Cute little garden signs are a great way to add charm and character to your outdoor gardens. Using just some plain wooden garden stakes found at a thrift store, I was able to add some fun garden signs to the flower gardens in my landscaping. Each DIY fun garden sign was made in just one afternoon.
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Have you ever found something at a thrift store and just had to buy it but have no idea what you are going to actually do with it? That is how I came to own these two small little unfinished picket signs in my craft stash. Months later, I have finally made some adorable garden signs.
There they were, just sitting on the display shelf in a pile of other random items at the thrift store.
For only $1 for both of them, they were a great deal to snatch up.
At the time I found them, my first thought was to make some yard signs for Christmas. But the Christmas season came and went and the little wood picket signs were still in my craft stash.
Make a cute garden sign instead!
I just couldn’t find the inspiration for the right words for a Christmas sign, and they were a bit small to actually display on a front lawn. Christmas signs are usually more like the larger yard signs and not like these smaller garden stake versions I found.
Eventually, I realized they were a better size for a garden pot or as a garden stake in a flower bed and had to change the idea for the project.
After a few quick searches on Pinterest and Cricut Design Space®, I was finally inspired to create some fun garden signs for the Spring and Summer seasons.
I know I found mine at a thrift store, but you can recreate your own version of this same project from wooden garden signs or a yard stake found on Amazon.
The first part of this project was fairly simple and quick. I just picked out two pastel-colored acrylic paints and painted the main sections of the picket signs.
I didn’t add paint to the actual picket stake part because that part will be in the dirt along with the plants and I have no idea how well they will adapt to acrylic paints in the dirt with them. Best to skip painting that part.
Then I cut out the two phrases on my Cricut Joy® machine and attached them to the painted signs. I picked one phrase available in the Cricut Design Space® and one I created myself.
And promptly forgot to photograph the signs with just the sayings on them. That is just how it rolls sometimes when you are busy crafting.
I used Permanent Cricut Smart Vinyl™ that I have used before on outdoor projects and have found it to be very weatherproof and durable.
This is one of those projects, that slowly morphed and grew in detail as I worked on it anyway.
Originally I just planned to design and cut out the wording on my Cricut Joy® machine, attach them to the painted signs, and call it done. I chose white vinyl because it was what I had in my stash and it looked so fresh against the pastel colors of the painted signs.
But then I took a good look at them, and decided they needed more whimsical character in the details.
Crafters and designers just need to tweak things a bit.
So I pulled out more paint colors and brushes and started adding some fun details.
One sign got pretty flowers and easy-to-paint ladybugs.
The second one got a little gnome figure. This was my first time painting a gnome. It was surprisingly very easy and made such a cute little sign.
Over a day, I just kept going back to the signs and adding more details. I finished off the details and the edges of each little figure with craft markers.
The final step was to seal each sign against the weather and the elements with Minwax Polycrylic spray coating.
I wasn’t sure if this would work well over the vinyl cutouts, so I researched online to get other crafter’s opinions.
The opinion was that it could be used over vinyl so I tried it after allowing the paint to dry overnight. I didn’t experience any problems with the paint or the vinyl by using the product on the wooden garden signs.
Since my flower beds are really bare at this time, I decided to display my fun little garden signs in a flower pot. Now, I just need to buy some plants!
These DIY fun garden signs are the perfect size for a small space in my garden area.
If you are looking for a wide variety of outdoor garden signs that are both cute and adorable, below are some great options for custom signs I found from some great Etsy sellers:
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