Easy Halloween Sign for Your Witchy Decor

Double, double toil and trouble… we all know that line, but how many of us really know the entire poem… or even where it’s from. It is the first line of the poem “Song of the Witches” by the bard we all know and either love or loathe, William Shakespeare. Good ol’ Will wrote this for Macbeth, and for those of us who love Halloween, it is a familiar utterance.

I took the liberty of shortening it quite a bit and picking six lines of the first verse for my sign but I am including the entire poem below so you can use it as you wish. It is in the public domain so you do not have to worry about it.


I found a fall sign I liked the shape of at Dollar Tree and decided to use that as the base for my sign. I loved that the shape is reminiscent of boards randomly nailed together and thought it was just perfect for the old tattered look I was going for. I flipped it over, cut off the twine hanger, and started painting the backside in gray acrylic paint. I only did one coat as I was going for the imperfect look anyway and did not need it to be exactly even.

Once that was dry I took my Antique Wax and a rag and using just a small amount I went all the way around the edges to make it look more aged. I then went across the plaque in all the places that the boards would come together.

Once the antique was applied I grabbed a ruler and a black sharpie. I drew straight lines across where the individual boards would have been separated, making the planks. I tried not to draw the lines too bold and dark so that it would not be apparent it is simply a marker, but I think it could have been drawn just a bit darker.

Now to move on to the chalk paints. I used Waverly Chalk Paint in Elephant (gray) and Ink (black) to dry brush some detail onto the boards. I used the Elephant first, but you could do it either way. I also think you could go back and use some of the antique wax at this point to add another layer of dimension.

Now it is time for the wording, which I cut out using my Silhouette Cameo 3. Once it completed cutting it was time for me to weed the vinyl and apply it to the plaque using a transfer sheet. First though, I cut the quote into individual lines so I could center each line individually on the plaque.

Once done with the wording I gook the wood ghost ornaments and filled in the hanging hole with a bit of wood filler. Once dry I lightly sanded it smooth and it was ready to paint. For this, I used Waverly Chalk paint in White. When the paint was dry I again grabbed the antique wax and used it to add some detail and dimension to the ghosts. At first it went on too heavily for me, but no problem, I just toned it down with my white paint. Didn’t they come out just so cute?

Once my adorable little ghosts were done it was time to attach them to the sign. I just hot glued them into place at an angle so they looked as if they were floating off the boards.

Lastly, it was time to make the hanger. I definitely did not want to use jute or twine for this and opted instead for some galvanized wire I had in my stash. I grabbed a dowel, also from my stash (which is, in fact, a very large room chock full of craft supplies waiting impatiently to be used.) and wrapped the wire around the dowel several times. When I felt I had enough wire I simply pulled it off of the dowel and carefully stretched it out a bit. I then brought the end of the wire through from the back of the plaque to the front and bent it to stay in place.

And there you have it. I love the way it came out and it is perfect for Halloween. It will sit by the ghost, witch, and lighted cauldron I will be creating next week. I can’t wait to put out this display for Halloween this year.

Song of the Witches
William Shakespeare
 From Macbeth, Act IV, Scene 1 

Round about the cauldron go:
In the poisoned entrails throw.
Toad, that under cold stone
Days and nights has thirty-one
Sweated venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and owlet’s wing.
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witch’s mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravin’d salt-sea shark,
Root of hemlock digg’d i’ the dark,
Liver of blaspheming Jew;
Gall of goat; and slips of yewSliver’d in the moon’s eclipse;
Nose of Turk, and Tartar’s lips;
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver’d by a drab,
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger’s chaudron,
For the ingredients of our cauldron.
Double, double toil and trouble,
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good. 

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