Tuesday, September 24, 2013

DIY Halloween BOO Sign

One thing is for sure, Military Spouses have amazing friends in other Military Spouses....that can last over thousands of miles and years of time!!!  

Today I would like to feature a Guest Post from a dear friend from Army flight school.  Our husbands attended together over 20+ years ago and the bonds we make stand the test of time!  

Mardonna makes adorable craft projects that I am always admiring, and when she posted a photo of this one to her personal FB page the other day, I just knew you guys would LOVE to see it too.  How cute is this?  I was SO excited when she agreed to send me her instructions and some photos of how she did it to share with you guys.  

Mardonna is a mother of five,  an Army military spouse for 26 of her husband's 27  years of service, and proud mom of a son who served in the Armed Services as well. She is a stay at home mom, supporting her family through managing a busy household, volunteering at her childrens' schools and cheering at their various sporting events. She loves decorating, crafting, and scrapbooking when she can find the time.

(Instructions and all photos for this page are from Guest Poster: Mardonna...)

When it is Fall and I just love to work with burlap! Here are some directions for making an adorable burlap "BOO" sign to display during the Halloween season.

Materials Needed:
3- photo display tabletop frame (mat included)
2- 12 x 12 inch or 8.5 x 11 sheets of burlap (1 solid brown, 1 with a print)
Coordinating Ribbon
Jute twine
Tombow type scrapbooking tape adhesive
Glue dots
Brads and Bling
Ink Jet printer


1. I purchased a 9 x 16 inch frame with a 3 photo display mat included. Each mat opening measures 4 x 6 inches.  Choose any size opening you prefer.

2. Use a computer and program of choice to find font letters to spell out the word "BOO" in all capitals and in black. I used Microsoft Home Publishing and the font "Gigi" to make my "BOO" look spooky. Font size used for this project is 350 (about 3.25 x 2.75 inch letters).  Adjust your font to fit smaller than your mat opening allowing for the background burlap to show.  I also used a horizontal layout setting for printing.  When you have your letters placed, be sure to test on plain printer paper before you print on burlap in next step.

3.  I chose 2 sheets of 12 x12 (or 8.5 x 11 inch) burlap found at local craft store in the special scrapbook paper isle. Choose one sheet plain brown and one sheet coordinating print.  Take the plain burlap and trim to 8.5 x 11 inches and adhere with scrapbooking adhesive to a same size piece of cardstock. This will allow it to be able to run through printer. Run sheet through printer at a high quality setting.

4.  After printing, leave burlap adhered to cardstock for easier cutting. Trim letters to fit into center of each photo mat. Remove cardstock backing. Pull one thread of burlap off of each letter edge to give it a more textured look.
Cut printed burlap to the size of the full glass opening. Adhere to black or white cardstock using scrapbooking tape adhesive that is cut the same size as the glass opening.

5. Place the mat onto the printed burlap to use as a guide to center the burlap letters. Trim letters if needed. Place glue dots onto the back at each corner and center of the letters. Center each letter onto the printed burlap and press down to adhere while spelling out the word "BOO".

6.Carefully lift burlap and mat together and place into frame. Adjust alignment if needed. Replace the back of the frame making sure stand is facing correct direction. Lock closures.

7. Take jute twine and wrap around "B" end of frame 3-4 times. Cut and tie a knot. Cut a piece of coordinating ribbon and tie once around twine with pretty side of knot out. Using scissors, trim a decorative "V" edge on ribbon. Add an optional piece of burlap ribbon using leftover scraps by sliding it through back of knot.

8. Embellish ribbon by adding a large brad or button. I layered a 1 inch brad with a lacy flower brad and topped it with a orange and black harlequin print gem. Use any Halloween color of choice. I used glue dots to adhere each layer together. Once layered, poke brad prongs through ribbon and flatten prongs on other side.

Display your adorable "BOO" and burlap sign in your favorite spot for all to enjoy!

A special thank you to Mardonna for sharing this amazingly cute craft with us.  So many great ideas that you could do with this.   Thanks for sharing!

Here are a few other FUN Halloween crafts you also might like.

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  1. Pam,I just love look at your thing's at all Holiday's & other day's all so Don't know how keep up making the great projects you do,thank's have a great week ,Cookie17

  2. Thanks so much for sharing at the Krafty Inspiration Thursday party. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week, the party is live at 6 am est.
    Happy Thursday
    Maria @ Krafty Cards etc.

  3. Beautiful Sign! And wonderful tutorial on creating it as well, great job!

  4. Pam, thank you so much for sharing this awesome sign at A Bouquet of Talent! You had the top view for the week. I will be featuring it at the party tonight! Hope you are having a great weekend. :)

    1. Thanks Kathy...I'm so excited. I'll go check it out later tonight.
      Pam :)