I am so excited to be sharing the outdoor wall art I created for our courtyard today. I feel like this is the piece that really brought the courtyard together. I wanted something fun to bring a little interest and to break up that siding a bit. Geometric wood art seems to be all the rage these days and I wanted something with the feel of geometric wood art, but a little more simple and modern.
So, I started by measuring the space to get an idea of how big I wanted the sign. I grabbed some scrap wood and laid it out, marking out the size I wanted on my garage floor.
8-10 Cedar Fence Posts (depending on the size)
Paint or Stain
Silhouette Cutting Machine (or store-bought stencil)
Then I took some cedar fence pickets and started to cut them up. I had some leftover pickets from my table and planter boxes, so it was a great way to use them up. I did have to buy a couple more, but they are only $2 or 3 a piece, so no biggie.
I set my saw blade to 45 and started cutting. I did one long piece in the middle first. I just marked the board where I wanted to the cuts to be and made 2 cuts at 45 degrees, flipping the board between cuts. I continued down until the entire space was filled.
Next I took some extra fence pickets and attached it to the back, one long piece in the middle and a piece on bottom and on top. I just used counter-sunk screws to attach it. I had to put a bunch of screws in to make sure each screw was attached to the support beams across the back.
Now that the piece is all done, it’s time for the fun part. Adding the words. First, I stained the whole sign. Next, I printed out some lettering on my Silhouette machine using some cheap vinyl. It was super easy, I used transfer paper to place it on the sign. Next, I painted over the stencil in the same stain color as I had already painted. This allows all the little gaps and holes to fill.
After it dried, I did 2 coats in PolyShades – Classic Black and then let it dry. Then I peeled off the stencil and that was it!
I hung the piece on the wall using long outdoor wood screws and making sure it was level. Then I put up some outdoor string lights to really accent it. Outdoor Wall Art complete!
So, that’s about it. Get more details on my courtyard makeover HERE.
Make sure you stop by and see what my friends did with their Silhouette machines. What fun outdoor projects to try!
That’s about it for this month! Be sure to stop by next month for more Silhouette inspiration!
Outdoor Wall Art
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