The past few days I’ve been busy crafting and creating projects for one of my favorite holidays, Halloween! Every year around this time I start thinking of what I want our theme to be for our front porch and for our annual Halloween party. Ever since I saw the Better Homes & Garden issue featuring the Dead and Breakfast Inn, I knew I wanted to recreate it some day. Well, this is the year we are bringing the Leeson’s Dead & Breakfast Inn to life! First things first, we need a DIY Dead & Breakfast Inn Sign to welcome guest to our haunted inn.
Inspiration for this sign can be found all over the internet, but what I didn’t find was a tutorial that broke down how to recreate the sign so I thought I would share our step-by-step process for making our own DIY Dead & Breakfast Inn Sign. Although, I hadn’t planned on creating a tutorial for this so I didn’t take any before pictures, oops.
What You Will Need:
- Decorative Mailbox Post (I found mine at Lowe’s for $12)
- 15″ Black Plant Hanger
- Steel Chain
- White Paint
- Black Outdoor Vinyl
- Transfer Tape
- Cutting Machine
I bought a wood mailbox post from Lowe’s for $12 and painted it white. The mailbox post has an extend part that is slightly longer than the base so you can drive it into the ground, if you plan to put the sign in your yard you can leave it as is. I wanted my sign to be up on the sidewalk closer to our porch so I cut that part off and cut a piece of plywood to create a base and screwed it into the bottom of the pole.
While the paint was drying on the pole I started working on my sign. I sketched out the shape of my sign on a think piece of wood. I used a jigsaw to cut the sign out and then painted it white.
I created the Dead & Breakfast Inn sign with my Cricut and once the paint was dry I added the black outdoor vinyl to the front of the sign. I personalized our sign with our family name and the year we were married. I created a generic version that can be downloaded and cut with your cutting machine. I also made a smaller “vacancy” sign to hang from the bottom of the larger sign.
I drilled holes in each of the corners and added a couple links of the steel chain to hang the signs from.
Attach the plant hanger to the top part of your mailbox post and hang your sign.
I love how quick, easy and inexpensive this project was. I spent around $25 dollars to make my personalized DIY Dead and Breakfast Inn sign and I love how it turned out. Who knows, I may just leave it out in the yard all year long!