With 4th of July quickly approaching I’m starting to think about switching up my 4th of July Mantel to more of a general summer themed mantel. This DIY Slatted Summer Sign will be the perfect addition to my summer mantel.
– Wood slatted sign from HERE (they are my favorite), they also come in vertical HERE
– DecoArt Americana multi-surface paints (canary, shrimp, black tie)
– Foam brushes
– Vinyl stencil (the word HELLO is the font Bebas Neue, and sunshine is Learning Curve)
I gave my entire slat board a light sanding to begin with, just to remove any loose or splintering wood. Then I painted the entire board the canary/yellow. It should only take two light coats to cover your entire board.
I cut a couple of vinyl stencils with my Cricut Explore machine. This is optional, if you don’t have a machine you can freehand paint your design or even use a cardstock printed template that you can cut by hand. Lot’s of options. I created two stencils, one with the word HELLO and a second with the word sunshine. They will be painted in two steps.
Apply your HELLO stencil first and paint with your shrimp/coral paint. I actually added a tiny bit of the canary/yellow to my coral paint to give it a little more of an orange tinge. Carefully use your foam brush to dab paint on over the stencil to avoid it leaking under the vinyl.
Once the word HELLO is dry you can apply your second stencil for the word sunshine. I slightly overlapped the two words on my sign. Then paint it carefully with your black paint.
Tip: on both vinyl stencil steps you want to remove the stencils before the paint completely dries, if you don’t you will risk peeling paint off.
This post was originally published at Snap Creativity on (06/03/14)