Lately I have been in the mood to try and tidy things up around here. I am planning on making a few garden signs for the back yard and I have been working hard in our side yard the past few days. We have a corner lot and there is a large flower bed that spans the corner of the two streets that was entirely weed infested.
After a few days of hard work, it now looks like this! Now hopefully I can keep on top of it this year and keep the weeds at bay. Wish me luck! I should have taken a before picture… it was sooo bad! And it’s so close to the road that everyone who walks by saw how terrible it was. We have two other beds in that section of our lot, but they were a lot easier to redo, thankfully!
Now it was time to make some new garden signs!
So now that the side yard was looking ok, I decided to turn a little attention to the back yard. I started scrounging through the garage and came up with a few pieces of scrap wood. One of them was a sign I had painted at Christmas this past year. It was just flipped it over and the back side of it got painted. That way if I wanted to, I could use it at Christmas again.
I was all inspired to make some cute signs to hang on the fence in the one corner of the back yard. All three signs were going to be completed in a few hours. Well, I got one done. And still only have one done (sigh)… and this was a few days ago. Ah well. I will get to the other two soon (or so she said!)
I started by painting two coats of outdoor paint left over from our back door onto each sign. You can see the formula in the collage if you’re interested.
I printed off the words I wanted onto a sheet of paper, then traced the outline of them onto the board with graphite paper. Just so you don’t get discouraged when you are painting signs, this is how blaah my sign looked after just one coat of pale pink paint.
I go into a little more detail about hand painting signs here, if you are interested.
I outlined the letters on this garden sign with black and added some yellow highlights, and I also freehanded a few more details.
Now… wish me luck on getting the other two garden signs done and everything hung up!
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