How to Make a Rustic Sign from Paint Sticks – Part Five – Classroom Sign

With August just around the corner, I am really starting to think about how I want to set up my classroom for this coming school year. I have been seeing a lot of ideas on Pinterest showcasing farmhouse-themed classrooms, and I am in love with that idea. This trend even inspired me to make one more paint stick sign to decorate my classroom!

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If you have been following along with the blog, I recently shared how to make an incredibly easy and inexpensive rustic sign base using 10 paint sticks and a few other materials. To see how to make the sign base, check out the tutorial by clicking here.

I really liked how the gray chalk paint by Waverly Inspirations turned out on the Christmas sign, so I decided to use the same paint for this background. To cover the gaps left by the paint stick handles, I wrapped the sign with natural twine on each side.

Using PicMonkey, I created an image file with the text “Mrs. Julian” and uploaded it to Cricut Design Space. I then cut the file out on white contact paper and applied it like a stencil onto my sign.

I used navy blue chalk paint to paint inside the stencil with a foam sponge brush. Once the paint dried, I removed the stencil, including the pieces left inside the letters.

I used a chipboard letter J to decorate the sign. This was part of an inexpensive pack of letters that I purchased at Hobby Lobby for another project. It could easily be painted, but I actually just used a permanent marker to color it orange. I chose to decorate the sign with orange and blue because those are my school’s colors.

I used hot glue to attach the letter to the sign. When the sign was finished, I used a short piece of twine and some hot glue to create a hanger.

I was really happy with how this sign turned out. My husband even said that this was my “best one yet!” I plan to hand this sign up on my classroom door or right outside my door when I go into set up my classroom in the next few weeks.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, questions, and feedback in the comments below! If you decide to make a sign like this, please be sure to tag me on Facebook or Instagram using @onecraftatatime so I can see what you made!

Happy crafting!

~ Candace 🙂