Learn how to make an easy DIY reclaimed wood fence sign for your home! You will see how easy it is to make this farmhouse sign to use as farmhouse wall decor!
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reclaimed wood fence sign
Why one earth do I have a thing for picket fences? There are a couple of reasons:
- the nostalgia of them gets me every time – I love the idea of a little house behind a white picket fence
- one of my daughters and I painted our picket fence together when she was in the eighth grade and I loved spending time with her doing something with a paintbrush
- people are taking their wood picket fences down and replacing them with vinyl fencing – that means the pickets are easy to come by!
- they are so easy to repurpose into ‘new’ farmhouse home decor pieces!
Our own fence pickets were in bad shape as far as fences are concerned. So after 20 years of having a hand-me-down fence (yes, yes, we had fence sections given to us!), we took it down.
And we saved those pickets because I knew I could make something out of them! And we’ve made lots of ‘somethings’ for our vendor booth!
It’s high time I show you how we have made some of our most popular reclaimed wood fence signs!
list of supplies:
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- Chop Saw
- Orbital Sander
- Power Drill
- Wood Glue
- Truss Head Screws (for the hanging wire)
- 18 gauge wire or chain
- Quick-Grip Clamp Set
- Drill Flip Drive Attachment
- Black Vinyl
- Transfer Sheet
- Miss Mustard Seed Milk Coat Sealer
And of course, you need fence pickets! The picket fence pieces that I used are reclaimed and already had chippy white paint on them. You can also purchase individual fence pickets at your local home improvement box stores like Home Depot or Lowes. They are usually located in the back of the gardening department. Give them a quick chippy paint finish and boom – your pickets will look like they have been around for 20 years!
If you would rather watch the video, scroll down a bit further in this post. I made a step-by-step video tutorial for you!
The first step after taking the picket fence sections apart is to clean them. Use a garden hose, a stiff brush, and bleach water to scrub them and remove any green algae on the pickets. Let them dry overnight before cutting the pickets.
The next step is to cut three of the pickets in the size that you need for your reclaimed wood fence sign. Using my chop saw, I cut my lengths at 34″.
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The next step is the cut the pieces that will hold the three pickets together when they lay next to each other to create the DIY farmhouse sign. Use the scraps you just cut for the brackets. My sign measured approximately 11.5″ across the three boards so I cut two brackets each at 11″ in length.
Just make sure you cut the two brackets long enough to attach all three of your boards when they are laid side by side.
assemble the farmhouse sign
Now that all of the pieces are cut, it’s time to put them together!
Lay the pickets with the gothic end (the decorative end) lined up and even and also facing down. Then lay the cross brackets on the top of the backside of the pickets. I placed one of the brackets just below the gothic design so that it couldn’t be seen from the front. The second cross bracket was placed the same on the opposite end of the reclaimed wood fence sign.
Next, use the Quick Flip drill bit in your power drill to pre-drill the holes and insert the screws. You will have a more in-depth look at this step on the YouTube video.
Use clamps to hold the sections together and prevent them from moving around. Glue the surfaces before attaching the screws for additional bonding strength.
Handy tip: Use Clamps!
Often in the workshop, I need an extra set of hands. Quick-Grip clamps are work horses in my workshop. They are among my favorite tools that I use each time I am working on a project!
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You can choose to hang your farmhouse sign any way you like. I used 18 gauge wire to hang mine along with these truss head screws. The screws have a head-on them kind of like a washer that helps to hold the wire in place.
Pre-drill the holes using your quick flip drill bit attachment (I love this little tool so much and I use it daily in my workshop!) Then screw in the truss head and screw about halfway down. That will leave room for you to wrap the wire around the screw and then finish installing the screw all the way down to hold the wire securely.
Watch the YouTube video to see my fancy-schmancy method of making the little squiggly end!
DIY wood farmhouse sign
When you watch the video, you will see how I added the words. I am borrowing my daughter’s Cricut to see if I like using it and so far I love it! It makes sign-making super easy and you can resize the design you create to any size you need!
Be sure to watch the video I made for you to see how to add the letters to the sign!
If I keep using it, I will have to write a tutorial to show you how to use it. As for now, I am still learning!
What do you think of the sign? Isn’t it so adorable?
Here are some ideas for words or phrases for your sign:
- single words like thankful, blessed, family, welcome
- short phrases like: give thanks, follow your fear, choose joy, pray anyway
- your street address (you can see my front porch sign in this post)
- your family name and the year it began
The ideas are endless! These reclaimed wood fence signs would make great gifts too. Personalize them to make them extra special for the recipient!
Some of us like to watch the process so here is a YouTube video showing you this reclaimed wood fence sign. Plus you will be able to see how I create and added the words to this DIY farmhouse sign! Enjoy 🙂
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