Happy Friday ya’ll! I am assuming most of you are not officially on summer break. My kids got out of school a week ago, our garden is in full bloom, and salad and strawberries are my diet right now.
Anyway, I have been in a hugely patriotic mood lately. It seems like I have lived with red, white, and blue this week.
I created this “God Bless America” sign made with paint sticks is one of the pieces.
- 5-gallon paint sticks (I used 9 of them – if you don’t have any you can buy 1/2″ stock)
- Red, White and Blue paint (I used Valspar sample pots from Lowes in La Fonda Geranium Red, Indigo Cloth, and Colonial White)
- Wood Glue
- An old frame (I got my old barn wood frame on a trip to D. Lawless Hardware)
- God Bless America file to cut with a Silhouette machine
- Vinyl and transfer paper
- 3M sanding sponge
- Sponge brush and pouncer brush
How To Make A sign with Paint Sticks
1. I first measured my frame to figure out how many paint sticks I would need and also to know how wide to cut my paint sticks.
My frame was an odd size since it was made from old barn wood.
2. I cut my sticks to 11 1/4″ with my chop saw so that they would lie vertically.
3. Next using my sample pots of paint in Colonial White and La Fonda Geranium Red I painted the sticks with a foam brush.
I applied two coats.
4. Once dry I used my 3M sanding sponge to distress the edges.
5. Next I flipped the frame over and glued the edge of the frame and then I spaced my sticks.
I eyeballed it this time, although I usually use nickels as spacers.
A nickel space wasn’t enough of a space and I didn’t want to have to rip one of the paint sticks to a thinner size.
So eyeballing it was!
6. Let it dry overnight.
Then cut out the vinyl with the Cameo machine and apply it to the painted paint sticks.
7. Using a pouncer brush add the Indigo Cloth Valspar paint.
It has great coverage so I only needed one coat.
8. While the paint is still wet remove the vinyl.
I used a vinyl hook to get the letters off but you could also use a stick pin.
Then hang it on your wall year-round or just from Memorial Day to the 4th of July.
Although being patriotic can be year-round!