Sunday, August 7, 2016

Stencils are a Girl's Best Friend

I got these old brass stencils from a yard sale at work earlier this year.  The library brought them to the yard sale and before they could even put them out, I snatched them up.  There are 3 sizes--2 inch, 3 inch and 4 inch.  This weekend I finally did a few projects with them.
These galvanized buckets were the first thing I made over.  After removing the burlap and twine, I taped the stencils onto the buckets and used a sharpie to trace the numbers.  Then I hand painted them using black acrylic paint.
I put our address on the buckets and dressed them up even further.  I used the burlap that I removed, cut it in half and tied a piece to each little handle.  Gravel was used to weigh them down and hold the silk red carnations in the bucket. 
Now which way should these go on my front steps?  Do you read from bottom to top? 
Or top to bottom?  Which way should I display them?
This next piece I have had forever.  It used to have terra cotta pots cut in half on it in different sizes with flowers.  They fell off long ago and it was time for something new. 
Stencils to the rescue!  The 3 inch stencils were used again to spell out "Welcome" and I hand painted the letters in a custom paint color I made to match our house color. I sanded the letters just a bit to give them a nice worn look. It now hangs proudly outside of our front door. 
I changed up the front porch display just a little bit, took the flags out of the buckets, added some twine and a new red mum to the inside of the crate.  I am going to love changing this whole set-up for each season and holiday! 
Here is a shot of our front porch today.  I love how welcoming it is! 

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10 comments:

Snap said...

Too cute! I love your recycling. The galvanized buckets look great with your street number and the welcome sign is great. Fun fun fun! Happy Monday!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

I like your buckets and yes, stencils do a wonderful job. Recycling can be so much fun when you can create something as cute as this. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week.

Blessings,
Sandi

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Such a fun project. Loving your creativity Trisha. The buckets are so welcoming and your sign is darling. I have to remember to msue some stencils for future projects. Thanks for sharing at DI&DI.

mjmaterazo said...

love the stenciling on the floral buckets! i might have to steal this idea for my galvanized container garden. your porch looks great! thanks so much for stopping by. xo- maryjo

Jann Olson said...

I love the stencils Trisha! I have a similar set that I ordered through décor steals. If your house number is 175 I would start with the one on the bottom. At least it makes more sense to me. :) Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Connie said...

Wonderful projects and what a great find.
I especially like your buckets :)

Stacey said...

I never think about doing stencils but they are so versatile!! I love the numbered containers. Perfect for monograms too.

Happy Thoughts of Home. :)

Edye Nicole said...

Stencils are awesome! You can do so many different things with them :]

Blessings,
Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

The Charm of Home said...

Cute welcome sign! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

JES said...

You are so very creative! Thank you for sharing your great ideas with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! :)