DIY Distressed Trick-or-Treat Sign

Transform a wood board and an old book into this charming Halloween decoration that looks great on your front porch.

November 25, 2019
Ghostly Trick-Or-Treat Sign With Halloween Decor

Ghostly Trick-Or-Treat Sign With Halloween Decor

This easy DIY trick-or-treat sign is sure to give Halloween visitors a fright with its distressed lettering and old book page background.

By: Ashley Hackshaw

Materials Needed:

  • rectangle board
  • Liquitex Matte Medium
  • loose pages of a book (black and white)
  • paintbrush
  • thumbtacks

Decoupage Board

Start with an old board. Layer the pages from an old book on the board and brush each one with a thin layer of Liquitex Matte Medium, which will act as glue. Continue to add the pages to make an interesting background, creating a collage.

Prepare Stencils

Paint a layer of clear Gesso to make the background more absorbent, which will help with the transfer. Then print photocopies for transfer. The image must be printed on a copy machine or laser printer because the transfer only works with dry toner (i.e., not inkjet ink).

Complete Citra Solv Transfer

Use a few thumbtacks to hold the photocopies in place on the board. Then apply Citra Solv to the back. Make sure to only work on a few letters at a time so the Citra Solv won't evaporate too quickly. Once you have put the Citra Solv on all the letters, slowly pull back the stencil.

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