Last year I saw this Dead and Breakfast sign post from Better Homes and Gardens and since then I knew I needed one. I absolutely fell in love with the idea – it goes perfect with my outdoor “abandoned mansion/cemetery” theme for Halloween. So I made my own, with a little tweaks of course.
As usual, this project may seem a bit intimidated when you’re just looking at the finished product, but anyone can make their own. The post itself is made out of an inexpensive mailbox post with some 2×6’s on the bottom for support.
Wooden mailbox post
4- S Hooks
8- Screw eyes
Black spray paint
White acrylic paint
Black acrylic paint
The first step is to support and balance the mailbox post with some scrap 2×6 boards. I cut a board into four pieces, one 24″ piece and three 18″ pieces. Once I did that, I screwed them to the bottom of the post in a plus sign or x-shape with some 4″ screws. I used the longer 24″ board on the opposite end from the part of the post where the mailbox sits, so that the weight of the longer board will help balance the weight.
Don’t mind our insanely gross back porch. That’s one project that keeps getting pushed back for other reasons.
Once I had the post standing on it’s own, I wanted to get rid of that diagonal piece of wood since it would get in the way of the hanging sign. It was just held on by four nails, so it wasn’t too terribly tricky. I just chipped away at the ends so I could reveal the nail heads and pull them out with a hammer.
I took this big thing out to our garage for a coat of black spray paint and then moved on to the hanging sign. I took a 4″ wide board and cut it down to four 18″ long pieces and then secured them together with two boards along the back. Then, I made a quick template to cut along the top end to add a little extra detail.
After sanding the raw edges, I needed to add hooks so that the sign could hang freely. I debated using chain, but S hooks and screw eyes worked great and let the sign hang at just the right height. I drilled two holes 8 3/4″ apart on the top of the sign, bottom of the sign, into the sign post, and then at the top of the bottom hanging “no vacancy” sign. Doing this makes screwing in the screw eyes so much easier.
Once I had all those screwed in and combined with S hooks, this is what the sign post was looking like…
Time for paint! I started by painting both signs white. Then I printed a template of my text, cut it out with an xacto knife, and then dabbed on the stencil with a foam brush. If you want a more detailed explanation of how I did this, check out my Market Fresh Sign where I used this exact same method.
Once the paint dried, I cleaned up the edges since stencils always end up a bit messy. I then free-hand painted the no vacancy sign since cutting stencils with an xacto knife is such a pain. I should just invest in a cricut machine already.
And then, hook all your pieces together, and that’s it! A beautifully, haunted sign that is a huge statement piece for any Halloween front yard.
I plan to place this in my front yard when it gets a little closer to Halloween – I don’t need my neighbors to know I’m decorating for Halloween when it’s still August haha. But for now, my living room set up is okay with me. I can’t wait to take better pictures when it’s outside with all my other decorations!
I’m definitely on a Halloween DIY spree… I’ve got soo many ideas that I can’t wait to get started on. Stay tuned for lots more spooky projects and some tasty treats! Follow me on Instagram or Facebook for sneak peaks into all my projects.
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