- 5-6 pieces of assorted scrap wood, 12-18" (look for a variety, such as a piece of 2" x 4", a slat from a wine box, a piece of flat bark, etc.)
- Assortment of paint, wood stain, coffee
- Black marker or paint and thin brush
- Bottle gourd
- Tree limb or trunk, about 7' tall and 3" diameter (or you can use a 2" x 4", 7' long)
- Dowel, 1/4-1/2" diameter and 10" long
- Fake crow or raven and wire (optional)
1. Select several pieces of wood to distress, and leave others as is. Use paint, spilled coffee or any means you choose to make them look unique and weathered.
2. Saw an end of one or two wood pieces into a pointed arrow shape.
3. Using a marker or paint, write spooky locations (e.g. Skull Cave, Goblintown, Bat Alley) on some pieces of wood, and warnings (Beware, Go Back) on others. Use a variety of handwriting styles so each sign looks different.
4. Nail signs to post, some straight, some crooked.
5. For skull, drill hole at top (narrow) part of a bottle gourd. Paint white. When dry, draw or paint a skull face in black.
6. Drill a hole a few inches deep into the top of the post.
7. Hammer post into ground about a foot.
TIP: Sawing end of the post to form a point makes it easier to push into the ground, but be sure to not to saw the end with the hole.
8. Gently hammer dowel into hole at top of post, so that 6"-8" sticks out. Place skull gourd over dowel.
9. Use wire to attach bird to a sign.