Make your own Witch Brooms and Halloween Signs

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I shared our Halloween porch yesterday and wanted to give a little more info on the details. One of my favorite’s is our totally free to make broomsticks!

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We went hiking as a family to find two big sticks and several smaller sticks. I gave each the boys a bucket for collecting and they loved it! When we got home I just bundled the little sticks around the big one and then wrapped it with rope or twine.

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It was easy, and  free! My favorite kind of project! I also made a broom parking sign to go with it.

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I’m going to show you how to make the broom sign as well as our Dead and Breakfast sign. I am also making the cutting files available to you if you want to make your own!

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Both signs were made with materials I had on hand. I grabbed 1×6  boards that were leftover from another project and cut them to size. Then using Gorilla wood glue I glued the boards edge together. You can also see that after pushing the boards together I ran a little bead of glue along the top in the groove.

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After it dried I stained one of my boards with a dark walnut stain. The other I spray painted flat black.

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I let them dry for 24 hours before the next step. I wanted to work inside so I put my drop cloth on my table and then placed my boards on the table. With my black board I knew I was going to need to paint the edges so I placed a small piece of 2×4 under it so I could get the edges.

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I used my vinyl two different ways.  The first one I weeded the vinyl so that the words were left.

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Then I used the transfer paper to place the words straight onto my board.

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I made sure the letters were stuck down really good and then brushed my gray paint over the top. I didn’t do the coat really smooth I wanted it to be distressed and I didn’t want to sand it later. I used more of a dry brush technique. Once it was dry I was able to pull my vinyl off and the gray paint came off on the vinyl leaving the black showing through.

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Since I stained the other board I did the vinyl the opposite way here. I pulled all the letters off first, then used the transfer paper to put the background onto my board. I pulled the transfer paper off and then was able to paint inside the vinyl to make my letters white.

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The easiest way to do this is to dab down with a sponge brush. Don’t use sideways strokes or it wont look as clean when you pull the vinyl off.

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I love the different looks you can make using vinyl as your base for  good lettering.

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You can download the silhouette files, but if you want the wording to look the same you will first have to download these fonts:

If you don’t know how to download fonts, this post will walk you through it step by step.

Here are the cutting files. I would definitely make our name bigger next time. If you are making your own you will just type your name in where ours is.

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Lisa

Previous author of Over the Big Moon. I shared my passion for home and family life! I love graphic design, DIY projects, cooking, and working in my garden! My favorite role is taking care of my husband and our 3 amazing and busy boys!

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