Monday, May 22, 2017

Napkin Decorated Garden Fence

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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14 comments:

  1. That's a very cool project! I love mod podge and have a lot of scrap wood in the garage. Time to get crafting!

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  2. Oh Lauren, your fence piece that you created for your garden is just beautiful, and I love the sign, too. The thrifted plate edging is just darling! I have done napkins with mod podge and it is very easy, but I haven't done it in quite awhile. Thank you for sharing your newest project with us.

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  3. What a neat way to use pretty napkins. I once tried to decoupage Christmas baubbles, but the project didn't go well.

    I also like the vintage plate borders. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Oh, how pretty! I would never have thought to do something like this with napkins. Sometimes, they are so pretty, it feels like such a waste to just use them for their intended purpose! Thanks for this amazing idea. :)

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  5. That is just too cute! And, the plate edging, I've never seen that before, what a great idea! Enjoyable post!

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  6. I love your little fence! what a wonderful idea to use the napkins and I agree that using the protective layers over top are very important.
    I love your plate border as well! I have one like that as well, and it is such a delight to see in the yard! It also helps to keep the grass out of the flower bed!
    Enjoy your time in your yard this summer!

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  7. Hmm! I have some gorgeous tea napkins that need to be put to good use! I have used Modpodge for this before, but had forgotten all about it! I love the great ideas you shared today including how to make your sign too! I have a little garden area I am working on, and these are great ideas to add creative touches to it. What a great use for those plates too! Oh my, you've got my creative juices flowing with this post! Happy to meet you today :)

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  8. Well what a unique way to decorate your fence and the plates are great!
    Thank you for sharing on Friday Features this week!
    Hugs
    Karren

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  9. Beautifully done! Love it! You will be one of our features at next week's Brag About It Link Party! Hope you can join us Tuesday!

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  10. Oh I love everything about this! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm--pinned! p.s. I have china plate borders around several of my rose bushes (from the thrift stores, of course!)

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  11. What a creative idea! Looks so cute! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

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  12. That fence sign is speaking my language! Love the sentiment and how pretty those fence boards look decoupaged with pretty paper. Love this idea!
    Marie|The Interior Frugalista

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    1. Thanks Marie - I'm following you now -- oh my I love your blog!

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