The 12 Days of Halloween-Part 5-Halloween Keep Out Sign

On the 5th Day of Halloween my true love said to meeee…5 Keep Out sign(s), 4 Jack O’ Lantern, 3 creepy spiders, 2 friendly ghosts…lots of candy in a bag-eeee!

Usually you want to invite your guests in to your house by hanging a “Welcome” sign on the front door.

But Halloween is about fun and scaring “trick or treaters”. So today, we are going to make a fun and spooky-licious “Keep Out” sign.

Materials for the keep out sign

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The first thing you are going to need is a base for your Keep Out sign. You can find a piece of dried out board like the one I chose.


Another option is cardboard, an old discarded cabinet door. Anything that can be a surface for a sign.

The idea is that the Keep Out sign looks kinda creepy. You can certainly use something cutesy if you like but I wanted to make something a little more rustic. So an old board it is!

Of course, no sign can exist without paint

I used acrylic paint because it holds really well in any weather once it’s dried. The coverage is also a lot better than most paints (here’s a good place to get a paint kit).

The next materials you will need are: a sharpie, chalk, brushes, tape and ribbon/yarn/rope to hang the sign. If you wish to give it an extra sparkle, you can use 3D fabric glitter paint (this is what I used).

Making the letters

Finally, you will need printed letters for your sign. I used the transfer method I applied on my Mexican menu project but you can free hand it or use a stencil. To make the letters in the computer you can use any word processing software.

Be sure to measure your base to see how big your letters will need to be. Pick a cool font with bold letters to make sure the wording will stand out. My sign was about 33 inches long. So I figured if my letters fit in two 8×11 sheets of paper the letters would be the right size.


After your print the letters, transfer them onto your base by scratching the back of the paper with chalk and then tracing the letters with a pencil. Be sure to use tape to hold the sheet of paper in place. That way you know the letters will also be in the right place.


Before you remove the tape, lift one corner of the paper to make sure your tracing is visible enough for you to see.

Painting The keep out sign

Paint the letters with the color(s) you selected. Then use the sharpie to trace the outlines. You will see the letters pop!


After the paint is dried you can use glitter paint matching the color of your letters.

This will give the sign that extra sparkle!

Reuse, Recycle

Now, remember our friendly ghost stamp from our Halloween table cloth project? Well, I decided to use the stamp again on the Keep Out sign. So I stamped one ghost on the top and one at the bottom of the sign.

I also added a couple of bats and a black cat. But you can add anything you want. You can even add a Jack O’ Lantern or a vampire!



The final touch is the ribbon/yarn/rope to hang the sign. You can drill a hole to add the rope to the sign. Or use a hot glue gun if you don’t have a drill around.

Kinda cool, huh? Hang it on the front door and get ready for some “trick or treating” fun!

Join me tomorrow for our next Halloween project!


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