Friday, July 8, 2016

Build a Rustic Flower Market Sign with Scrap Wood

I love it when I'm able to find a good old piece of junky wood for making a good old rustic looking sign. It was time for an addition to the little bird house corner in my backyard, and the first thing I thought of was to create another rustic sign with some Old Sign Stencils* from Funky Junk Interiors.

Rustic Flower market sign made from scrap wood and Old Sign Stencils
 The perfect piece of junky wood didn't exist in my stash, so I had to create one myself from scrap wood.

Over the last few months my wood stash has dwindled down to almost nothing, so I knew it was time to try my luck again in the FREE scrap wood pile at our local home improvement store. 
basket of free scrap wood from the home improvement store
  Gasp! This shopping cart looks ready to be wheeled off to the dump. Not so fast. There's plenty of potential here. Unless I'm in a big hurry to get in and out, I always head to the back of the store to check out the strays that were tossed into the FREE pile.

build a base for a rustic sign with scrap wood
I knew all that broken lattice had potential! I used about half of the rescued pieces by cutting them down to size with the Flower Market stencil in mind.

build a base for a rustic sign with scrap wood, glue, and staples
After assembling the sign with wood glue and a few heavy-duty staples, I sanded down the rough edges. Be sure to wear gloves if you work with this stuff!!

rustic flower market sign built with scrap wood
For my rustic Flower Market sign, I combined the "Flower" stencil from the Market Extension Collection with the "Market" part of the stencil from Farmers Market.  Mix and match. That's what I love!
It needed a little something extra, so I made a flower from a brass lamp part and a vintage clip-on earring. Guaranteed to never die!

use free scrap wood to build a rustic flower market garden sign
I'm sure the sign will be around for a long, long time. I just hope my flowers survive the summer heat.
What's hanging and blooming in your garden?

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*These Old Sign Stencils were provided to me by Funky Junk Interiors, but opinions are always my own.

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  1. Marvelous little project, my dear B! Staples???! What a great idea for thin wood bits! I could totally do that!

  2. The sign turned out just great, Betsy! It's good to have access to such lovely free wood. Your flower corner looks beautiful. My few flowers didn't take the heat well but at least my basil grows like crazy. Therefore, spaghetti with pesto is on the menu today.
    Have a great weekend and stay cool! :)

  3. Good Morning Betsy. Your flowers are beautiful and that sign is awesome. Have a great week end.

  4. Betsy, that is such a cute sign. Of course I love your signature jewelry flower on it!! Scraps made into beauties!

  5. Fabulous as always, Betsy! Don't you just love lamp parts? I have my own small stash of them. A creative junker's dream! ♥♥♥

  6. I am learning a lot about how different pieces of "junk" can be re-used to make great decor items. Your post is just one more example. Thanks for the tip about finding scrap wood in the back of the home improvement store. I will check that source out, but only after I run out of what is in my garage that I tho't was not useful anymore!

  7. I love the mix and match lettering and the brass flower is so you! It looks great in your garden. My garden is so sad from lack of rain but it is not stopping me from adding new things....mostly barn sale finds.

  8. It's so cute Betsy! Love those stencils. Who knew there was a free pile at a Home Improvement store.

  9. Well how did I not know that you can get this for free?! I will have to see if such a thing exists around here. Very very cute sign!

  10. Bravo to you, Betsy, for rescuing something that was headed to the landfill and making something beautiful!!

  11. I have to check for a free bin! Great way to use up scraps!

  12. Betsy,
    Another darn cute project...luv that flower!


  13. This is really cute, Betsy! Love the little flower, too! I've never thought to look at the scrap wood pile....great idea! xx Karen

  14. A great sign. I love its rustic charm.

  15. Adore that "never die" flower!


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