If you’ve got a collection of shells, then I think you’ll love this Stenciled Beach Sign that’s super easy and comes together in less than one hour!
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If you’ve got a collection of shells that you’ve been waiting to do something with, then I think you’ll love this Stenciled Beach Sign that’s super easy and comes together in less than one hour!
And if you don’t have a few shells stashed in boxes and bags, they’re easy to find in craft stores or at Amazon.
Let’s get some quick coastal decor going!
Stenciled Beach Sign Supplies
- wooden arrow with hanger
- Plaid Craft alphabet stencil – Peddler
- Coastal Waters acrylic paint (DecoArt Americana)
- Waterfront acrylic paint (DecoArt Americana)
- Bleached Sand acrylic paint (DecoArt Americana)
- Cool White acrylic paint (DecoArt Americana)
- stencil brush
- scrap lint-free cotton material
- beach shells
Start by painting the wooden sign. I used a staining technique in a striped pattern just like I did with the DIY Beach Shadowbox. All you have to do is pour a little paint on a soft cotton cloth, then smear it on the board in a thin layer – as if you were using stain.
It’s okay and even nice for the layers to overlap a bit and for the wood to peek through. We’re going for a coastal, weathered look.
You don’t want a very thick layer of paint either, and this board has a great grain that works well with this technique. You’re basically just staining – which means that it dries almost instantly. That’s a win for a less-than-one-hour project.
Once you finish the paint staining, it’s time to add the stencils. If you’re good at eye-balling it…go for it!
If you struggle a bit (that would be me), here’s a tip that will help:
Start in the center and stencil the A first. When you make the E, lay the stencil on the board so that the F is right on top of the stenciled A. Add the remaining letters the same way, and you’ll have perfectly placed letters!
Need all the deets on perfect stenciling? Check out Stencil Art: How to Get a Flawless Transfer Every Time.
Adding the Shells
Choose the shells you want to use to embellish your sign, then hot glue them in place.
Now just find a place to hang your coastal beach sign and you have DIY-ed in less than a single hour!
Isn’t that just fun?
If you’re new around here, you probably don’t know that I’m going coastal in my design studio – formerly known as my craft room. Once it got a new theme, it just had to have a new title too. 🙂 Plus, when we moved into our home last spring, my craft “room” became a corner “area” of an apartment above our garage.
With a new location, it was also time for a redesign and since I adore the beach, it only seemed fitting to go coastal. It’s a work-in-progress, which still needs a fresh coat of beachy paint on the walls, but I’m chipping away at it, one project at a time.
If you need more coastal inspiration, here are a few other projects you may enjoy:
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