An Adirondack Footstool and Easy Peasy Sign for Canada Day

Several weeks ago when participating in a curated collection of red, white, blue, and patriotic DIY projects, I came to the surprising realization that I have not one patriotic project post on the blog. That ends today, thanks to a Canadian Flag Stencil, and two quick and easy Canada Day decor ideas.

The first one is a Canadian Maple Leaf Adirondack Footstool and the second an Easy Peasy Canada Day Sign.

Canada Day Adirondack Footstool and DIY Flag

You may want to grab a beverage, it's a long post with lots of photos. 😊

Easy Canada Day Sign and Adirondack Footstool

Thanks to the folks at Stencil Revolution these two projects were so easy to make using their awesome Canadian Flag stencil. It comes in multiple sizes from 5" x 6" all the way to 55" x 35" so now I have no excuse for creating more fun DIY Canada Day decorations.

Canadian Maple Leaf Adirondack Footstool AND Easy Peasy Canada Day Sign

Let's start with the footstool, shall we?

Canadian Flag Adirondack Footstool

My plan was to photograph the footstool outside paired with an Adirondack chair and surrounded by pretty red and white flowers but it's pouring cats and dogs outside and won't be letting up any day soon. I can't wait to use the footstool on our deck for many summers to come.

I've included a Materials List towards the bottom of this post. It contains affiliate links for your convenience so you can see what products I used or recommend to make this project. What that means is that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, I may receive a small portion of any sales at no additional cost to you, which supports the costs of running this site. See my full disclosure policy.

Adirondack Footstool for Canada Day

I've had this Adirondack footstool for many years but it's spent the last 2-3 collecting dust in the workshop because it was looking rather worse for wear. I don't throw anything out and so it sat until that one day when inspiration would strike.

Adirondack Footstool For Canada Day Before

This was such a quick an easy refresh and a fun way to honour Canada Day for many years to come. After a good scrub with soap and water, all I did was dry brush a fresh coat of Old White chalk paint that I had on hand using an inexpensive chip brush. I didn't completely cover the pure white paint underneath so it would have a layered look.

While I wanted the footstool to have a time-worn appearance, I didn't want the I've been neglected for many years look that it's been sporting.

When the paint was completely dry, I used low tack spray adhesive to hold the 8 ½" x 11" Canadian Flag stencil in place along the curvature of the footstool.

Adirondack Footstool Canadian Flag Stencil

I stencilled the flag by pouncing Barn Red mineral chalk paint from Dixie Belle Paint Company with a stencil brush.

Adirondack Footstool Stenciled Canadian Flag

The Canadian flag looked a little lost and so I painted some of the wood slats red. To ensure I didn't get any red paint on the adjacent white slats, I placed painters tape along the edges. A fan brush worked well to get in between the slats.

Adirondack Footstool Painted Red And White

I lightly distressed the footstool with 220 grit sandpaper, as well as the flag and red painted slats. Once the paint was completely dry it was protected with two coats of Outdoor Varathane Satin Clear Coat.

Canada Day Adirondack Footstool Distressed

Adirondack Footstool and Canada Day Sign

Next up is this quick and easy Canada Day Sign.

Easy Canada Day Sign

Easy Peasy Canada Day Sign

The white picket fence sign was purchased at Dollarama for $4.

Easy Canada Day Sign Before

All I did was stencil the Canadian flag onto the sign at the same time I stencilled the Adirondack footstool. Same colors - same technique.

Easy Canada Day Sign Stenciled

Next, I created the Oh Canada graphic on PicMonkey and used this Image Transfer Technique to apply it to the top of the sign.

Easy Canada Day Sign with graphic

You're welcome to download the unwatermarked 8.5 x 11 graphic below should you want to make this Canada Day sign.
Once the paint was dry I aged the sign with Van Dyke Brown Glaze by Dixie Belle Paint Company. I dampened an inexpensive chip brush first and then dipped just the tips of my brush into the glaze. With light pressure and long brush strokes across the sign, wiping the excess with a paper towel.

That's it!

As promised here is the materials list...

Materials List

Adirondack Footstool
Canadian Flag Stencil
Low Tack Adhesive Spray
Stencil Brush
Inexpensive Chip Brush
Barn Red Mineral Chalk Paint
Old White Chalk Paint
220 Grit Sandpaper
Varathane Outdoor Satin Clear Coat
White Picket Sign (Dollarama)
Black Fine Tip Permanent Marker
Van Dyke Brown Glaze

Items above that do not include a link can be found in the Interior Frugalista SHOP on Amazon.

Canadian Maple Leaf Adirondack Footstool
Easy Peasy Canada Day Sign

Wishing my fellow Canucks a Happy Canada Day on July 1st!

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Talk Of The Town Party 125

Hello friends, I hope those of you to the south enjoyed your Memorial Day Weekend. We've enjoyed all your patriotic links-ups over the last few weeks. Here in Canada, we are gearing up for Canada Day on July 1st. I hope my fellow canucks link-up some maple leaf projects over the next few weeks. Now let's get this party started...

Welcome back to Talk of the Town!

Talk of the Town link party

First, let's take a look at what you may have missed from your party hosts!

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Here's what we're talking about from last week's party!

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Now, it's your turn!
PLEASE NOTE – There are now *2* separate link-ups; 
the first is for DIY/Vintage/Repurposed links and the second for Recipe Links
Thank you!
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A Welcoming Summer Birdhouse Wreath

Do you have a naked front door? My front door has been wreathless since the holidays. Wreaths add so much charm and curb appeal to a home. A door with a wreath always says welcome, don't you think? Making my welcoming summer birdhouse wreath was long overdue.

The goal for my DIY wreath was that it had to be inexpensive, preferably using items I already had on hand and super easy to make in a jiffy. Most of the items to make mine were purchased at the dollar store or Goodwill - can't get much cheaper than that!

Welcoming Summer Birdhouse Wreath

It all started with this wooden birdhouse door hanger from Goodwill.

Summer Wreath Birdhouse Door Hanger

I contemplated leaving it intact and painting the houses in bright whimsical colors. I also thought about decoupaging each birdhouse with different floral napkins. But my mind kept going towards separating the birdhouses and creating two fun projects; one for our deck and this front door wreath for summer.

Summer Birdhouse Wreath

I'll be sharing what I did with the other two birdhouses next week. Hint, it's forever home on our deck hasn't been built yet but it's going to look adorable once it's finished.

So here's how I did it...

A Welcoming Summer Birdhouse Wreath

These are some of the supplies I used to make mine. 

Summer Birdhouse Wreath Supplies

I've included a Materials List towards the bottom of this post. It contains affiliate links for your convenience so you can see what products I used or recommend to make this project. What that means is that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, I may receive a small portion of any sales at no additional cost to you, which supports the costs of running this site. See my full disclosure policy.

Staining the willow wreath form

I found the willow wreath form at Dollar Tree but wasn't fond of the light color. Using a foam brush and Tobacco Road Voodoo Gel Stain from Dixie Belle Paint Company, I darkened the wreath.

Summer Birdhouse Willow Wreath Stained

Adding faux rose stem leaves

I've had this stash of assorted faux leaves forever. I bet some of them go back at least 30 years.

Summer Birdhouse Wreath Leaf Tub

When going through the tub I found several leaves that were removed from the stems of silk roses used for our daughter's Rustic Wedding Centerpiece Boxes. I attached the leaves with florist wire and overlapped each one until I filled half of the wreath.

Summer Birdhouse Wreath Rose Stem Leaves

Attaching painted birdhouse

I chalk painted one of the birdhouses from the birdhouse door hanger old white and sage green.

Summer Painted Birdhouse Wreath

To make attaching it to the wreath easy I screwed two small eye hooks onto the back of the birdhouse and thread florist wire through the loop and onto the wreath.

Another option would be to staple the center of a long piece of florist wire onto the back of the birdhouse.

Summer Birdhouse Wreath Eye Hooks

Embellishing the wreath

The adorable feathered bird came in a package of six from Dollarama and was hot glued onto the wreath.

The mini grapevine birds nest was removed from the stem of an Easter egg pick also purchased at Dollarama.

Summer Natural Rustic Birdhouse Wreath

The mini roses came from a package of potpourri I've had for many years and hot glued onto the wreath.

Summer Birdhouse Wreath Dried Mini Roses

Hanging a banner

The wooden letter tiles were leftover from a banner I made for the DIY Rustic Wedding Card Caddy at our daughter's wedding. I believe I purchased them at Michaels. I simply strung the letters W E L C O M E through a strand of green jute twine and tied the ends onto the wreath form.

Summer Birdhouse Wreath DIY Banner

I love the added touch of a banner hanging inside a wreath like I did here in my Easy Peasy Fall Wreath.

Summer Birdhouse Wreath Welcome Banner

I much prefer DIYing seasonal wreaths because they are so much fun to make and much easier on the pocketbook.

Summer Front Door Wreath

I have such an affection for birdhouses. They take me back to my childhood where my paternal grandfather built a birdhouse village in the trees in their backyard. So no surprise that I decorate my home with them.

With candlesticks from the dollar store, I made Pedestal Painted Birdhouses for a Spring vignette in the master bedroom. I also made Dollar Store Birdhouses Decoupaged With Napkins.

Materials List

12-inch Willow Wreath Form
Tobacco Road Voodoo Gel Stain
Fabric Rose Petal Leaves (had on hand)
White Mini Roses (from potpourri)
Small Wood Birdhouse (thrift store)
Feathered Bird Pick (Dollarama)
Mini Grapevine Bird Nest (alternatives)
Mini Wood Letter Tiles (Michaels)
Green Jute Twine
Green Florist Wire
Wire Cutters
Eye Hooks
Hot Glue Gun

Items on the list that do not include a link can be found at the Interior Frugalista SHOP on Amazon.

Have I inspired you to take a trip to the dollar store for supplies to make an inexpensive natural rustic wreath for your front door this summer?

Perhaps you don't have the time or desire to make your own. Here are a couple of summer birdhouse wreaths I found that you may like.


A Welcoming Summer Birdhouse Wreath

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