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diy project: paint-by-number hex symbol coasters

by Halligan

Hex signs are a form of traditional Pennsylvania Dutch folk art. They have been painted on the sides of barns to ward off evil spirits, offer good fortune or wish happiness for hundreds of years. These sentiments are perfect for the harvest season! Here is a colorful interpretation for your Thanksgiving table to wish all your guests health and prosperity for the holiday season. — Halligan

CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump!


  • wood log (or you can purchase pre-made cut pieces here or here or here)
  • 4 paint colors + white paint
  • clear fast-drying waterproof sealant
  • paintbrushes
  • carbon paper or tracing paper to make your own carbon paper
  • pencil and ballpoint pen
  • computer and printer
  • tape
  • miter saw and sandpaper (if not purchasing pre-made stump pieces)


1. Print out templates to the size of your wood. I made my images large in case you have a large circle of wood. You can shrink by scaling down the print-size percentage.

2. If you did not purchase your log pieces, cut 1/2″ to 3/4″ thick rings out of your wood log. My log was about 4″ in diameter. Sand surfaces until smooth.

3. Cut out paper design circles and a carbon paper circle the same size. If you can’t find carbon paper (don’t forget to look in your check book), you can make your own with tracing paper and pencil lead. Instructions here.

4. Tape both layers on top of the wood, with the carbon paper facing the wood and the design facing up, and use a ballpoint pen to trace design.

5. After the design is lightly lined, paint all shapes in with a thin layer of white paint.

6. Use your paint-by-numbers guides to paint colors.

7. Seal with a quick-drying clear sealant.

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