DIY Paint Stick Wood Slat Sign

I had a picture hanging on the wall in my kitchen. It got knocked off
the wall and broken. . . Um, back in December. And I am finally getting
around to replacing it. I decided to go with something totally
different. I’ve loved the wood slat signs I’ve seen all over the place,
so I decided to make my own. I don’t have access to reclaimed wood or
palettes, so I used paint sticks instead.

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It was a fun project for me, and I love how it turned out. I whipped it
up in an afternoon, and I spend half the time just trying to get photos
with the sun peeking in and out of the clouds and making me change my
camera settings every five minutes.

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DIY Paint Stick Wood Sign Tutorial

Supplies (Contains affiliate links)
-Large Paint Sticks
-Paint and paintbrushes
-Sandpaper
-Quote for you sign- printed on paper (not cardstock)
Frog Tape
-Pen or stylus
-Small banner (optional)

Instructions:
Get some large paint sticks from the hardware store – the kind that are
used to stir the gallon size buckets. I already had a bunch in my stash
from when we painted our walls.

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Determine the size of your sign, and cut your paint sticks down to size.
I was going to use my miter saw, but it was still in storage for the
winter, so I used my scroll saw. The sticks are thin enough that you
could even use a hand saw. I used 6 sticks for this project.

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Paint your sticks. I know I would be distressing mine, so I only did one
coat of white paint, and I just painted the tops. After the paint is
dry, sand the edges of the sticks if you want a more distressed look.

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Then it’s time to glue your paint sticks all together to make your sign.
You can use any thin wood scraps, but I used the leftover pieces of
paint sticks. Handy. I lined my sticks up, then used wood glue to attach
a shorter piece across the top and bottom. Tip: After I put the wood
glue down the middle of the scrap strip, I put a little hot glue on each
end. Then I pressed the scrap onto the longer pieces. The hot glue
holds everything firmly in place while the wood glue is drying. Works
like a charm!

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After your glue is dry, attach your design to the front of the sign. Tape it in place with Frog Tape.

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Take a pen or stylus and carefully trace the edges of the letters (or
shapes if you have those). Press firmly- you want to leave an
indentation in the wood. If I had it to do over, I wouldn’t use a font
any thinner than the one I used to spell “Joy”. Those thin fonts were
hard to paint!

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It is really hard to see, but if you look close, you can see the little
marks that the pen left. In real life it is much easier to see, I
promise. Just use fine tipped paintbrushes top paint the words, using
the indentations as a guide.

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After my words dried, I sanded my sign to make it look a little more
rustic. But with the thin fonts that I used, it looked kinda crappy. So I
had to go back and add paint. That was a pain in the bum. So don’t do
what I did. Use larger fonts!

It did look good in the end though. And don’t worry if it doesn’t look
perfect. I think that adds charm, and makes it actually look unique and
handmade!

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I added a little fabric banner to the corner of mine. I followed this no-sew banner tutorial,
except I didn’t attach my fabric to canvas, so it was even easier. You
can use paper, or pom poms, or flowers instead, whatever you like!

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Now all you have to do is add a picture hanger to the back and hang it on the wall!

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And there you have it. A custom wood slat sign that you can proudly display in your home!

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