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I really wanted to decorate for Halloween this year, but wasn’t finding anything that I loved or absolutely had to have in the stores. I decided to make my own Disney themed Halloween decorations. I love how this Haunted Mansion sign turned out so much, I might just leave it up all year. My house does have a few more Disney decorations, so it does match the theme we have going on. Making this sign was so easy, I did it in 5 very simple steps. For this project you will need a piece of plywood, paint, paint brush, newspaper.
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I found this 6″ x 36″ piece of plywood at a local craft store for around $6.oo. I was going to just paint the board purple and then put vinyl letters on it, but I decided to do more of a stencil method as you will see below.
1. Line the counter for protection then begin painting.
Lay down your newspaper or something to set your board on while you paint it. I used parchment paper. I wanted my letters to be black and the rest of the board purple, so I started with black paint.
2. Put your vinyl letters on the board.
This was tricky for me. I definitely should have picked a different color of vinyl. It was hard to see the black on the black to make sure it was straight and centered. The vinyl doesn’t need to be anything fancy I had something like this lying around, and paid less than $10.00 for a lot of it.
3. Paint the letters black again.
I did NOT do this but I REALLY wish I did as I will explain later.
4. Paint the entire board whichever color you would like your top color.
For this project I wanted the board to be purple. In order to get this color I had to paint a layer of white over the black, and then top it with the purple.
5. Peel off the vinyl lettering.
You will want to do this while the paint is still kind of wet, this way you should get a clean crisp line instead of it pulling extra paint off. I happened to have this weeding tool from my shirt making days which worked perfectly. You can get one of these pretty cheap on Amazon.
6. Touch up if needed.
I had to go through and touch up a few places with a toothpick. This could have been avoided if I would have painted the base color/ bottom color over my vinyl letters before I painted the white and purple on it.
Ultimately I am so proud of how this turned out and I love it so much. I wish this final picture would do it justice, because it is seriously so perfect.
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