Make a Distressed Trick or Treat Sign (A Tutorial)

a distressed halloween sign diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Another Citrasolv project! Using an wood board, some old book pages and a photocopy Boo and I made an easy distressed Halloween “Trick or Treat” sign to add to our decor. I’ve attached my PDF template that you can print off at the bottom if you like….the image is already reversed and ready for transfer!

 

a distressed trick or treat halloween sign diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

(more after the jump)

First we started with an old board:

 

a distressed halloween sign diy tutorial (process 1) via lilblueboo.com

Using some Liquitex Matte Medium as glue I collaged old book pages to the board to make an interesting background:

 

a distressed halloween sign diy tutorial (process 2) via lilblueboo.com

The finished collage:

 

a distressed halloween sign diy tutorial (process 3) via lilblueboo.com

I painted a layer of Clear Gesso to make the background more absorbent to help with the transfer:

 

a distressed halloween sign diy tutorial (process 4) via lilblueboo.com

My photocopy ready to transfer (please read my full tutorial here on what type of photocopy of printout you need for a Citrasolv transfer):

 

 

a distressed halloween sign diy tutorial (process 5) via lilblueboo.com

I used a few thumbtacks to hold my photocopies in place:

 

a distressed halloween sign diy tutorial (process 6) via lilblueboo.com

Then I applied the Citrasolv to the back:

 

a distressed halloween sign diy tutorial (process 7) via lilblueboo.com

…and used the handle of a pair of scissors to rub the back to transfer the image to the background:

 

a distressed halloween sign diy tutorial (process 8) via lilblueboo.com

I did a few letters at a time so the Citrasolv wouldn’t evaporate too quickly:

 

a distressed halloween sign diy tutorial (process 9) via lilblueboo.com

Distressed and spooky!

 

a distressed halloween sign diy tutorial (process 10) via lilblueboo.com

The finished sign:

 

a distressed halloween sign diy tutorial (process 11) via lilblueboo.com

 

a distressed halloween sign diy tutorial (process 12) via lilblueboo.com

 

Download the template here:

 

a distressed halloween sign diy tutorial and free download via lilblueboo.com

 

 

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  1. 1

    I just gasped. I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it!!!!!!

  2. 2

    Such a cute idea!

  3. 3
    Evelene Sterling says:

    What a great idea! I love reading your blog.

  4. 4

    That’s really neat! I’d never heard of Citrosolv before – I’m going to get some – many thanks!

  5. 5

    I love Halloween! Thanks for sharing this easy project, got to get some Citrosolv.

  6. 6

    Cute Idea

  7. 7

    i really want to make one of these signs! could you give a little guidance? how big was your board? also, could i use mod podge instead of liquitex matte medium or do i need to use the liquitex to have a great result? i am super excited!!! thanks for having such great ideas!

  8. 8

    This is so cool. I would like to make one, but I am stuck on what size board to get. Help!!

  9. 9

    Love this, you can also use phone book pages or newspaper and print the images or words right on your printer, works like a dream

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