Handpainted Uncle Sam Picket How-To

Patriotic Uncle Sam Picket


Completed Uncle Sam Picket


I was recently offered several free picket fence posts.  Of course, I said YES!  Now, I need to decide what to do with them.

In honor of the upcoming holiday Uncle Sam was my first project.


Uncle Sam Supplies


Paint:  We used Red, White, Blue, Black, Beige, Flesh and a shiny Metallic Silver from Ceramcoat.

Note:  I prefer Delta Ceramcoat for ALL my craft painting because it takes less coats, applies smoothly and has beautiful colors however, it is getting harder and harder to find in local stores.

Paint Brush

Clear Coat

Note:  We prefer Clear Krylon Non-Yellowing Indoor/Outdoor and it can be found at most your local retailers.

A thin narrow strip of wood (for the hat brim)

Pencil, Toothpick and Q-tip (for detailing)

Uncle Sam Directions:

Draw a light rough draft of the expected design onto the wood. 

Note:  I simply penciled in the generic lines for the bottom of the hat, the face and the coat so that I would have a feel for the dimensions I might want to use.

Step #1 Uncle Sam

Begin by painting two base coats on each of the following: face in flesh, pants in white and hat in beige

Note:  By painting the layers that should “appear” to be in the back first you will be able to control the impression of the top layers much better.

Step #2 Uncle Sam

Once dry, add two blue base coats to the hat brim, shoes and coat

Step #3 Uncle Sam Picket copy

Let Dry

Add red stripes to the hat and pants.  As you can see I did not concern myself with straight lines.

Note:  If you are concerned with straight lines you can use the edge of a paper or ruler or draw and fill in the lines.

Step 4 Uncle Sam Picket

Let Dry 

Add cheeks and eyes.

Let Dry

For pointers on this click here.

Uncle Sam Face


Base coat his beard- lightly brushing into the edge of the blue coat to create a feathered effect.  Add a mustache and eyebrows in white.

Let Dry Completely.

Apply a second coat of white paint and while paint is still damp dip brush tips in silver/grey paint and stroke/blend into white paint to create a “hair” effect in the beard then repeat with the mustache.

Note:  Paint the mustache strokes over the beard to once again give it the layered look.

Let Dry Completely

Paint nose in the rose color  (I used a q-tip to give it a “rosy glow”.)

Let Dry Completely

Attach the hat brim with tiny brad nails.

Move to a well ventilated area and seal with a minimum of two coats of outdoor sealant.  (We prefer Krylon.)

Completed Uncle Sam Picket

Enjoy your Uncle Sam for years to come.

Please remember that each Uncle Sam should be unique in his own way.

I put this one together in just an hour or so (not including sealing) and I guarantee the next will not be identical as my projects always vary when I am free handing.

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Update:  We also created this adorable set of shelves from those free pickets.  You can find the instructions for those here.

Handmade Picket Bookshelf

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