4.24.2012

Wooden Flower Garden Sign {Mother’s Day Idea!}

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and I have been busy creating the perfect Mother’s Day gift for my mom! Growing up – (and still to this day) my mom loved her garden and her yard. She has a lawn mower that no one is allowed to touch and almost every time I stop by to say hello, she is out in the yard watering or pulling weeds – or just looking at all her beautiful flowers. Since that is one of her passions – I thought it would be fun to make her a cute little sign for her garden. My kids call her “Nana” I made it to say “Nana’s Flower Garden.”

Wooden Garden Sign (27) copy

I was so excited to participate in Plaid's Mother's Day Campaign because it gave me the boost I needed to get my hinny in gear for Mother’s Day. When the box from Plaid arrived on the doorstep I couldn’t believe all the amazing product that I had to choose from:

Martha Stewart Craft Supplies

For my project I used the pearl paint, a large paint brush, the flower stencils, serif letter stencils, stencil tape and stencil brushes. But first I did the prep work – I picked out a bunch of wood from our never ending wood pile and cut it into different lengths. You can find a full tutorial for doing that here. I wanted to have a couple base colors of brown and ivory so I sprayed painted them -  and then came the fun part!! I used the pearl paint and painted the planks different colors. I knew that I was going for a worn and weathered look so I brushed the paint on a little bit wonky and added a few layers so when I sanded some different colors would show through.

How to Make Planks for a wooden sign

After the bases were dry – I got out the stencils and got to work. I have stenciled a few things before but it was never as easy as it was for this project! Those little stencil brushes make a world of difference!!
1. I picked out the letters and flowers that I wanted to stencil.
2. Using the stencil tape, I taped the stencil to the wood.
3. Using the smallest stencil brush, I stenciled the paint on.
When you stencil – make sure you tape it to the side of your paint puddle to clean off a lot of the excess paint
Not a lot of paint is key!!

How do I stencil

When all my planks were stenciled and dried – I used my sander and sanded them down a bit to add that worn and weathered look. Then I added two pieces of wood to the back and screwed them into each plank – and was done!!

Wooden Garden Sign (19) copy

I love that it is pearly and shiny and fun!!
I made the wood stakes a little bit longer so my mom can stake it into her yard wherever she wants and won’t need anything to prop it up with. I cut them at an angle so she (or my dad!!) can drive them into the ground easier. I didn’t drive the sign in for the pictures because I want it to be all nice and pretty when I give it to her! The only regret I have is that I wish I would have used a darker color for “Garden” so you can see it a bit better – Oh well! just a little too “weathered” I guess! hee.hee.

Wooden Garden Sign Collage

Wooden Garden Sign (29) copy

Thank you so much, Plaid Crafts, for offering all of these amazing supplies for this project.  
You can keep in touch with Plaid Crafts on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Do you have anything fun and personalized in your garden?? Or what big plans do you have for Mother’s Day?

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I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own – and Martha Stewart Products are truly amazing!! Go out and buy some – you won’t regret it!!

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23 comments:

Amy C said...

Very Cute Sign!! I'm sure your mom will love it. I love how colorful it is, I think anyone would love having a cute sign like that in their yard.
Amy @ The Happy Scraps

Funky Junk Interiors said...

totally... TOTALLY in love with this idea!!! This is gorgeous and so clever!

Donna

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

I love the effect the sanding had on the paint! It really looks like its been in the garden for a while. Super cute!

Maureen Hayes said...

Amanda,

You certainly have made good use of those goodies from Plaid/Martha Stewart! This is so lovely and your Mom is gonna love it! You did a wonderful job on this.

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

Super cute!

Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

This is so sweet Amanda! I love that you painted all the boards different colors and the distressing looks great!

Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

PS - It was so great to get to meet you at Snap! I wish we could have had a little more time to hang out! :)

Sara said...

This is just the BEST project!! LOVE it!! Hope you can link it up at my turquoise lovin' party!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

Amanda, this is darling!! I know my Mom would LOVE this for her garden!

Brooke said...

Amanda, this is darling! I love how personalized it is for your mama. I'm sure she'll love it! xoxoxo

Creative Raisins said...

Oh what an awesome sign

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

OOOH, I just love old wood signs and this one is so sweet:) I may have to steal the idea for my own garden!
I would be super excited if you linked up over at my Anything Goes Link Party going on from 6 MST Friday till midnight Monday.
http://too-much-time.com/2012/04/get-schooled-saturday-20.html
xxx, Kim

Tausha said...

Amanda-
This sign is darling! I love this idea. I never know what to get my mom and I think that this would be perfect. My parents love their yard as well, so I think that this will be a perfect fit. Thanks so much for the idea! Have a happy weekend!

Tausha
sassystyleredesign.blogspot.com

JENNY K. said...

This is a fantastic and fun idea!!! Love! Visiting from TT&J.

Kristina @ ReMadeSimple said...

Very cute! I love your color choices-I was a part of the same campaign and also chose to use pallets in my project-don't you love them?

Katie {Sweet Rose Studio} said...

Amanda...this is so adorable! You did such a great job and who *doesn't* love Martha's products?

Danielle said...

Your sign is beautiful! I love all Martha Stewart's products.

Jenny said...

That looks so cute! I am so glad I found your cute blog and can't wait to meet you at Breathing Space!
Modern Modest Beauty

pinkoddy said...

We've already had Mothers' Day here in the UK and are looking to Fathers' Day - but this could equally apply. Bet she loves it.

Megan said...

Very cute!

Urban Hoot said...

This is so amazing! I would love it in my garden!

TidyMom said...

This is such a fun idea!!


Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2012/16-mothers-day-crafts/
Have a great weekend!

Jennie Louise said...

Ohhh I LOVE it.. so whimsical. So much hard work gone into this im inspired. Would be great for a wedding too.
I'd love to have you (and this post) as part of my craft linky party too. I'm welcoming all Crafters, DIYers, Bakers to showcase their work and make new friends. I choose my favourites each week and give a massive shout out the next Sunday! I also pin to Pinterest to give you credit for your hard work and talent. Maybe you would consider popping long to link up and say hi ! ;-)
http://www.snapdragonshots.com/2012/05/sunday-school-linky-party.html
Jennie. xx

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