DIY Garden Sign

I’ve been working like crazy in the background here.  I have had a few sponsored posts (one with a giant giveaway coming up this weekend), I’m taking a course on improving the blog and increasing readership and I’m writing a book.  An Ebook actually – which you are going to LOVE – but it has me crafting and building left right and centre for this, for that, for the other.

I’m excited.

A bit tired and overwhelmed, but excited!

This DIY garden sign project was created while I was creating content for the Ebook.  The colours are ones I’ve used in a previous project, and I couldn’t resist using them again on something else.

How about an easy sign for your garden?

You will need:

  • 1″ x 6′ cedar (one plank at about 6 feet long)   (2.5cm x 15.2 by 1.8m long)
  • 10  2″ deck screws  (5cm)
  • 4″ x 4″ ground spike  (10cm by 10cm)
  • 4″ x 4″ x 8′ pressure treated post.  (10cm x 10cm x 2.44m)
  • tester pots of outdoor paint

Tools:

  • drill
  • ratchet
  • mitre saw
  • paint brush
  • axe or large mallet

Steps:

1. Cut your cedar plank down to ~20″ (51cm) pieces.  You can have varying sizes if you want, but remember that the post is 4″ wide, so for aesthetics, you’ll want to be at least 16″ (40.6cm).

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2.  Mark the centre of each piece of wood at the end.

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3.  Set up your mitre saw at a 45 degree angle and cut from that centre mark to the outer edge.

4.  Measure the distance from the end of the board to where the cut ended and mark this same distance on the other side.  Flip your board over and cut another 45 degree angle to make an arrow.  Repeat this on all of your boards.

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5.  Give your boards a light sanding if you wish (not necessary) and then paint in whatever colours you choose.  I found a roll of wrapping paper that had these amazing rainbow shades in it, so I had each colour made up in a tester pot.

6.  This is important – remember to paint both sides of each board.  You’ll only see one side of your garden sign, but if you screw up (like I did) and need to change the direction of your sign, it’s much easier to flip over than to paint over.

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7.  I used the Silhouette machine to cut my words and distances, but you could just as easily print them on printer paper, lay the paper over the board, then press firmly and trace the outline of each letter.  This would give you an indent of each letter that you could paint, or use a sharpie, to fill in.

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8.  Here you can see my screw up.  I was so excited to get all of my boards labelled, that I didn’t pay attention to the fact that (from where I live) Toronto is North and Port St. Lucie, FL is south…. I accidentally had all of the arrows pointing the same way.  UGH!  It’s okay, flip the garden sign over, change direction and add new letters.  I’m such a dough-head!

9.  Once stickers are placed or sharpie/paint is dry, add a light coat of varnish.

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9.  Put a piece of scrap would in your ground spike (thank you Papa – I would have screwed that up as well) and pound it with a mallet or blunt end of an axe into your garden/yard.  Unless you live on rock, this really isn’t that difficult and doesn’t require a lot of muscle – plus it helps release a bit of pent up aggression energy.

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10.  Lay out your signs on your 4’x4′ post (10cm x 10cm x 2.44m) and drill into place using deck screws (two per board should be sufficient)

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11. Loosen the bolts on the side of your ground spike until your 4’x4′ (10cm x 10cm x 2.44m) post fits inside it.  Tighten the bolts back up again with your ratchet.

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You’re done!
I attached an extra board with no location on it so I had a complete rainbow.  This garden sign is easy to take down, label, and return later once we’ve travelled someplace.  (Ideally south, so my sign is more balanced lol)

 

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I’ve chosen to use locations that we’ve travelled as a family, but you could label them “Grandma’s House, Park, School” etc.  or indicate what was at each location like “Disney, Ripley’s Aquarium” etc.

Over time I hope to add more than few locations as a testimony/nostalgia for fun things that we’ve done together.  The bright colours certainly add to the yard as well, and act as a piece of garden art.

If you had to buy everything for this project you’d be looking at roughly $55.  (Don’t panic Hubby) Fortunately, my Step-Dad had an extra stake and I already had deck screws – and the tester pots are being used for several other projects.  Not bad really when you think of the years of enjoyment you’ll get from it.

Are you curious to see what else is coming in those gorgeous rainbow shades?  Ebook is coming soon!

Have a great one!

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2017-10-10T15:36:43-04:00May 21st, 2015|BUILD IT, DIY|4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Margaret May 23, 2015 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    Wow Shelly look at you soar! I cannot wait for the unveiling of your E-book!

  2. the cape on the corner May 29, 2015 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    i love this, and you made it so colorful. it’s always fun to see these out, you know? we were in napa, ca in march and one of the wine tasting rooms had one that included philly, where i’m from. it was a heck of a ways away, lol.
    enjoy!
    b

    • Shelly @ 100Things2Do.ca June 8, 2015 at 9:29 am - Reply

      I can see it from my bedroom window each day and the colours make me smile and the places inspire me to add more. It’s like a giant flower (one that I’ll be REALLY treasuring come winter). Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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