How to Beautify your Garden Path with Brick Word Art

Brick word art is a great way to add a little whimsy and beauty to the garden.

When I was a kid we often painted rocks during the summer. I remember everyone wanted to paint ladybugs and toadstools. Today, there is a huge resurgence in this craft, however the painting is much more sophisticated with intricate hand drawings in an array of colors.

Garden Path with Brick Word Art
Brick word art for the garden.
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Broken down stone garden path.
We have this stone path in the back garden that we use to get to the upper part of our hillside. It really needed to be cleaned up, and some of the stones are missing and/or broken.

Pile of bricks.
As I was walking around the property I noticed this nice pile of bricks and thought they would be a good replacement for some of the stones. Then I thought, why not paint them first?

Patio paints in different colorsI went out and purchased a few paints made specifically to use in outdoor projects, called Patio Paints.

Brick with welcome sticker letters.

I tried using a few stickers to spell out the word welcome, for my first attempt at brick word art.

Brick painted with colored leaf prints.

Using some different leaves painted with the patio paints, I tried stamping the entire brick. When I removed the stickers, I was hoping to be able to see the word “welcome” stick out from the colored paint. However, as you can see, this did not work so well.

Garden words for brick word art.

The next day I started over and printed out three words I thought would be fun in the garden.

Feel free to print these for yourself.
If you would like some floral art to work with check out my article on coloring book journals.

Brick with black paint and the word bloom glued on.

This time I painted the brick black first. Then I cut out a word and glued it to the black paint.

Brick with white paint on top of bloom.

Next came a layer of white paint. It’s just like when you use rubber bands for coloring Easter eggs. First you dye the egg in one color, then wrap a rubber band around it and dip it in a second color.

Final look of bloom brick word art.

When you remove the rubber band, the first color shows through. Same idea here but with paper letters.

Tips: Use a heavier card stock weight for the letters.  Also, if you want, leave a little bit of the card stock between each letter to help with spacing.

Garden brick at the bottom of path.

Touch up with a little black or white paint as needed, and place them in the garden.

Grow brick in the middle of path.

I decided against a protective top coat although they do exist. You could probably use spray poly.

I really want them to look rustic. I’m thinking I can always retouch them, or make new ones in the future, if I don’t like the way they look by the end of summer, or next season.

New garden path with brick word art.

For now they are a big help in our little stone path and we love the way they look. 

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About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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Comments

  1. What a simple, yet beautiful, way to dress up your garden. I love it!

    • Hi Jen,

      Thanks! I really like the way they turned out. Sometimes I need to remind myself to keep it simple!

      Have a great week and thanks for stopping by,
      Patti

  2. What a neat project – I love this and I’m realizing I say this a lot when I come over to visit. This idea would look neat implemented next to my Startle Garden at the new property because I’m planning on installing three areas of gardening and I could do a walk path between each one. Another great idea and making some with just larger leafs would be neat too and guess what? I was a rock painter too – my aunt used them to keep the tablecloths from flying away when we ate outside. Hugs!

    • Hi Carole,

      I know it’s the mutual admiration society between the two of us. 🙂
      I always appreciate your kinds comments.

      Have a great week my friend,
      Patti

  3. Thanks for including a link to my butterfly stepping stone. I have painted designs on bricks but not words, I think I need to. I was sent a bunch of stencils from a craft company and this would be a great project for those. I want to try their glow in the dark varnish as well. Having the words light up at night will be neat. If it works, of course, many times I ideas flop. 🙂

    • Hi Pamela,

      Your painted butterfly stones are so pretty and I know my readers will love it. Also, I love the glow in the dark idea. How clever! Thanks for sharing and have a great week!
      Patti

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