DIY Halloween Yard Signs

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We recently finished up a fun 2016 Halloween. My daughter, being 3.5 years old this time, had tons of fun. Part of the fun was the decoration. And rather than going out to the store to buy a ton of Halloween stuff to put up, I thought I would use my "creative" brain powers to come up with a fun project that she could help with. Home Depot has ready-made blank yard signs for like... $7 or so. I bought 2 of them. They're just blank corrugated plastic signs with some wire stakes. I figured I could draw up some monsters, cut them out, paint them and stick them by the front door. It worked out great and I thought I'd share the process.

Step 1

With a pencil I drew up my monster. Keep in mind where the wire stake has to insert into the plastic in order to work properly. I just drew feet around that spot.

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Step 2

Using an xacto knife, I carved around the edges of my drawing.

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Step 3

Next up, I drew over my drawing with a thick sharpie.

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Step 4

Now the fun part. I broke out all of my acrylic paints and gave my daughter a brush. Below is the result of her creative energies. PS, I did help with some of those close detailed spots...

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And the Final Results!

We ended up making a few monsters. One of them, she covered with glow-in-the-dark paint. Was a fun and easy little project. And I even figured out how to reuse these guys for Christmas! Just throw santa hats on them. Boom!

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