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.”
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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.
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!!
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!!
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.
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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