Halloween sign | “Double Double Toil and Trouble”

With Halloween coming up, I decided to make a “Double Double Toil and Trouble” sign.

Subway style Halloween sign with "Double Double Toil and Trouble" verse on it

Frame and sign blank

I started with a thrift store frame I had bought a few years back, thinking it was the perfect size (11 1/2 inches by 36 inches) for a subway sign. It was, but I never could decide what I wanted the sign to say, so the frame sat empty.

Until I decided to make it a Halloween sign. Once I had that in mind, the “Double Double Toil and Trouble” verse from Macbeth immediately popped into my head.

Empty black frame

Before I could paint the sign, I needed a sign blank.

Fortunately, my husband has lots of plywood laying around, so I just stole a piece from his stash (and sweet talked him into cutting it on his table saw for me).

Empty black frame with sign blank laying on top of it

Painting my Halloween sign

With the plywood trimmed to fit, I pulled out some black chalk paint I had on hand and started painting.

Black Americana Decor chalk paint

To get full coverage, I had to give the sign blank two coats of paint.

Painting the sign blank

Designing the sign

Then I drew up the design. I used InDesign, but there are so many great simple graphic design programs online these days (like Canva), it really doesn’t take any special skills or software to design a sign anymore.

The serif font I used is Copperplate, and the sans serif ones are all some version of Arial. The smiling skull and crossbones is a (really big) Wingding.

Double Double Toil and Trouble

After I had my design, I printed it out on my ink jet printer. It fit horizontally onto a letter sized piece of paper, but vertically it tiled onto five sheets.

Printout of "Double Double Toil and Trouble" Halloween sign

My printer added the vertical stripes all on its own. (👻 Oooh, spooky. 👻)

Printout of Halloween sign taped together

I lined all the pages up, overlapping the words that spilled from one page onto the next. Then I trimmed off the bottom edge of each page and Scotch taped the pieces together.

Transferring the design

In order to transfer the design, I rubbed chalk over the back of the paper.

Rubbing chalk on the back of the printout

Then I flipped the page back over, centered it over my sign blank and traced around the letters.

Tracing the letters with a pencil

When I had the letters all traced, I held my breath and started peeling the paper away to see if the design transferred.

Design transferred onto Halloween sign blank

It worked!

Except for a couple lines that I missed while tracing, the design transferred perfectly.

chalk outlines of skull and cross bones for Halloween sign

Time to paint!

Once I had my outlines made, I just painted inside the lines with some white acrylic paint.

filling in the skull and crossbones with white paint

I tried working from the outside in so I wouldn’t smear the chalk lines while painting.

filling in the letters on the Halloween sign with white paint

When I got to the line of dots, I dipped the other end of my brush into the paint and pressed the dots onto the board.

making a dotted line with paint on the back of a paint brush

The completed Halloween sign

When I finally had everything painted, I slid my picture back into the frame and called it done.

"Double Double Toil and Trouble" Halloween sign

Then I set the sign out on display on my front porch.

Black and white Halloween sign

I like it.

Black and white subway style Halloween sign

What do you think?

Black and white "Something Wicked This Way Comes" sign for Halloween

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