DENHAM SPRINGS -- Using old wood pallets, chalk paint, a stencil and a little bit of creativity, Shelly Frederick says anyone can make their own vintage signs to hang around their house — and for half the cost that retail stores charge.

Frederick showed people exactly how to make their own home décor during a Vintage Art Class at the Arts Council of Livingston Parish (ACLP) last week.

An acrylic painter and ACLP member since the early 2000s, Frederick has led many other classes at the Arts Council in the past covering a wide range of topics, but few as relaxing as last Thursday’s class, she said.

During the class, Frederick showed students a multi-step process of that culminated with a sign that reads, “Home Sweet Home,” with flowers petals on the sides.

“Isn’t this fun?” she asked a mother and daughter as they pulled their stencils off the pallets to reveal their signs. “It’s like opening up a Christmas present.”

Frederick will instruct two other classes at the Arts Council over the next month, starting with a two-session decorative painting class for beginners Sept. 18 and 25. The class will run from 6-8 p.m. at the gallery, located at 133 Hummell Street, and will teach participants the basic brush strokes of decorative painting with acrylic paints.

Class fee is $45 for ACLP members, $50 for non-members, and all supplies are included in the class fee. The class is designed for high school students through adults.

Frederick will later lead a “Happy Fall Y’all” painted sign class from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9. During the class, participants will paint a fall-themed sign to hang in their homes. There’s a $10 supply fee for the class, which will be limited to 10 students.

To register for any class at the Arts Council, visit or call (225) 664-1168.

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