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DIY Rustic Word Art
Designer Ally Whalen gives tips for a simple and beautiful DIY art piece.
We recently toured interior designer Ally Whalen’s North Carolina home where she decorates with a mix of cottage classics, rustic modern statement pieces and plenty of creative charm. If you missed it, catch up on her tour here! We were smitten with her custom living room DIY rustic word art piece so she gave us her... Keep Scrolling
Written by Meryl Schoenbaum
Photography by Bret Gum
Styling by Jickie Torres


We recently toured interior designer Ally Whalen’s North Carolina home where she decorates with a mix of cottage classics, rustic modern statement pieces and plenty of creative charm. If you missed it, catch up on her tour here! We were smitten with her custom living room DIY rustic word art piece so she gave us her tips on how to make one for yourself.

DIY rustic cottage word art above a shabby painted fireplace
Ally’s living room showcases the natural elements that she likes to add to a space, such as bamboo Roman shades and wicker chairs. “Any room benefits from a piece of wicker,” Ally says.

How to Make Your Own DIY Rustic Word Art

  1. Find an old pallet (sometimes big-box stores will let you have them at no charge).
  2. Search for a stencil of a quote you want to use (stencilsonline.com is a good source).
  3. Pull apart the pallet to gather the wood, remove the old nails and sand down all the pieces very well to eliminate splinters.
  4. Cut approximately nine pieces the same length.

    DIY rustic cottage word art.
    Place your DIY art piece on a mantle or hang it up on a naked wall or as part of a gallery.
  5. Lay out the pieces on the floor, and nail a few of them across the back so they stay together.
  6. Place the stencil in the desired area, and paint over the quote (acrylic paint works well).
  7. Add a few contrasting stripes if desired.
  8. Hang the plaque on a wall, or rest it on a mantel and layer it with other decorative objects like books and candles.

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