The DIY pink flamingo sign is fun and whimsical and the project is quick and easy. I've always loved pink flamingo decor but after living in Florida for a few years, I'm a flamingo fanatic.
I received the cute flamingo stencil in the mail a couple of months ago and have been waiting for the perfect project. When I caught a glimpse of the stencil in the workshop on Sunday, I had to do something with it right then.
I found a reclaimed board in my wood pile. It was the perfect size for the stencil and had been painted white at some point. All I had to do was distress the paint a bit.
I stapled sisal rope to the back of the white painted board before starting the paint job on the front.
If you’ve been reading the blog for a while you know how I talk about using several colors in a stencil project to add depth. That’s what I did here. I picked out three colors for the flamingo and two colors for the water. Keep reading because I had to pull out more colors before the project was all done.
I used painter's tape to adhere the stencil to the board. I’m not a fan of stencil adhesive….never use it.
I started stenciling with the light pink color. Stenciling takes just a bit of practice. For the perfect stencil finish you need to dab your stencil brush in the paint then wipe almost all the paint from the brush onto a paper towel or something similar. Now it's time to stencil by tapping the stencil brush onto the stencil or gently swirling the brush over the stencil.
Once the first color was dry I added the coral color by just dabbing it here and there.
Next I added the purple color but it didn’t look right so I went back to my paint stash and found a light, light pinkish/coral color. I also had to select a brighter blue for the water and find a bottle of black acrylic paint for the feet and beak.
After brushing on the additional paint colors, I pulled the stencil back to take a look. Something still didn’t look right.
I pulled out the stencil packaging and noticed the flamingo beaks were black. I laid the stencil back over the project and added black to the beaks.
All done except for a thin layer of clear wax.
Sometimes it’s the little things that add a punch to the project. In this case, I think it was the bit of sisal rope tied to the side of the sisal rope hanger. Do you also notice the various color shades in the body of the Flamingo? So different from using one color.
You'll be seeing more of the flamingo stencil this Spring and Summer…..oh….and the sisal rope too. I’m addicted to both.
Maybe a piece of furniture with pink flamingos?
What do you guys think of the flamingo sign? Are you a fan of pink flamingos and do you decorate with them? Leave a note if you have time. As always, thanks for being here, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen (Petticoat Junktion)
Kathy is the founder of PetticoatJunktion.com, a home décor blog focused on repurposing and upcycling furniture, old hardware, rusty stuff, and thrifty finds into unique home décor. Kathy’s projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Read more about Kathy here.