Chalkboard Sign Pole

Happy $30 Thursday to ya!

In case you’re new here, the first Thursday of each month April from House By Hoff, Jen from Migonis Home and I get together to make creative projects $30 and under.

$30 Thursday | The Wood Grain Cottage

And this month we made it dedicated to Halloween.

Here’s what I came up with:

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

Goodness. I’m blow away by it!

AND it’s super simple to make! Here’s how:

I searched high and low at my parent’s farm for a 4″x4″ board. I knew I’d find one somewhere. It’s been treated and it’s aged/ distressed naturally.

I had Anthony cut it in half, so it ended up being 6 foot tall.

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

On my hunt for the 4″x4″, I ran into a pile of my dad’s old tractor disk blades. I loaded that in the back of the truck too… It’s the perfect base for the stand!

Anthony grinded down the top and added a few holes. The center square was already there.

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then  we screwed the bottom of the pole into the base…

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

Anthony started cutting down leftover fence picket pieces (from other projects, like this,this and this). Those fence pickets… they’re handy!

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

We cut two different sizes for the length, 12 inches and 14 inches. Anthony used his saw to cut the arrows on the ends…

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once they were all cut, I got busy sanding them smooth…

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

To give them a little bit of visual weight, we added a 2″x2″ to each side and clamped everything together.

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then Anthony nailed it together…

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once they were put together, we played around with the spacing and clamped them to the post…

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then we attached them with a few screws…

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once all 4 were attached, we were left with this:

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

I taped off the top…

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then I filled the holes…

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

And then painted it with several coats of chalkboard paint…

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

While the chalkboard paint dried, I taped off the bottom of the 4″x4″…

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

And sprayed it with a can of black spray paint in satin finish.

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

After everything had dried, I seasoned the chalkboard arrows with chalk and then got busy with my chalkboard pen.

I’m not by any means a great chalkboard artist, but I definitely had fun marking up the arrows…

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

I’m basically overwhelmed with the outcome…

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

And our corn field was the perfect backdrop. Everything is looking very fallish around here and the corn field is no exception!

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

Look out, because you might end up on one of these scary paths…

BOO ST.!

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

SLEEPY HOLLOW WAY!

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

SPOOKY BLVD.!

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

Or…

FRANKENSTEIN ROAD!

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

Yikes!

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

Don’t go gettin’ scared on me…

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

BOO!

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

But when it’s not hanging out in our cornfield…

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

You can find it on our front porch…

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

…Scaring each visitor that comes our way…

scaring each visitor that comes our way...

…Until they run into the house for safety….

scaring each visitor that comes our way...

We’re big on spookiness around here…. Not really…. I’m too big of a chicken!

This is as spooky as I get…

Chalkboard Sign Pole by The Wood Grain Cottage

BOO!

Here’s a sneak peak at what April and Jen came up with:

April made this lovely pumpkin sign… and shows you how you can make one too!

U Pick Pumpkin Sign by House by Hoff

And Jen left me droooling with these Salted Chocolate Caramel Apples… I’m still waiting for mine to show up in the mailbox!

Salted Caramel Apples by Migonis Home

And now, let’s see how many of you like a spooooky Halloween and how many of you are sissified like me… GO!

BOO! Got ya!

Shayna | The Wood Grain Cottage

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Lovely comments so far...

  1. This is amazing! I love your projects. I’m sharing this on my FB page this morning ;)
    Hugs,
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

    • THANK YOU so very much, Jamie! You always make me smile! :-D
      -Shayna

    • I love love love this website! It’s way better than the DIY CRAFT PROJECTS site, the step by step instructions with all the great detailed and clear pictures make this project one that I really want to try :)

      Thank you Shayna for your amazing site! I’m definitely a follower now and soon to be subscriber! :))

      • THANK YOU so much, Barb! I’m so happy you’re enjoying the tutorials! I try to be as clear and precise as possible! :-D
        So happy you found me! Welcome to The WGC! :-D
        -Shayna

  2. Shayna,
    LOVE LOVE LOVE this project! And further, your pictures are always so wonderful! How you find the time for everything is beyond me. Does your husband mind you snapping all those photos of him LOL? Everytime I try to take pictures of my hubs (for a DIY project that never actually makes it to my blog, haha!) he’s like, come on honey, must you take pictures of everything?? Deep down he secretly loves it ((or so I like to think). I’m posting this one to my FB page too!

    • AWE! Stephanie! THANK YOU so very much! AND THANK YOU for the sweet compliment on the pictures… means a lot! :-D
      At first Anthony complained about me taking pictures of him, but he’s use to it now. He doesn’t even say a word, I just snap away! The other day he did say that he figured everyone was sick of seeing him. I told him “NO Way”! :-D
      Hugs!
      -Shayna

      • NO Way is right! It’s so nice to see how willing he is, and you two make a great team. I saw your post the other day where you had answered all of the questions from the readers where you talked about having to beg Anthony sometimes to do a project (then he ends up doing it–what our hubbies won’t do for us, right?) so I had to ask how he felt about being photographed LOL. Anyways, I just love your projects and have a Happy Friday!

        Hugs right back atcha!
        Stephanie

  3. I’m coming over 2 share those babies, when they arrive! Lol;) Love the signs…super sweet!!!
    Enjoy your day, beautiful! Blessings & <3
    M

    • THANK YOU so much, M! I can’t wait for them to arrive… Jen probably sent them by now! ;-D
      Happy (almost) Friday!
      -Shayna

  4. Christine King says:

    That sign is just the cutest Shayna…very clever, and perfect for your place! Now I need a cornfield to go with that shed my hubby needs to build out back!
    You can change the sign to Christmas streets in December, but I’m sure you’ve already thought of that! Hugs!

    • THANK YOU so very much, Christine! I am so excited about changing up the arrows! Yay! :-D
      Tell your hubby I said you NEED a cornfield and shed! :-D
      Hugs back at ya!
      -Shayna

  5. What a neat idea! There is so much you can do for this for each holiday. Very cool!

    Leigh @ fun2funky.blogspot.com

  6. LOVE the sign Shayna! what a great idea to built it, you can use it after Halloween for other fun holidays too! & you know how much I love those chalkboard projects! you are so lucky hubby did all this work for you! :-)

    • THANK YOU so very much, Ingrid! I’m so looking forward to changing it up anytime inspiration strikes!
      I’m lucky to have my hubby! :-D
      -Shayna

  7. Wow this is so incredible Shayna! Pinned!

  8. I love this! How adorable and it can be changed up for any holiday or birthday or occasion! I love it!
    Susan

  9. That is so neat … I can see why you just love it.
    Great job.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  10. So super cute! How nice your hubby helps build these things.

  11. I love this idea!! I definitely need to have my husband help me make one of these! And maybe even one for Christmas! Thanks for sharing this fabulous craft idea!

  12. I love this Halloween Sign Post – such a great idea. I especially love that you used chalk paint so it can be changed up for the seasons. I must show Mr. Frugalista this one! Definitely a Pin It!

  13. Your sign pole looks great and I can see it being used for many occasions and seasons. I love that you both worked together on it. The old disc blade was a stroke of genius and the perfect base too.

    • THANK YOU so much, Elizabeth! I truly prefer to work on the majority of my projects with the hubby. It’s a great way for us to spend time together!
      I love the old disk blade too… It’s perfect and just held the pole up during a massive wind storm! Double bonus! :-D
      -Shayna

  14. Love this idea! I’d love if you’d link up to The DIY’ers. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/10/diyers-32-and-marathon-weekend.html

  15. What a cool idea – projects under $30!!! love it. thanks so much for linking up at The Humble Brag last week and hope to see you back tonight! sharing on FB today and featuring you tonight. :)

  16. How cool is that?!?! Just imagine all the possibilities of messages you can write on the arrows! So fun!

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