How to Make a Spooky Halloween Sign + Free Printable

I have been meaning to create a tutorial for this fun sign I made using our Spooky Halloween Printable Collection. I created the sign as a prop for a photo shoot that my sweet friend, Lindsay of Banner Boutique styled to  showcase her fabulous hair accessories. Today was perfect timing to create and share a full tutorial, as I am part of a group of fabulous bloggers sharing HALLOWEEN inspiration today! So, read on for full instructions on how to make this sign and then visit my fellow Holiday Headquarters bloggers Halloween posts linked below!

You will need:

  • 6" cake board {available at craft stores}

  • 1 sheet decorative paper for background {black polka dot}

  • 1 sheet decorative paper for accordion medallion {orange stripe}

  • 4" printable Spooky Halloween circles {FREE download this week!}

  • circle cutter/mat  {now available in our shop}

  • 7" or 8" cookie stick or dowel

  • ruler

  • bone folder

  • scissors/paper trimmer

  • tape and double-sided tape

  • glue gun

  • ribbon

{Step One} Use a circle cutter to cut 6" circle for background of sign. Attach with double-sided tape to the 6" cake board.

{Step Two} Use a circle cutter to cut our Printable 4" Party Circle design. I used the 4.25" setting to create a white border around the edge.

{Step Three} Cut a 5" x 12" strip of the orange paper. Use bone folder to create creases every .75". Fold paper accordion style. Cut in half to create two 2.5" strips.

{Step Four} Attach cookie stick to the base using regular tape.

{Step Five} Using hot glue, attach ends of the orange accordion strips to create a circle. Be sure your pattern is facing outward.

{Step Six} Generously apply hot glue to your base. Push the orange accordion fold down towards the center to create the medallion and attach to the base. {magical, right?} Add a dollop of hot glue to the back of your 4" party circle and layer on top!

{Step Seven} Add ribbon to make a bow! Voila!

For even more tips and ideas on Halloween entertaining, visit these other fabulous experts. I’m collaborating with these talented women to bring you our Holiday Headquarters blog hop over the next 3 months to share inspiration for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and ChristmasSee what these ladies have in store below, and follow us on Twitter using #HolidayHQ.  We’ll be hosting a live chat on Twitter this Thursday, the 13th at 8pm EST - join us!

Celebrations at Home | Dress Up Your Drinks for Halloween

Housewife Bliss | Planning the Perfect Halloween Party

The Gracious Girl | Halloween Parties Dos and TaBoos!

Second City Soiree | Host an Autumn Oyster Roast

With Style & Grace | Halloween Trash Mix

The Partybluprints Blog  | Get Corny This Halloween

Tatertots & Jello |  Halloween Tablescape

Home, Life & You Style | A Halloween Party in the Woods

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  1. Debra 10/10/2011

    LOVE this idea ...super cute! Thanks for sharing.

    • Kim 10/10/2011

      Thank you, Debra!

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  3. Dee 10/10/2011

    Love this tutorial! Added it to my site and linked back to you.

    Create Bliss,


    • Kim 10/10/2011

      Thank you for sharing, Dee!

  4. Tricia 10/10/2011

    Hi. I adore this! Thanks for posting it! But I printed the circles and the Beware is getting cut off slightly on the bottom. Anything I can do to change that? Just the bottom half of the circle doesn't get's not getting cut off by the paper, there is white paper left under the circle. But it is not printing the bottom OF the circle on the paper. Just the Beware circle. I hope this makes sense?

    • Kim 10/11/2011

      How strange! Let me look into it!

  5. DeAnnO 10/10/2011

    Everything on this site just looks SO yummy! And fun!

  6. Los Mol 10/11/2011

    Fantastic ¡¡¡ Thank you.

  7. Coryanne Ettiene 10/11/2011

    I loved the step by step instructions Kim, not just a printable but a sneak peak behind how much work goes into creating a beautiful sign. Thanks for sharing and for participating in the #HolidayHQ, Coryanne

    • Kim 10/12/2011

      Thank you, Coryanne!

  8. Jen @ SecondCitySoiree 10/11/2011

    I echo what Coryanne said...the step-by-step photos are so helpful for non-crafty types!

    • Kim 10/12/2011

      Thanks, Jen!

  9. Becky 10/12/2011

    what a cute idea! Love it!

  10. Dawn 10/12/2011


    What program can I use to try and make some of these wonderful printables? I have seen some neat scrap booking software, but I haven't seen anything that will run on my Mac. Any suggestions?

    • Kim 10/12/2011

      Hi Dawn,
      I use Microsoft Publisher for most of my designs, but it is not available for Mac.
      For Mac, you could use PhotoShop or Illustrator.
      Hope this helps!

  11. Dulce DeLeon 10/16/2011

    Great idea, very cute. Thanks for sharing

  12. Wendy 10/16/2011

    Thank you Kim for sharing the printables! They're so cute. Thinking of using them for my Chic Halloween theme Birthday party. I've got to get a circle cutter!

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  14. Molly 10/20/2011

    Thanks so much for the great ideas. i am making the banned for my grandsons birthday next week except i am spelling out his name,, after all it is Casper. lol. as in the friendly ghost. heehee

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  17. tyler 05/09/2012

    thats so cool

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