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,, or Erin Barnett's Pinterest page at

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