Good Morning friends! I’m Beth from Sawdust and Embryos, and it’s always such a pleasure to stop in each month and get creative all up in here!

We all have (or know someone who has) brutal football rivalries going on in our immediate families. ‘House Divided’ if you will. So I’m going to show you how to make this ‘Broken’ Bracket-shaped Wall Art using simple pine 1×4’s!

'House Divided' Broken Bracket-Shaped Sign {Sawdust and Embryos}

I did a google search for bracket-shapes, chose one I liked, printed it onto a transparency, and projected it (using an overhead projector) onto some paper I had taped on the wall. I traced the shape, cut it out with scissors, and used this as a template for drawing this shape onto the 1×4’s! Then I cut out the shape on each board using a scroll saw. Bracket-shaped Barn Board Sign {Sawdust and Embryos}

Next, I drew a jagged line diagonally across the bracket-shape with a pencil.

Creating a 'broken' Bracket Shaped Sign {Sawdust and Embryos}

…and drilled holes on each point…

Creating a broken 'bracket' shaped plaque {Sawdust and Embryos}

We slapped some wood glue between each board, and cut a 1/4” piece of plywood to shape for each ‘side’ and nailed it down with a brad nailer.

Creating a Broken Bracket Plaque 'House Divided' {Sawdust and Embryos}

I very gently sanded everything down with 220 grit. Those jagged edges are delicate! Then slap on some paint! I followed my Weathered Wood Tutorial which is so simple! PAINT, SAND, STAIN! WE used Rustoleum Golden Oak because we didn’t want it to be too dark. We wanted the woodgrain to pop through!

Faux 'barn boards' {Sawdust and Embryos}

Broken Bracket Sign 'House Divided' {Sawdust and Embryos}

Next, I did an images search for logos for the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers, and this is what I came up with.

Chicago Bears Logo Green_Bay_Packers


Please note that it is illegal to reproduce a licensed logo like these (or ANY other design that doesn’t belong to you) for PROFIT. I made these as a gift for a family member, so it’s not an issue. For this reason, you won’t see us selling these on our Etsy Shop!

So I printed each logo onto a transparency and projected them onto each board individually and traced with a white colored pencil.

House Divided Sign {Sawdust and Embryos}

And now it’s basically a coloring book page! I used acrylic paints, and just did my best to stay in the lines! I know this seems tedious to some, but hand painting is soooo therapeutic for me!

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I did two coats of each color (more for the orange… for some reason didn’t has as good of coverage), and I called this project DONE!

'House Divided' Broken Bracket-Shaped Sign {Sawdust and Embryos}

Nick put some comb hooks on the back of each half, and we slapped those bad boys on the wall for pictures!

DIY Bracket-Shaped 'House Divided' Sign {Sawdust and Embryos}

DIY 'Broken' bracket-shaped sign HOUSE DIVIDED {Sawdust and Embryos}

Obviously you could do this with any teams/sports! It’s such a fun way to embrace your ‘House Divided’!

DIY Bracket-shaped 'broken' HOUSE DIVIDED sign! {Sawdust and Embryos}

Huge thanks to Brooke for letting me contribute to her AMAZING blog each month! I’m suuuuper honored! Please feel free to hop on over to my blog Sawdust and Embryos for more fun projects! We just finished a a fun ‘Herringbone Patchwork Accent Wall’ in our twins’ big-girl room… you gotta see it! Sawdust and Embryos

Have an inspired weekend everyone!


  1. Lois says

    I wish I had seen this years ago. My family were all Steeler fans until my youngest came home from school in third grade and announced football season was boring because we all liked the same team. His new team would be the cowboys. :-). I so would have done my laundry room like yours.

  2. Shirley says

    OMG I LOVE THIS!!! My brother is such a huge Bears fan and his wife is a Cowboys fan, but he has slowly been taking over the home decor with Bears stuff. I would love to do this for them for Christmas and help my SIL get a little of her team in the house!

  3. says

    Hi – I just came across your DIY of a House Divided: Bears / Packers. My son (the Bears fan) is marrying his fiance (the Packers fan) in October, 2015. I would LOVE to get this for them! Is it possible to hire you to make this for me? What would the cost be? The exact size you created, specifications, etc. Can you please let me know at your earliest convenience? They would LOVE this and this DIY is a bit over my head. But a fantastic design!

    Thank you,
    Donna Fiedler

    • says

      Hi Donna! Unfortunately we’re not making/selling these due to NFL copyright issues. It’s illegal to use any of their logos for a profit. AND! We just had a baby, so we’re not doing much of anything these days. LOL! So sorry!

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