Cthulhu Political Sign




In this instructable I will go into great detail describing how you can create a political advertisement similar to the one shown here in order to appease the Great Old One Cthulhu. Also, I find it strange that the spell check feature on this instructable website recognizes Cthulhu but doesn't recognize the word instructable.

Step 1: Collecting Materials to Appease the Great Old One.

The first step in any project, especially one that will attempt to appease an ancient evil God, is collecting the proper materials. So for this project you will need the following:

- A Political Sign: These are usually everywhere around October where I live. For mine, I "found" a sign that was placed in an area where signs are not supposed to be. I suppose you could also buy one online but, I didn't go that route because I figure the safe way would be frowned upon by Cthulhu.

- A can of spray paint similar to the color of the background of the letters you will be spray painting over.

- A roll of painter's tape.

- A white sharpie marker (I used the oil based kind)

- A pencil and sharpener

- A can of clear sealant

Total cost: Under 20 dollars unless you buy the sign in which case, no clue.

Step 2: Taping Off and Spray Painting the Sign

As you can see in this picture I have taped off every inch of the sign that I don't want to be covered in spray paint. For my sign I taped off the front and the back since the name was on both sides but if you are feeling lazy, you could probably get away with just taping off the front.

If your sign has any curved areas, or if you just want to make a curve, use a bunch of separate 2 to 3 inch pieces of tape. You'll see that while you're placing the tape down you can curve it ever so slightly. Also make sure that every piece is pressed down tight so that no paint leaks down. Because if there is one thing Cthulhu despises, it is messy paintwork.

Once everything is taped off, hang the sign somewhere, open up your can of appropriately colored spray paint and paint it. Make sure to use a bunch of light blasts from at least ten inches away. The first coat more than likely will not cover the white letters. This is to be expected. I think I gave mine three coats on each side before I was satisfied that nothing would show through and waited probably an hour between each coat.

Step 3: Measure Measure Measure

Once the paint has dried you are ready to draw in the letters. Note: In the picture you should notice that in addition to the masking painters tape, I also add blue painter's tape in straight lines so I knew how big to make the letters. You should see that there are two stripes of tape at the top, and one at the bottom. This is because at first I was going to make the letters slightly larger but then after tracing out the letters with my finger on the sign I realized they would not fit.

The last thing you want is to start drawing letters on your sign and get to the right edge and realize that you have successfully spelled out CTHUL. Nobody cares about CTHUL, they want CTHULHU. And for you mistake there is an 87% chance that you will immediately be vanquished by the Great Old One in an unspeakable way.

On my sign, once I figured out what size I wanted for the letters, I then lightly drew the outline of each letter on the sign with a pencil. Now, if you do mess up, no big deal because hopefully you have left the painter's tape on the sign still and if the letters don't fit or don't look like they would please Cthulhu, you can just spray paint over them and try again in an hour.

You also could use a stencil but, I really feel that there aren't any Cthulhuesque stencils out there that would properly convey the right amount of tentacle terror. Either way though, once your outline is ready to go, simply trace over the lines with your white sharpie marker as shown in the picture above.

Step 4: Fill in the Outline.

Once you have created an outline, give yourself a pat on the back because the hard part is done and you are in the home stretch. Now all you need to do is fill in the letters with the white sharpie. This step took longer than I thought it would because the blue paint required several layers of white sharpie in order for the color to actually appear white instead of a faded blue. Additionally, multiple layers with the sharpie would sometimes scratch off the previous layer.

But, eventually slow and steady wins the race unless you are running a real race in which case slow and steady results in you being in last place and laughed at by everyone. However, in the case of this sign, patience does pay off and by the third layer you should almost be finished.

The last step once the sharpie looks good and is dry is to apply one or two coats of clear coat spray so that your sprinklers won't wash away all your hard work. I think for my sign I waited approximately 30 minutes between each spray.

Step 5: Admire Your Work

You've done it. You've created an homage to the Great Old One Cthulhu and can now sit back and relax while your neighbors walk by and wonder, "What in the hell is a Cthulhu?"

Final Thoughts: On the bottom of my sign there was a little blurb that said: Paid for by the friends of Blah Blah Committee # Blah blah. I covered that up with a red sharpie and thought about writing "Paid for by the friends of the Great Old One" but the white sharpie markers I had wouldn't allow enough detail for that. I suppose I could have driven to Walmart and bought a fine tip white sharpie but figured what's the worst that cou....jhf;..,.a.fkfjkk;;'


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    4 years ago on Step 5

    I really love this! I would much rather vote for Cthulhu anyday, over the morons running in our City. Besides, aren't most girls attracted to the "bad" boys?

    You have inspired me to go..um..."find" a sign where it should not be, a be a law abiding citizen and "move" it....

    We have many neighbors here who are very political but they are not without a good sense of humor.

    I do believe they would appreciate seeing a grand sign like this, nominating the Great One!

    (if nothing else, they would laugh everyday when coming home from work)


    4 years ago

    I hate to rain on the parade of the glorious dark one, but each of those signs cost $30, or so I have been informed by a school board want to be. please reiburse the Devil who owns that poor soul, say the rosary backwards 3 times, make an ibble on how to make less expensive campaign signs, or Heaven's to Murgatroy help someone to vote.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    It's ok, much like the band Garbage I have been informed that Cthulhu is only happy when it rains. After a quick cursory search on Google, it seems most of those signs range from 9 to 16 dollars if you only buy one. The one I used was made of corrugated plastic, not sure if the person from your school board opted for the platinum gold option since that would undoubtedly increase the price dramatically. Seriously though, the only 30 dollar option I saw was for 3 color aluminum double sided signs. And that was only if you bought 5 or less.

    Additionally, most of the sign places offer bulk deals and I since I can't imagine any person seriously running for office buying less than 50 signs, at 50 the price drops to about $4.50 a sign and at a 100 down to $3.28.

    So while I suppose I could write a check for $3.28, I believe if anything the city owes me a couple dollars for helping with the task of removing a sign from an area where signs are not allowed :)

    Although this does now raise an interesting point of whether or not it wouldn't have just been easier to design the sign and purchase it online. Which would be yes, but the sense of accomplishment would be greatly diminished!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    I absolutely love this! I'm going to abduct some sign soon!!!!! Cthulu Rules!!@!!!

    This is perfect for us Canadians that have to put up with elections every few months. As I write this the park by my house has been tagged by yet another person with dreams of political mediocracy. I just need to figure out how to get 50 signs done by morning!

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    Yes, and if enough people make signs who knows... maybe Cthulhu will actually get voted in to some local position!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    cool instructable

    I misread the sign at first, I thought it read sweet waterboard school


    4 years ago

    Never never let the cost of a fine tip Sharpie come between you and proper homage to Cthulhu! Glory to the Great Old One!

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, I didn't think cutting corners would have any ill results right up until a several hundred foot elder God showed up at my doorstep. By then it was too late. You live you learn.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Maybe if you capitalize "Instructable" it will recognize it.

    (--It just did for me.); but you can also highlight the word you like, and add it to your spelling dictionary.

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    That is interesting that the capitalization of the word works for you. On my end, when I capitalize Instructable it still underlines it with a squiggly red line whereas with a Cthulhu it just says, "Yep, of course that is a word, continue with your business".

    I suppose I could add it to my spelling dictionaries word list, but then we never would have been able to have this fantastic conversation! Thanks for checking out my Instructable :)