Pre-Opening Sign

I’ve always wanted to make a copy of the sign that announced the opening of the Haunted Mansion. This is one of those projects that I go to, work on for a day or so, then put it away. It is currently unfinished. Maybe someday I will revisit this one. Here is the original sign.

As with most of my projects, I scale them down for cost, assembly or where they will be located. This project was made just slightly smaller to hang in my office. I made this from plywood, and used black paint. (Not spray) I traced the graphic on the upper part of the sign using a projector and hand painted the skull and wings. I am not an artist but I was happy with the results.

I decided there was no way I was going to hand paint every letter on the sign so I decided to go the easy route. I borrowed one of those Silhouette vinyl letter cutting machines and attempted to cut the text out. The only issue was finding the correct font. The original sign was hand painted by Marc Davis, so there’s really no exact match out there as far as I know. I went with a font that I thought was close enough. I resized and adusted to fit between the wings of the skull graphic. After I peeled and stuck the letters on, I put a few coats of clear coat on the sign to keep everything in place. 

So here is where I am currently. I kind of gave up on this one for now. I think the whole font issue made me lose a little steam, but I still like the looks of it.

To complete this project I need to finish the lettering, paint the cobweb that covers most of the sign, and then give it a clear coat. I also may make the wrought iron light and stand, but that’s another project.