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Kid friendly Halloween Sign {Joann craft challenge!)


easy, and fun sign, using only foam and googly eyes! #Joann #spookyspaces #myclevernest

Halloween is almost here! This weekend I made a fun Trick or Treat sign to dress up my porch! I got invited to join Joann Fabric and Craft stores' Celebrate the Season campaign and took on the challenge of coming up with a #spookyspaces themed DIY. You can see more fun Halloween ideas at Joann's site, here, and tons of blogger created projects on Pinteret by searching #spookyspaces.

See what I came up with!
easy, and fun sign, using only foam and googly eyes! #Joann #spookyspaces #myclevernest

I put together a fun, not-too-spooky sign using foam, googly eyes, and foam core. That's all! Oh, and a Funkin. But more on that in a second. It cost about $15 to make, and helped that most Halloween stuff is 70% off right now at Joann's!

Supplies:

  • Foamies foam sheets (I used regular and the glitter kind). As many colors as you like!

easy, and fun sign, using only foam and googly eyes! #Joann #spookyspaces #myclevernest


  • Googly eyes
easy, and fun sign, using only foam and googly eyes! #Joann #spookyspaces #myclevernest


  • Foam core board, 3/16ths thick
easy, and fun sign, using only foam and googly eyes! #Joann #spookyspaces #myclevernest


  • 6" foam pumpkin (apparently called a Funkin!)
have you ever used a Funkin? oh my gosh, so easy, and looks like the real deal! #spookyspaces #myclevernest #halloween

Sphell It Owt
To get my letters for the sign, I played around in Word until I found a font that was fatty, and would be easy to cut out. I settled on Copper Black, in bold, size 500. It's also nice that it comes standard with Word. :)
Easy, and fast way to make a halloween sign for the porch #spookyspaces #myclevernest #halloween

Originally I tried cutting the letters out of the foam board, but my results were less than pristine. There was no way to get clean edges using my box cutter on the foam board!
Easy, and fast way to make a halloween sign for the porch #spookyspaces #myclevernest #halloween

So I switched to the foam sheets.  I printed out my letters and traced over them so I could see the outline from the other side. I flipped over the paper and imprinted it on the foam by punching small holes with my pencil all the way around. I did it in reverse so the "good" side wouldn't have any pencil lead marks on it. If you know how to flip letters in the computer and print them, that would be a better option! Technology, technology these days.
Easy, and fast way to make a halloween sign for inside or out #spookyspaces #myclevernest #halloween

When all the letters were cut out of the foam, I moved on to my Funkin. I got my $13 Funkin for just over $5, on clearance. I cut it in half using a big old serrated knife, and it worked like a charm!

hot glue some foam letters and a foam pumpkin to foam core. Instant halloween sign! and for cheap  #spookyspaces #myclevernest #halloween

I printed out the word "or" in Microsoft Himalaya, also a standard Word  font, size 500. I taped it onto my Funkin and marked the edges by punching it with my pencil, same technique as with the foam. I filled in the letters with a black sharpie.
hot glue some foam letters and a foam pumpkin to foam core. Instant halloween sign! and for cheap  #spookyspaces #myclevernest #halloween

I had planned to decorate each letter in a classic Halloween motif- slime, mummy, candy corn, witch, etc. I bought other stuff not pictured like plastic snakes, cheesecloth, and fake fur to glue onto the letters. I started with "slime", hot glue dripped onto the letter. It didn't go so well.
hot glue some foam letters and a foam pumpkin to foam core. Instant halloween sign! and for cheap  #spookyspaces #myclevernest #halloween

Bummer. I managed to melt and warp my foam letter. And it really did look spooky, but not in the planned out sort of way. I put it aside for the moment, not sure what to do, and moved on to  my "mummy". That one turned out pretty cute!
hot glue some foam letters and a foam pumpkin to foam core. Instant halloween sign! and for cheap  #spookyspaces #myclevernest #halloween

But after standing back and staring at my mangled "t" and mummy "r" for a couple seconds, and having the word "tortured" repeatedly come to mind, I decided to tweak things a bit. In my head the letters for my sign would have been much bigger, and better able to support more detailed stuff glued onto them. But since they were smaller, only about 4 inches tall, I needed a simpler approach. 

And one that didn't involve melting anything.

I used just my colored foam and googly eyes and non-melting amounts of hot glue (10 points if you will picture that letter saying, "I'm meeeeelting, meeeelting!" like the evil witch of the west), and made my characters like I had planned.
hot glue some foam letters and a foam pumpkin to foam core. Instant halloween sign! and for cheap  #spookyspaces #myclevernest #halloween

  Mummy, scarecrow, black cat, snake, ghost, wicked witch, Frankenstein... they're all there!
hot glue some foam letters and a foam pumpkin to foam core. Instant halloween sign! and for cheap  #spookyspaces #myclevernest #halloween

hot glue some foam letters and a foam pumpkin to foam core. Instant halloween sign! and for cheap  #spookyspaces #myclevernest #halloween

 I laid out my letters and pumpkin on the foam core board, and marked out two "signs" on the top and bottom, and a hidden brace in the middle for my pumpkin.
hot glue some foam letters and a foam pumpkin to foam core. Instant halloween sign! and for cheap  #spookyspaces #myclevernest #halloween

Here is my board, cut and painted with my faux wood treatment. :) Just two brown colors put on with a foam brush.
hot glue some foam letters and a foam pumpkin to foam core. Instant halloween sign! and for cheap  #spookyspaces #myclevernest #halloween

 I painted all the edges brown to hide some of the imperfections.
hot glue some foam letters and a foam pumpkin to foam core. Instant halloween sign! and for cheap  #spookyspaces #myclevernest #halloween

To hang it up outside, I poked a ribbon through both sides, long enough to hang from a nail on our porch.
graphic, bright colors Halloween sign Trick or Treat #spookyspaces #joanncrafts #myclevernest #porch

graphic, bright colors Halloween sign Trick or Treat #spookyspaces #joanncrafts #myclevernest #porch

graphic, bright colors Halloween sign from Clever Nest Trick or Treat #spookyspaces #joanncrafts #myclevernest #porch

Trick or treat sign from Clever Nest. so cute! #spookyspaces #myclevernest #halloween

Trick or treat! I was pleased it worked so well with my $5 fall wreath I got from Wal Mart a year ago, and real pumpkins from the grocery store. 
myclevernest fall wreath, from wal mart

myclevernest fall wreath, from wal mart

Be sure to check out other #spookyspaces on Pinterest! And an exclusive offer for Clever Nest readers, 50% a regular priced item at Joann's to print out or use online!
Thanks for reading! Are we fb friends yet? can we start today?? :)








This post is part of the Joann Fabric and Craft Stores "Celebrate the Season" campaign. I was compensated for this review, but all opinions are my own.
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