Easy Outdoor Art {Hello Summer}


Hi everyone! I’m Corey from TinySidekick and I’m so excited to be here today to share the last project in the outdoor living room that I’ve been working on. I’m glad to say it is done with enough summer time left to still enjoy it!

Like any room, our outdoor living room had some big projects, but it is the details that make a room feel complete. Wall art is a great detail, even in an outdoor room right? And I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of the color of our house, so it definitely needed some flare, or at least something to cover it up!

So I decided to figure out what I had on hand for what I like to call my “California Love Paint Stick Wall Art.”

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  • 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
  • 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

How to make your paint stick canvas:

Easy Outdoor Art by Tiny Side Kick on iheartnaptime.comFirst 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:

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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.

Easy Outdoor Art by Tiny Side Kick on iheartnaptime.com

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

Easy Outdoor Art by Tiny Side Kick on iheartnaptime.com

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.

Easy Outdoor Art by Tiny Side Kick on iheartnaptime.comOnce 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.

Easy Outdoor Art by Tiny Side Kick on iheartnaptime.com

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!

I’d love for you to come by and check out some other fun projects that went into our outdoor living room and follow along so you don’t miss the big reveal happening next week!

Here are some projects you will find when you get there!

DIY Drop Cloth Outdoor Curtains || Upcycled Outdoor Candle Chandelier || An Outdoor Drink Station for $5

A big thank you to Jamielyn for having me here today! Summer is my favorite time of year and there is so much inspiration in this Hello Summer series!



THANKS Corey for sharing this cute outdoor art during our Hello Summer Event! Click HERE to see more ideas from the event.

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  1. Michelle posted on July 19, 2014 at 12:23 pm (#

    What a good idea to use paint sticks! Easy and cheap…my kind of project!

  2. Coleen posted on July 22, 2014 at 10:24 am (#

    I would have never thought to use paint sticks but I love the shape it gives!

  3. Dez posted on August 15, 2014 at 10:37 pm (#

    So easy and creative haha It makes me wish I had more than the 2 stirrers that I got at Lowe’s now..