The Halloween decorations are packed away. No more scarecrows, witches or bats. No more candy corn. Just fall decorations left. (Oh I forgot, there is a bag of Snickers and M & M’s left.) I love Thanksgiving. I love planning, preparing and of course, eating the Thanksgiving meal. The smells, turkey roasting, pies baking, dressing and cranberry sauce. I love leftovers: white turkey meat on toasted white bread (The only time during the year I have white bread in the house.). The only thing about Thanksgiving is the lack of decorations. Yes, plenty of pumpkins. But it’s hard to find much more. Over the years, Sweet Shark and I have collected a decent amount of pilgrims, Indians, and turkeys, but I’m always looking for more. Sometimes we just have to get creative. Last year, Kari Anne’s little project at Thistlewood Farms got my creative juices going. So I came up with my own easy DIY paint project to make for Thanksgiving.
Easy DIY Paint Project for Thanksgiving
Some chip letters from Hobby Lobby was the first step. I picked out three different letter styles to spell out my word.
Kari Anne used word blocks. I didn’t have any at home, so I headed over to my neighborhood Lowe’s. I’ve had the nice men in the lumber department cut wood for me, so I know that they have scrap lumber. I found a piece of plywood behind the wood cutter. I don’t think the nice Lowe’s man understood my project even when I laid my letters out on the floor. That’s the Lowe’s man’s toes in the picture. He was studying this real hard.
I smiled real big (We Southern girls know how to flirt when necessary.), and he cut the plywood for me. The piece was 14 inches X 48 inches and I needed just 10 inches wide. He cut the wood and told me the wood was free. (Hot dog!) I thanked him, gave him another big smile and got the heck out of Lowe’s.
Being plywood, the piece was a little rough around the edges so I lightly sanded and wiped it down.
I didn’t want just a plain piece of wood, so I divided the board into about thirds horizontally and drew a line with pencil.
I used Frog tape to create lines that I hoped would look like wood planks from a distance. I said we have to get creative.
For paint, I used all leftover Annie Sloan Chalk Paint since I had plenty of colors on hand. I used Coco to paint the little lines.
When the Coco was dry, I removed the tape, and painted the entire board with Old White, wiping the paint off right after I brushed it on. This is one of my favorite techniques.
For more depth, I dry brushed a little French Linen on top. Much better.
While the board dried, I laid the letters out to determine the order of paint colors. Next, I started painting the letters with 2-inch chip brushes.
My colors were: French Linen, Chateau Grey, Duck Egg Blue (Don’t tell Sweet Shark; he thinks I paint everything Duck Egg Blue.), Coco and Paris Grey
After the letters were dry, I placed the them on the board and then used my glue gun to stick each one on. And that was that. Perfect for the living room mantle. And I was so happy that my little project turned out pretty good.
And Just Thankful ~
for Pilgrims and Indians, mini white pumpkins and faux fall leaves
I hope you liked my easy DIY paint project to make for Thanksgiving. You could make it today.
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