Okay. Already I know you might have some questions. I think that the two most prevalent ones may be – what are the Gnomies, and why are we rolling with them? This DIY sign is an homage to two wonderful things: the 90’s and garden gnomes. Both are drastically under appreciated for their awesomeness.
I don’t hang with homies. I hang with a four and a six year old. But I’m spending a lot more time in my garden, and that means…
… time with my gnomies.
Supplies needed to make your own DIY sign for your garden:
- Unfinished Wooden Sign
- Americana Chalky Finish Paint in Vintage
- Americana Chalky Finish Paint in Relic
- Varnish or Mod Podge Outdoor
- Paint Brushes
- Paper Towel
- Silhouette Cameo Cutting Machine
- Black Adhesive Vinyl
- Transfer Paper
- Weeding Tool
- Wreath Stand (optional)
I put paint on the brush, but then dabbed it off – repeatedly – on a paper towel until the brush was nearly dry to the touch. Then I very gently brushed over the sign going with the grain. I maintained a gentle hand as I did this. I wanted the look on my DIY sign to be slightly antiqued; not too tatty, but just that little bit worn.
Using my Cameo, I cut out the saying, “Rollin’ with the Gnomies” and a toadstool (available on the Silhouette image store) out of black adhesive vinyl. I weeded the letters with the hook and then used transfer paper to apply it to my DIY sign.
If you don’t have a cutting machine, adhesive letters and stickers work wonders for signs. You can also do hand lettering or stencils on your DIY sign.
I hung my DIY sign out in the garden on a wreath stand. I think I’m going to get a couple more of these babies – they’re pretty handy! They keep the signs out of the earth (thus prolonging the signs’ lives are they’re up and our of the moist soil) and I think it would be lovely to hang a wreath or a little cone of flowers by the front door.
Very useful, indeed, these wreath stands. I was impressed. And I think my little gnomes are impressed, too!
They’ve suddenly earned a bit of street (or – ahem – garden) cred.
Even if you aren’t a gnome-lover, there are heaps and heaps of things to put on a garden sign. Pinterest is overflowing with them.
The runner up for this project? “Free Weeds. U-Pick.” I still might make that one, actually.