DIY Slatted Summer Sign

DIY-Slatted-Summer-SignWith 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.

It also happens to coordinate perfectly with the Free Summer Printable, Free Summer Cupcake / Food Topper Printables, and Summer Wood Banner I shared earlier this month.


–  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)

DIY-Slatted-Summer-SignThese are my favorite multi-surface paints, they come in some pretty amazing colors and cover so well.

DIY-Slatted-Summer-SignI 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.

DIY-Slatted-Summer-SignI 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.

DIY-Slatted-Summer-SignOnce everything is dry you have a fun and quick sign that is the perfect addition to your Summer decor.  It’s so bright and cheerful I love it!


DIY-Slatted-Summer-SignDIY-Slatted-Summer-SignHere are a few other of my Summer decor projects for you to check out:

subway-beach-art-signSubway Art Beach Sign 

chevron-summer-wreathChevron Summer Wreath

This post was originally published at Snap Creativity on (06/03/14) 


  1. Allison Burke says

    First time visting your blog! WOW, i pin ALOT of signs and wall decor (DIY) and i have to say THIS is my FAVE! It is perfect and i LOVE IT! You are so talented! Keep up the amazing work!

    • craftedsparrow says

      Well thank you Allison! That’s so sweet of you to say. Thank you for visiting, I hope you stop by often. Have a great weekend.


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