Happy Mother’s Day!  

I have the best neighbor, who is like a mother to me. It’s wonderful to have her in my life, especially since my family is all the way out in California!  Anyway, she is a master gardener and loves anything having to do with being outdoors. As such, I want to make her something cute to put in her beautiful garden.

I searched high and low and finally decided on a cute little saying that I found on Pinterest. “Free Weeds. Pick your own.”

I am going to distress an old fence board with a few layers of color that she uses in her garden, then put this saying on the board. Once it is dry, I will drill a hole in each upper corner, and string a wire through the holes to create a hanger.

I’ll post step by step pix as I go along. Fingers crossed that it turns out to be the perfect Mother’s Day gift for my amazing neighbor! Wish me luck!

First I painted my board with a coat of teal paint…

After it dried, I painted it with one coat of light grey paint…

After that dried, I used my Dewalt orbital sander to sand it just enough so that the different colors of paint started to show through in spots. I even sanded down to the wood in a few areas. The idea is to make it look old and weathered.


Next, I dusted the board off really well, then applied a coat of Minwax Paste Finishing Wax. This makes the wood weather proof and helps the vinyl lettering stick to the surface.

Let the wax dry for a couple hours before you apply your vinyl letters.

You can either make your own lettering, if you have access to a vinyl cutter; or you can simply go buy a decal from a craft store like Michael’s.

I used my silhouette vinyl cutter   (You can pick one up at Walmart or order one off Amazon.com) to create my letters. I won’t give an entire lesson on how to use a vinyl cutter here. There are tons of awesome you tube videos that will teach you everything you need to know about operating a vinyl cutter!  I’ll attach the links to a few of my favorite videos in another post on vinyl cutting later on.  Stay tuned 😉

So here’s a picture after I finished applying the vinyl letters…

After you apply the letters, paint on a coat of Mod Podge. It will seal the letters on, and also put a nice protective coating on the whole thing.  It will look white as you’re applying it, but rest assured, it will dry crystal clear.

Let that dry…

Next I drilled a hole in each upper corner, then threaded a wire through each hole, so she would have a way to hang it up.

That’s it!  I gave it to her about an hour ago and she really seemed to like it, so I’d say it was a success!

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers out there!  We sure do love you!!

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