It’s no secret that making garden flair for any growing space is my kind of fun. This sign is no exception and after mixing my two favorite things, flowers and positive words I was inspired.
Let me walk you through the creative process because this is one project, you’ll want to make more than once.
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Supplies and Getting Started
Project details begin with Dixie Belle Paint, Cutting Edge Stencils and positive message stencil from Studio R12.
Before we dive right in let’s talk about this piece of wood. I used 2 ft. of a 2 x 10 pine board, that’s it! Nothing more and nothing less because this beauty offered the perfect design space.
Wood can be purchased new at any home improvement store and you’ll want to make sure it’s quality, meaning the board isn’t warped.
Most 2 x 8’s come in 8 ft. so it will need to be cut. I used our table saw; if that isn’t an option then have someone with more experience cut it for you or ask the store attendant. Home depot offers one free cut on all their wood.
One board will give you 4 sign opportunities so you could even make one for a friend.
- One 2 x 10 eight- ft. pine board cut into four 2 ft. pieces. If you already have a 2 ft. board, then grab and sand it.
- Saw and Sand Paper
- Dixie Belle Paint – for this project I used Lemonade and Stormy Seas, purchase here.
- The floral and wheat sprigs came from Cutting Edge Stencils, purchase here.
- Studio R12 Life is beautiful Stencil here
- Stencil brush, rag, tape, and paper plate for staining and stenciling will also be necessary.
Get started by sanding the board after it’s cut then follow through with paint staining all sides of the board.
I used stormy seas for this technique which can be found here. Paint staining is a matter of rubbing the paint into the wood grain leaving behind a light natural appearance. Dixie Belle paint makes this step so easy and they have a wide variety of colors to pick from.
Once the board is dry then arrange your stencils to see how you want things to look.
My best advice is to keep it simple, let the message stand out and complement the flower choice. Cutting Edge Stencils has a fantastic selection of floral; I used anemone.
Transferring Stencils to Board
In keeping things simple I transferred the stencils with one color, lemonade from Dixie Belle. This is such a fun color because it’s light and crisp.
Working with these lighter colors’ over a basic white adds interest.
Use tape to keep your stencil from moving and if you’re new to stenciling, tips can be found here.
How to clean your stencils click here;and remember to quality paint, clean right away and your stencils will last a long time.
Finished Board and How to Use
Once the boards are finished, I recommend using a clear coat to protect for longevity. Dixie belle has fantastic options my favorite would be their clear coat.
I actually made two boards, the Dream like anything’s possible is used indoors. I like to place it over the sink allowing me to slide dishes in but not have to wash right away. I call this out of sight out of mind and with limited counter space this pretty addition helps.
But what I really like is to use these boards in the garden because they add a little artistic goodness. They would even look neat with small clay pots sitting on top.
This is an easy project that doesn’t take but an afternoon to complete and adds so much to the outdoors. It would also make a great workshop project, something to share with friend or teach others.
If the idea of teaching a workshop sparks interest, check out my book Make and Take Workshops here.
These boards can be placed in resting or blooming raised beds and sometimes I even like to place them in front of the beds when the growing season is in high gear.
Making inspirational garden flair doesn’t need to be complicated. This is a simple way to personalize your garden and add positive thoughts at the same time.