to welcome the spooky festivities than with a bewitching “Witch Parking Only” porch sign? In this DIY tutorial, I will show you step-by-step how to create a large Halloween porch sign.
Best of all, You can download the free template that I designed to make the process a breeze. So dust off your broomsticks and prepare to brew up some creative magic!!
Bewitch Your Halloween Porch with a DIY Witch Parking Sign
Fall is my favorite season to decorate my porch I think. Maybe it’s because I live in New England and Fall just seems so iconic here. But it’s such a fun time of the year! This year I’ve decided to have a little fun with my front porch and make it a Halloween witch theme.
Since I love to DIY everything I knew that I had to come up with a new fitting porch sign to use to decorate. So I created my own design and you will be able to download that template and use it to make your own porch sign too!
For this DIY sign project, I have included 2 different sized templates. A 16 x 36in and also a 24 x 36 in. depending on the space you have on your porch to hang a sign.
The easiest thing to do is buy a precut project panel. Lowe’s has both of the sizes that I designed templates for.
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- Wood Project Panel 24 x 36 (Lowe’s) with the
- 24 x 36 Witch Parking Template
- Wood Project Panel 16 x 36 (Lowe’s) with the
- 16 x 36 Witch Parking Template
- Piece of Chalk
- Moss Green Chalk Paint
- White Paint
- Black Sharpie
- Black Acrylic Paint or Acrylic Paint Pen
- Fine Grit Sandpaper
Witch Parking Halloween Porch Sign Tutorial
Here is the step-by-step tutorial to make the witch parking only sign along with all of my tips for making it a smooth and easy process.
Witch Parking Only Template Download
The first thing you need to do is download the template to make your sign. I had mine printed as a blueprint at Staples and it was only a few dollars. 24 x 36 is one of the sizes of paper available so it would work for both sizes of the templates.
If you do choose the 16 x 36 in size you will just have to center the template onto your board and trim off the excess paper before tracing.
I’m sure other printing centers have similar sized options available but I only have a Staples in my area…I mean I only have 7,000 people in my town!
Painting the Board
If you are using a project panel like I am (it was $20) then it is already in good shape and doesn’t need to be sanded. If you cut your own board for this sign then just sand any rough areas smooth before you start painting.
To create a witchy vibe I am going to do a green & black sign. White & black or even orange & black color combinations would all look fabulous too. Just keep in mind you want to use contrasting colors so you can read the sign easily.
I’m using a moss green chalk paint as the base color. Either chalk or acrylic craft paint will work for this project. I like the Waverly chalk paints that are sold at Walmart. Not only do they work great they are inexpensive.
Let it dry completely before moving on to the template!!
Tranferring the Template
This is a two-part step: First, you will need to cover the back of the template in chalk and then we will be tracing onto the board.
Chalk The Back
Here is where the chalk comes into play! Flip the template over and take a piece of black chalk (if you are using black paint for the lettering) or white chalk if you are doing your lettering in white paint.
Cover the entire surface with chalk, this is going to be how we transfer the template onto the board…kinda like old-fashioned carbon paper.
Place Template On Board
Flip the template over and place it on the board, making sure that it is centered. Put a little tape in the corners to keep it in place.
Trace The Template
For this step, it’s best to use a ballpoint pen. Trace the letters with the pen, since the lettering is a bit intricate I did fill in all of the letters for the top part of the sign, Witch Parking Only.
For the broom and the bottom row of letters, I just traced the outlines.
The chalk I scribbled over the back will transfer from the pressure of the pen making an outline onto the board that I can then paint.
Painting the Words on the Witchy Halloween Sign
Now for painting the lettering and witch broom onto the sign. There are a couple of different techniques for doing this: paint and paintbrush or paint markers.
I didn’t have any paint markers but I had a ton of black paint so I handpainted the sign. Now, this step is completely optional but you could also use a Sharpie to outline the lettering before you paint
The good thing about the font I used is that it was slightly squiggly so if you paint outside of the lines it looks fine!!
A small angled craft paintbrush worked great for the script lettering, the broom, and the block letters.
Once I had the template painted I finished the sign with a white paint detail around the edges. Using a wide flat craft paintbrush and white acrylic paint.
After the paint was completely dried, I took a piece of fine grit sandpaper and went over the entire sign to give it a slightly distressed, aged look.
To make your sign better protected against the elements you can use a clear top coat, my sign is protected on a covered porch so I didn’t do this step.
Finished Witchy Halloween Porch Sign
To hang this sign I added 2 large D-ring hangers on the back top corners, this is a large sign and needs more than just center hardware. I did tie a piece of nautical rope to the D-rings on the back to make a rope hanger for the sign so I could use an existing hook that I have on my house.
To finish my Halloween witchy look on my front porch I draped some of the black cobwebs from Dollar Tree over the top.
You can see my little pressed flower pumpkins on the table, another fun DIY project for Fall.
Not only is DIYing fun but it’s also a budget-friendly way to decorate for Fall. A large wooden sign like this would cost so much more if you bought it already made from a shop.