Hey crafty friends. Beckie, from Infarrantly Creative, back with an awesome Ohio state sign. Did you know JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores is headquartered in Ohio? Yep, yep it is true. Well guess what? Yours truly moved here about a year ago as well.
While living in Indiana I made a similar sign and figured I needed to do something fun to celebrate this next chapter of our life in Ohio. I thought bringing in the “OH the places you’ll go” reference from the Dr. Seuss book was super appropriate for this next chapter in my page turner of a life. Because yes indeed, I never thought I would end up in Ohio.
5 gallon paint sticks – I used 13 of them (you could also use balsa wood strips found in the wood section)
craft paints (I used some Folk Art Home Decor Chalk as well as the small Folk art craft paints)
Find a frame that you can use for this project. Since the max length you could cut the paint sticks to is 17” wide I had to find a frame narrower than that. My frame is 17” x 19”.
Using a chop saw, I cut my paint sticks down to the correct size of the frame leaving about 1/8” gap on each side.
Then, I sanded them smooth and painted two coats of paint on each stick.
Once dry, I flipped them over and glued them in place. If you want to speed up the dry time of the glue, you could always use a low-temp glue gun. Your paint sticks might not fit perfectly. So you could always use pennies or nickels to space them evenly apart if you need to cover more space.
Once dry, I cut out my Ohio stencil with my Silhouette Cameo machine.
I peeled back the part of the stencil I needed. Using transfer tape, I transferred the stencil to the paint stick frame making sure to burnish the vinyl down to the sticks to get good adhesion. Tip: You may want to put a couple pieces of wood underneath to give the paint sticks some stability as you press the vinyl stencil in place.
Next, I used a foam pouncer to pounce on the black paint. You could also use spray paint if you masked off the rest of your frame.
While the paint was still wet I removed the vinyl stencil. By removing the stencil, you will see the gorgeous paint colors come through the lettering. It is so much fun!
Optional: If you want to sand the edges a little to give it a distressed look you can when it is completely dry.
Hang it in place and enjoy your custom state pride work of art! Now this isn’t just limited to Ohio. I am sure you can think of a clever way to celebrate your state pride. The bonus about the project is that the paint sticks allow you to use any shade of color to match your decor perfectly.
Love the thought of using paint sticks in your decor? Check out these paint stick inspired projects.