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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
  • Saw
  • 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.

old barnwood frame patriotic decor

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.

red white blue project

4.  Once dry I used my 3M sanding sponge to distress the edges.

patriotic home decor

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!

paint stick frame

red white blue sign

6.  Let it dry overnight. 

Then cut out the vinyl with the Cameo machine and apply it to the painted paint sticks.

god bless america patriotic sign

7.  Using a pouncer brush add the Indigo Cloth Valspar paint. 

It has great coverage so I only needed one coat.

god bless america sign

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.

DIY patriotic sign

DIY red white blue project

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!

patriotic wall decor

united states of america wall decor

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  1. If it is black or white I will use contact paper since it is cheaper. But if I use regular vinyl I will use the premium vinyl from Silhouette America. I also like vinyloutlet.net.

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