If I had to pick a favorite from my collection of Halloween decorations, this vintage Halloween witch would be at the top of the list! I made the bewitching plaque to display on an easel and also framed a larger version of the printable as shown below.
The inspiration for the project was my favorite vintage Halloween postcard. Halloween postcards were produced in smaller quantities than other holiday postcards, so they’re very collectible. Many of the cards have wonderful illustrations, like this charming Halloween witch postmarked 1915 by Frances Brundage. I purchased it years ago at an antique store and it really is one of my favorites! So I decided to use the vintage image in a new way for Halloween DIY projects.
The original postcard was scanned into Photoshop and converted to black line art. The type was removed so a bolder Halloween greeting could be included and I added a layer of a light coffee color and aging to the background. I also added a mat border combining a vintage newspaper page and a black stripe. The design fits an 8″ x 10″ frame and can be printed at the end of this post.
The calendar blocks displaying the numbers 31 for Halloween were made from the numeral printables from my DIY Calendar Cubes post. I printed them on tan paper stock and glued them to stained wood blocks using Mod Podge® as a glue and sealer.
This notecard is also available for printing and when cut out and and folded it fits in a 5.25″ x 7.25″ (A7) envelope. Envelopes are available in different colors at craft and office supply stores, and usually come with matching 8.5″ x 11″ card stock. Perfect for sending Halloween wishes!
The cover of the card can also be displayed in a 5″ x 7″ frame or cut out and used for a decoupage plaque like the one pictured here.
I purchased an unfinished 5.25″ x 7.25″ wood plaque at Michaels and painted the edges black. When the paint was dry I glued the print to the plaque with Mod Podge® matte. I added 2 thin coats as a sealer-following the directions on the bottle. Simple and inexpensive DIY for a bewitching Halloween!
The printables are for personal use only. Print quality will depend on your printer and laser printers will produce the best results in color and detail. Laser printers are available at FedEx Office centers, and your local copy centers and office supply stores.