Monday, February 28, 2011

Letter Perfect

I couldn't resist picking up a couple of these paint stir sticks when I was in Home Depot this weekend.
 These are extra long stir sticks (approximately 21") and are 1/4" thick making them a solid material for a craft project.
I was inspired by one of the articles in the most recent Flea Market Style magazine.   
I'm not going to give too much away if you haven't seen the magazine yet, but one project in the magazine used an old folding yardstick to create a decorative letter.

I did a couple of yardstick projects around the holiday (you can see those posts here and here) and have pretty much depleted my stash of yardsticks.  
So I decided to make a decorative letter from the paint stir sticks.  

Not all letters will obviously work for this project but I collect "E"s and the straight lines of this letter made it a good choice for the project.
I used two stir sticks for my letter and the finished letter is about 12" tall.

I cut the four pieces I needed to make an "E" and laid the letter out.
I drilled holes at the connecting points and inserted a nut and bolt to secure the pieces.
I like the look of the exposed bolts but if you don't you could glue your pieces or use a small nail to attach.
 I painted the letter white, sanded the edges to distress and applied a wood stain to antique the piece.
There are so many ways you could decorate the letter....old sheet music, book pages, scrapbook paper or painted and then stamped.

A super simple project and a nice addition to my growing collection.
I'm joining Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for her Monday party, Metamorphosis Monday
Linda @ Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Have a great week.



  1. Good Morning Jane! So do you think they will notice when I nonchalantly grab the tub of sticks and hightail it out of there? then I could start my own collection! Let's see you have me looking for locks, wooden boxes, old yard sticks, more old pictures, spice racks... the list goes on!
    That would look awesome on my front porch, on the wreath... but in H. love it! xoxo

  2. Very clever!! I'm always picking up stir-sticks whether I'm buying paint or not, thinking these will be useful for something; now I know what to do with them! Thanks!!

  3. Love it...I can see a run on paint sticks...Home Depot won't know what hit them!

  4. Great idea, Jane! It looks wonderful...I always have extras around here, too!

  5. What a great idea! My hubby works in the paint department, so this may work out well!

  6. I use mine to prop up the bathroom window in my grandparents house that was built in 1896! LOL

  7. What a great and no-cost way to add to your collection of E's, Jane! I love the look with the nuts and bolts.

  8. Very cute idea! I love that you used the bigger bolts to attach them. The big E looks fab with the other letters!

    Have a great day.

  9. How smart you are.
    I can't use tools very dumb when it comes to screw driver or hammer LOL


  10. You could really make some $ with all your ideas, Jane! I'm not kidding! This is Cool! Great idea! :) ~M

  11. Oh that is simple it!


  12. I love your ideas, always great!!! Now I have to go to the paint dept. Thanks for sharing! Terri

  13. What a great idea, and a perfect way to use up old stir sticks!

  14. Just great!!! Now there won't be any paint stick left anywhere in the land!!!!

    HA HA

    Great idea!!

  15. Love this idea! So simple and great looking!


  16. Such clever thinking and it came out fabulous. I know what I have to send the hubby to Home Depot for now! =) How on earth can I do a B?


  17. Great idea. I bought some of their yardsticks a few weeks ago to make a projects. Was going to make them look older - anyhow, the project was a bust and now I have something new I can make with them. Thanks for the ideas.

  18. Great idea! I agree with everyone, you are so clever.


  19. Jane, another clever idea! You keep amazing us with all your projects. I like the group of letters. Are they all Es? ~ Sarah

  20. I think I've said this before need to publish a book. I would love all of your great ideas in one place! I just picked up a handful of these last week but I don't think they're extra long....I'll have to go back in dark glasses and a trench coat-LOL
    I'll have to figure out a G...shouldn't be too hard.

  21. Jane,
    This is so funny...when I saw the yardstick idea in the magazine...I thought about YOU!!!! They should do a story about all your "COOL" ideas for sure:)


    PS hop over and share this at NTT and enter my giveaway.

  22. WOW! You knocked this one out of the park!!! Very Creative!

  23. Another great creation, I don't know how you think of them.
    I wonder why you are drawn to the letter E?

  24. "E"xcellent!!

    The mag is great isn't it!!

  25. Love it! Haha! I can just see all the bloggers rushing to HD or Lowes for paint stirrers!
    I know I am....
    Thanks for sharing.

  26. Home Depot is going to have a run on stir sticks now. I think the bolts make this pop, a perfect finishing touch. E is for excellent!

  27. Looking at the finished project, who could have guessed it was made from paint sticks. Thanks to you I'm betting HD and other stores will be running out of paint sticks. LOL
    As always thanks for the inspiration.

  28. Lovin the letter thing. Yours with the nuts and bolts too cute.

  29. I love it!!! Looks like I need to make a trip to Home Depot.

  30. Jane, this is such a great idea! Everytime I am in Lowe's I will say, ummmm can I have 4 or 5 stir sticks? I can get a stash!

    Thanks for this great idea!~

    Lou Cinda

  31. I just picked up Flea Market Style today, so will have to scope this project out. Great idea to use the big paint stir sticks. I could use a new E too. ;-)

  32. Brilliant idea! I want more letters but to buy them they can be pricey and it is hard to find different fonts. Great job.

  33. Jane, when is your book coming out with all these fabulous ideas??????

  34. As a Home Depot paint associate, what you need to understand is the cost of the paintsticks is passed onto the customers who come in to buy paint. You may think the sticks are "free" but I'm here to tell you that they are not. Now we don't mind the occasional. 2-3 sticks. It's those who come in wanting. 10-20 that we question. Their is now talk about charging people for the extra sticks they are asking for. We had to remove the sticks from the paint desk. Due to the ones that take 10-20 at a time. Please, just because you didn't pay for them. Doesn't mean that someone else won't have to either, this is one reason that the price of products go up, we've even ran out of sticks due to people coming in getting a "handful" which is a disservice to our customers who purchase paint.

  35. I'm going to ask my local paint stores to have painters save their used paint sticks for me! I think the paint colors on them will make for some pretty projects! Reduce- Reuse- Repurpose- Recycle!


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