Hi there, CSI Project readers!  
 
I’m Jill and I have a little blog called Create.Craft.LoveCreate.Craft.Love. focuses on crafting and DIY.  Occasionally, I will throw in a recipe but I am not much of a cook.  
 
I am so excited that Dee asked me here to show off my Handpainted Halloween Entry Sign!

 

handmade halloween entry sign

I really loved the black and white Halloween theme I went with this year.  My inspiration was “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe.  {Check out my front porch and wreath!}  But it needed something a little more.  So I added “The Broom Stops Here” entry sign!
 
Here’s what you need:
Unfinished wood craft sign
Acrylic paint
Vinyl and Silhouette Cameo
Vasoline
Sandpaper
Ribbon
 

 
I painted the wood sign in an antique white to match my pumpkins on the porch.  
I found these cute images in the Silhouette library.  {“The Broom Stops Here” by Loni Stevens #13194 and the Harry Potter broom #26618}
 
The sign measures 12 inches across and 9 inches at its peak.  The edge of the scallop are about 6 inches high.  Once I measured the sign, I expanded the image to the appropriate size and added the broom at the top.  I rotated the broom 10 degrees to get it straighter.  

Load your vinyl and cut the image.
Remove the excess vinyl.  Using the transfer paper, transfer the image to your sign.

handmade halloween entry sign

Use your scraper to make sure the vinyl has firmly adhered to the sign.  Slowly, remove the transfer paper.

handmade halloween entry sign

I wanted the sign to looked distressed and antiqued.  I used a technique that I used on my Antique Window Raven Decoration.  Apply a small amount of vaseline to the areas you want to distress.

handmade halloween entry sign

Then coat with black paint.
 

handmade halloween entry sign

 
Once the paint is dry, you can remove the vinyl letters and broom image.
 

handmade halloween entry sign

Using your sandpaper, lightly rub the areas where you applied the vasoline.
Since I wanted the sign to look old and distressed, I was ok that some of the black bled into the letters.

handmade halloween entry sign

 

handmade halloween entry sign

 

handmade halloween entry sign

 

handmade halloween entry sign

Thanks so much to Dee and the CSI Project readers for allowing me to share a little bit of my crafty Halloween with you today!   If you liked what you saw here, I would love for you to stop by Create.Craft.Love!  You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!
Happy Halloween!

Jill