Making this wooden sign for my porch for Halloween is the perfect way to let our friends and neighbors know that we support the Teal Pumpkin Project.
About the Teal Pumpkin Project
The teal pumpkin project is all about including kids with allergies in Halloween festivities, especially trick-or-treating. Providing non-food treats means that all kids are able to participate.
Teal Pumpkin Project Decor
Here’s how I created some teal pumpkin project decor for my porch, including a fun DIY wooden sign.
- chop saw
- orbital sander
- 100 grit sandpaper disc
- dust mask and safety glasses
- FLEXiO 4000
- white paint
- vinyl decal
How to Make a Teal Pumpkin Project Wooden Sign
1. Cut the plywood to the size you desire - mine is 20x20 - using the chop saw.
2. Sand the plywood pieces to smooth it out, which will also help the paint to adhere better. Be sure to brush off any dust.
3. Prepare the FLEXiO 4000 according to the instructions. Always check your pressure control on the power dial, the direction of the iSpray nozzle and the material flow.
4. Spray the plywood with white paint and allow to dry. I did not need to do a second coat since I used a very good paint and primer in one.
5. Be sure the paint is thoroughly dry, then adhere the vinyl transfer using the instructions provided on the package of the material you're using or the decals you've purchased.
Tips for Using the FLEXiO 4000
Always check your pressure control on the power dial.
Adjust the material flow according to the material you are using.
Hold the sprayer 6-8 inches from the surface.
For the best results, I highly suggest thoroughly reading through the instructions on how to assemble and use the sprayer. Likewise, be sure to do a test spray and practice with the included spray poster. Here are some other tips:
- Start with a good quality paint, I used Behr Premium Plus Ultra in white for the sign.
- Take the time to set up the Flexio 4000 sprayer correctly - find INSTRUCTIONS AND TIPS HERE.
- Always hold the sprayer about 6-8 inches from the surface and move the sprayer in smooth even passes across your surface.
- Finally, allow the paint to dry completely before adding another coat or touching up any spots.
How to Paint Teal Pumpkins
Start with craft pumpkins, teal paint, and the FLEXiO 4000 for some fun, fast teal pumpkin project decor. I had some teal paint leftover from my Cinder Block Shelves project, so that’s what I used.
1. Cover the pumpkin stems with painters tape.
2. Set the craft pumpkins on top of a board supported by two sawhorses. This allows you to move around them easily.
3. Set up the FLEXiO 4000 using the steps and tips from above, however, this time use the Detail Finish nozzle, which is perfect for smaller projects.
4. Spray the pumpkins and let dry.
5. Once the paint is totally dry, you can decorate them further with glitter, ribbons or whatever you like.
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