Monday, May 3, 2010

Garden art.....

Years back I made a sign for my garden that has held up so well I had to share it...

It was made with a wood shingle. I made lots of them, but this is the only one I ever kept.

You can buy a package of wood shingles at any hardware store and they are quite inexpensive. After you pick out the shingle you want to use (in this case, I used one of the widest ones in the pack), start painting. Its really that simple.

Here's my finished design...

2 suggestions I would like to make (hindsight is always 20/20)
1) Paint your signs to hang vertically rather than horizontally. The shingles, are thicker on one end and thin on the other, so if you hang them horizontal (like this one), you'll have to bend your wire all kinds of wonky ways to get it to hang straight.

2) The thin end of the shingle (the right side of this example) is rather fragile and tends to break off a bit. I don't mind because I like the rustic look of it, but I would not recommend doing any real intricate detailing on that end if you will be mad when it breaks off :)


  1. It's cute!

    Please feel free to link it up tomorrow to Talented Tuesday with My Frugal Family!! And don't forget to enter the giveaways I have posted at the top of my blog!

  2. Love your shingle and your saying! Very cute and clever I'm posting about my garden signs this week, please come see!

  3. Your sign is really cute; I would have never thought to make it out of shingles -- just the perfect size for the garden! Thanks! Joni

  4. Very nice! Isn't Lincoln a great source for quotes?!?

    Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

  5. New follower...Just found your blog today. I'd love for you to visit Modern Craftswoman Monday.
    Thanks for sharing a cute project. Rory

  6. Very pretty...nicely done! Thanks for joining us for Anything related!

  7. Very pretty! You did a great job!