Craft Sticks… not just for Kids!

Stenciled Chalkboard Sign

Craft Sticks for Grown-ups?  (What’s next coloring books?) 

Who knew the craft medium we used as kids could produce such a grown-up look.

I was messing around one day, looking for something different to stencil on.

Inspired by my favorite “Fixer Upper” show, I decided to create my own mini shiplap.

The projects below are the result of my “playtime”.

Americana Sign

This one’s for anyone who loves Americana, old signs, topography and the look of old shiplap.

Or for anyone who just loves playing with wood craft sticks.

How to make the Americana Sign:

  • 12 Wood Tongue Depressors
  • DecoArt ADS16 American Tribute Stencil
  • DecoArt Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint: Night Sky, Dark Scarlet, Cotton Ball
  • Red Twine
  • Paintbrush and Stencil Brush
  • Craft Glue
  • Drill
  • Extra Fine Grit Sand Paper or Sanding Block
  • Removable Painters Tape

Finished Size: 6” x 6”

Americana Sign Collage

Directions:

  1. Create a sign by gluing together 8 tongue depressors on the front and 4 tongue depressors on the back.
  2. Paint both sides of the sign with blue paint.
  3. Using select sections of the stencil, tape stencil in place using removable painters tape.
  4. Using a stencil brush, dip just the tip of your brush into the paint. Tap off excess paint before applying to prevent the paint from seeping under the edges of the stencil.
  5. Apply paint with stencil brush in a straight up and down motion called stippling.
  6. Drill small hole in the top corners and insert red twine to use as a hanger.
  7. Optional Step: For a distressed look, lightly sand the edges of the sign with extra fine sand paper.

Here’s a project I did a few years ago using a product called sticky sticks. 

Deck the Halls with Sticky Sticks  Sticky Stick Frame Basic Construction

The paint and stencils used in these projects were sponsored by DecoArts.

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