California Love Outdoor Art (made from paint sticks)

You may have caught this post a few weeks ago when I originally shared it at I Heart Nap Time, but I wanted to be sure since it was the “cherry on top” in my outdoor living room reveal!

If I could change the pinky beige color of my stucco I would, but for now I just have to come up with ways to make it work. We spruce up the walls inside our homes with art, so why not take that idea outside too?

I’m on a strict “zero dollars is best budget” when it comes to wall art, especially when it will be outside so here’s what I came up with…

I like to call my “California Love Paint Stick Wall Art.”

For this easy outdoor art you will need:

  • Long paint sticks. I used the ones for the 5 gallon paint buckets. If you don’t see them out at the paint counter ask because they sometimes keep them behind the counter.
  • Scrap wood as long as your paint stick canvas.
  • (optional) stain
  • Gorilla Glue or glue made for wood that will hold up outside
  • picture hanging wire, or string.
  • a staple gun
  • A print out of your state and your word(s)
  • a pencil
  • craft paint that states that it is weather resistant (I use Martha Stewart)

How to make your paint stick canvas:

paint stick art for outdoorsFirst I laid out the paint sticks good side down and with the notches alternating sides. Then I glued on some scrap pieces of wood to hold the paint sticks together and let it dry with a heavy stack of books on top.

Once it was dry I gave it a coat of stain. I used MiniWax oil based stain in classic grey and let it dry over night.

Silhouette State Art:

easy outdoor wall art

In order to get the outline of my state, I did a google search for “outline of California,” saved the image and then pasted it onto a word document. I had to do this twice dragging it to make it big enough and printed out the upper and lower halves of the state separately.

Then I cut it out leaving most of the details out, taped it onto my paint stick pallet and traced it with a pencil.

I painted in the silhouette of California with multi-surface craft paint. I like Martha Stewart craft paint because it is weather resistant.

state silhouette art

For my word I printed out the word “love” in a fun font. Then I covered the back side of the lettered area in pencil and found that the transfer only happened on the blue paint. So I went over it again with chalk and this time when I outlined my word the chalk outline transferred.

I filled in the lettering by dipping a mechanical pencil (without any lead) into paint and almost drawing on my letters. I also added a heart where San Diego is (because I heart S.D.)

Lastly, I used the eraser end of my pencil to make green dots all the way around my pallet. These bright colors tie into the fun colors I used on my drop cloth outdoor curtains and my outdoor drink station.

outdoor wall artOnce it was dry I flipped it over and attached some wire with a staple gun between my two wood scraps. We used a masonry screw to hang it outside on the stucco wall.

And that is it! It makes the perfect backdrop for our upcycled outdoor beverage cart that we just added and is such a fun addition to our outdoor space!

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About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

0 thoughts on “California Love Outdoor Art (made from paint sticks)

  1. […] final touch that I added to create our outdoor room was this really simple outdoor art.  It was another one of those indoor elements that I brought outside to finish the […]

  2. […] me to add some art outside is beyond me.  Better late than never right?   This simple piece of outdoor art was a perfect way to add just a bit more personality to my outdoor living room and finish off the […]

  3. Ooooo! So pretty, Corey. (And you can’t beat the price of supplies.) Thanks so much for sharing this at The Creative Spill on my FB page. *Someone” might be getting featured this Sunday…. Whoop whoop!

  4. I absolutely love this Corey- so fabulous!! The paint sticks are awesome…I have been toying with doing a ‘pallet’ with paint sticks too- they turned out perfectly. All your details to it are awesome, such a great outdoor art piece!! Pinned and stumbled….

  5. What a great piece!! Love that it’s for the outside 🙂

  6. Oh my word, Corey! I LOVE this! What a clever way to use paint sticks! And you can totally personalize this to any state although, I think I’d go with California too!!

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