Pinspiration - All Vol TN sign

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Home decor can be expensive, let alone if it shows your love for UT. So, we're using pieces of wood and some orange and white paint to outline Tennessee with a heart over Knoxville.

What you need:

- Wood plaque (Can be scrap wood or a sign from the craft store)
- Orange and white paint (Apple Barn's seasonal Jack-o-Lantern looked most like Tennessee Vols orange to me.)
- State outline stencil (I simply printed it out and cut out the center)
- Sponge brush
- Stick on words or phrases (optional)

The key to getting the most accurate state outline, with crisp lines, is a stencil. To create that stencil, I searched for "Tennessee outline" under images, printed, and cut out the center of the paper. Done. Now I have a Tennessee state stencil.

I have scrap wood from deck boards, also rectangle of plywood, and a sign with a stake from the craft store, they called a market sign.

I taped down my stencil. Now to get the best lines and avoid paint bleed, I recommend starting on the paper and brush into the open area. Then fill in with your paint.

If you'd like to mark your favorite city, obviously I recommend Knoxville, then you can tape a heart shape and paint over it. I also added it later in white paint by using the side of my pinkie finger and then using a toothpick to clean up the edges.

To keep with the rustic theme, you can attach burlap ribbon to the back. I would use a staple gun to really secure the ribbon, or a good weather-proof glue. This would make for a beautiful hanging sign for your front door or on the wall in your home.

If you're going to put the sign outside, I'd seal it with a clear coat to keep it looking good for years to come.

To see these projects and more, click on the "Pinspiration" board on Heather's Pinterest page, http://www.pinterest.com/wvltheather, or Erin Barnett's Pinterest page at http://www.pinterest.com/wvlterinbarnett.


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