A friend of my husband's gave him several of these fence pieces because he thought I might like them. Well OF COURSE I liked them. I've been using one piece 'as is' on my porch from time to time with seasonal signs hanging on it but I decided I wanted to use a piece in my garden.
I love using napkins for lots of projects but this is the first time I've used them this way. I bought some pretty ones at the party store. Using a piece of tape, you simply tap the back, white layers of the napkins and separate them from the printed side. Just toss the white and keep the printed piece. I applied a really thick layer of Mod Podge to the boards and then laid the napkin piece on. I gently applied another really thick layer of Mod Podge and then let dry. It doesn't matter if some of it tears -- you'll be sanding and distressing anyway.
Here you can see the difference between the unsanded and the sanded boards. I used my electric sander but you could use a sanding block or sand paper if you want.
I wanted to make a sign to hang from the fence and I love this saying. It definitely suits my garden! I just printed the words on copy paper and then used graphite paper to trace the letters. Using a very fine point artist brush, I painted the words with acrylic paint, than sanded lightly.
I also did a white wash on the rest of the wood that was not decorated. I like how that part kind of blends into the siding. I also did two very thick coats of matte polyurethane to seal this. I guess if you use a different type of Mod Podge you wouldn't need to do that. I also sealed the garden sign as that was also done with acrylic paint which would not withstand the elements.
This garden got a new border this year. I'm just collecting plates from the thrift stores and garage sales and burying them halfway. Once the grass fills in, it will look a lot neater. I opted to do small and large plates but you could do all small, all large, all the same color -- whatever you want. They are holding up well and I've used my electric trimmer against them with no issues.
This would be a great project using a pallet as well or any scrap wood for that matter. Summer is my FAVORITE season and I love creating new little 'surprises' for the garden!
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