This past weekend, the local Humane Society that I volunteer with put on their annual “Barktoberfest” fundraiser. It is a fun animal friendly event that promotes adoption and no-kill shelters. They have contests, food and vendors. Many people dress their dogs up in Halloween costumes. It is such a fun time. I volunteered to make this colorful sign to depict where the different sections of the event were. Any time I can be crafty and play with animals is a good day in my book. Unfortunately, I didn’t really take pictures along the way of creation, but it is very simple.

I started with plain pallet boards. I sanded them down until they were smooth and used a table saw to make points at the end. I painted them Halloween colors with paint I got from the landfill. I then wrote the street names on with black paint.

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I definitely misspelled dachshund on my first attempt. Oops! I attached the signs to a landscape post that I painted black. After some last minute tweaking and changing the direction of a few boards, I was finished. Rather than making a stand for it, I just used a Christmas Tree stand. It worked like a charm.

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I had so much fun making this sign. I want to make one for my front yard for Christmas. If I do, I will be sure to blog about it.

Also, if you are thinking about finding something to do with your time, I highly recommend volunteering. The time I have spent with these animals and then watching them go to good homes has been so rewarding. I promise you will not regret it if you give it a try. Give back!

Here are a few fun pictures from the event:

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