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Halloween “Boo” Decoration

Cut this Halloween door decoration from a single board and paint it with the help of a downloadable pattern.

Stained wood front door decoration with Halloween “boo” sign.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Jigsaw with a fine-tooth blade
  • Drill and bit set
  • Tracing paper (optional)
  • Artist’s brushes
  • Pruning lopper


  • .4687 x 24 x 24 sanded plywood
  • 4 screw-eye hooks
  • S-hooks, pack of 4
  • Command plastic hooks, #524487 (optional)
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • 8 fl oz Rust-Oleum stain, American Walnut
  • Black Paint
  • Tree branch: minimum 1/2-in diameter x 2 ft long

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Project Resources


Step 1

Cut the plywood to about 22 inches long and 10-1/2 inches wide.

Good to Know

If you don’t have a suitable saw, ask a Lowe’s associate to cut the sign to size in the store.

Step 2

Using a jigsaw, cut irregular shapes on both ends for a jagged look.

Step 3

Sand the panel smooth and wipe clean. Then apply a coat of stain (American Walnut shown) to all of the surfaces and let dry overnight.

Step 4

Cut out and assemble the Boo Tracing Pattern. Center the pattern on the panel and trace the word “BOO.”

Good to Know

If you don’t have tracing paper, rub the edge of a pencil lead on the back of the pattern over the lines for a layer of graphite that will transfer as you trace.

Step 5

Using an artist’s brush, paint within the traced letters (Dark Kettle Black shown) and let dry.

Step 6

Drill 1/8-inch-diameter holes on the top edge of the sign 2-1/2 inches from the ends. Insert screw-eyes into the pilot holes.

Step 7

Trim a mostly straight tree branch 23 inches long. Apply two coats of black paint and let dry.

Step 8

Drill pilot holes in the branch the same distance apart as the pilot holes on the sign. Insert screw-eyes into the pilot holes on the branch.

Step 9

Use S-hooks in the hook-eyes to attach the sign to the branch. To hang the sign from a door, fasten two Command hooks to the door far enough apart to support the branch.