Scrap Wood Easter Signs

5-DSCF3428Easter Eggs and Bunny Trail Signs

We have been enjoying really nice weather so I took advantage of warmer days to work on some wood projects. Since the weather turned a bit cooler and drizzly I thought I should finally get this posted before the holiday comes and goes. 😉

I didn’t get pics of the steps like I should have…I kinda got carried away until the photo op was gone.

3-DSCF3419The St. Patrick’s Day shamrock signs did so well I decided to go ahead and make quite a few of the Easter signs. That may or may not have been a great idea. I’ve had them on local Facebook selling pages for about a week and even though they are selling, it has been slow going. Hmm…only time will tell. Oh well, if they don’t sell, then I guess I’ll be gifting friends, family and neighbors. :)

Like the shamrock signs, I used scrap pallet wood.

1-DSCF3411My Cricut came in handy once again for creating my stencils.

2-DSCF3420Unfortunately I didn’t have a bunny on any of my cartridges so I had to hunt through my pattern books to find the shape I was envisioning, then I cut that stencil by hand.

4-DSCF3424The eggs were requested by a previous customer. I thought they turned out pretty cute. I have already sold out of the pink eggs.

My favorite is the bunny trail sign.


Signs-Patriotic & Then Some

5-DSCF1268Signs-Patriotic & Then Some

1-DSCF1257Never one to throw out anything, it was no surprise that I saved the little scraps of siding from the repair on our old garage.

2-DSCF1258I had a few other boards that I had also been hoarding, so I used both board types for signs.

3-DSCF1260A red, white and blue patriotic theme was what I was leaning toward, but I had recently made several new stencils with my Cricut and I wanted to use them all.

4-DSCF1262I kept the color theme, but not all of the signs turned out patriotic.6-DSCF1273

This board was a little bigger than the others, so I modified my “Ranch Rules” stencil.



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More Stenciled Signs

09-DSCN6138I love, love, love the way this sign turned out.

We were invited to the wedding of one of my son’s friends. My son was/is in the wedding, but the rest of us were unable to go as we have company for the weekend. I still wanted to send a special gift. The registry looked like it was pretty well taken care of by other guests, so I decided to come up with something on my own.

06-DSCN6129I used my Cricut and the fonts I had available to come up with my stencil. This actually took the longest to do.

Once it was cut, arranged and taped the way I wanted it…

07-DSCN6130…I made up my sign board. I had measured the stencil, so I had a general idea of the size I was going for. Scrounging through the wood scraps, I found enough pieces for the front…

08-DSCN6132and two braces for the back. I glued the braces and also connected them with wood screws. FYI: The sign size was approximately 19″ x 22″.

Once stenciled, I added two sawtooth hooks to the back braces and it was done.

10-DSCN6140I didn’t think wrapping paper was going to work for this gift. It was too heavy and I was sure the paper would be torn around the braces before it got to the wedding. Out came my stash of upholstery fabric and a custom tote was made. I, of course, had to add a little bit of shabby yummy-ness to tie the handles closed.

11-DSCN6102I made several of these signs as graduation gifts. The boards were horizontal door panels from a couple of old doors that were coming apart. I dry brushed the surfaces with flat white paint and made the stencil with my Cricut. The wire hanger is rusty baling wire.



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Vintage Bucket Planters

Amazing what a little paint can do!

This ice cream maker could be mine from my own childhood, but it isn’t. I picked it up recently at a yard sale for $1. It doesn’t work, and with as much rust as it had on it, I wouldn’t want to put food in it anyway. That’s okay. My vision was to make it into a planter.

I also had this wobbly bucket in my stash of junk treasures. The tole painting may have been kinda cute at one time, but it didn’t really have the dated look I was looking for. I decided since I was going to make a planter from the ice cream bucket, I would do the same with this bucket.

Time to get them ready for transformation. I removed the motor and canister from the ice cream bucket. I was going to take the handles off, but the screws and bolts were so rusted, I gave up after about an hour. Using a little muscle, I removed the top part of the handles. These pieces held the motor in place. I decided the rest of the handles wasn’t to bad, so they stayed.

The other wooden bucket required a lot of wood glue to tighten it up. I also removed the worn out rope handles.

Both buckets received a fresh coat of paint.

I made stencils with my Cricut.

I chose the words to match the original life of each bucket.

Sanding gave them the age I was looking for. I added braided twine handles to the smaller bucket.

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Rustic Stenciled Signs

Another project from The House.

Since I couldn’t stand to see anything go to waste, I even salvaged siding pieces that were cracked and/or broken. In most instances there was a section large enough to cut several lengths for signs.

I made a variety of one-word stencils…

…then cut boards a couple inches longer for each stencil.

I dry brushed the fronts of each board with paint from my stash. When that was dry, I centered a stencil on top and painted the word.

Rusty baling wire was added for the hanger.

I might have gotten carried away, but I think they came out pretty good!

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