Tuesday, November 3, 2015

DIY "Thankful" Sign For Your Yard, Porch or House

I wanted to share a "Thankful" sign I made last year in case you missed it. This sign is easy to make, but makes a big statement with its size and simple charm.

If you're hosting Thanksgiving this year, this sign would be adorable on a fence, along a driveway or on your porch. Welcome your guests by showing them you are "Thankful" for them! You could even keep going with this sign and add, "For You." As well as using it outdoors, we used this sign (with fence) for a backdrop at an appreciation dinner.

Here's what you need:

Paint stir sticks (long and short) or yard sticks
Hot glue gun
Twine (for hanging letters)
Paint (optional)

I had originally planned to buy wood yard sticks and have them cut into 6", 12" and 24" increments. When I went to Home Depot, their large cutting saw was broken so they offered me a bunch of paint sticks (long and short) for free! 
(Thank you Home Depot! ;)

Here's what you do:

1. Arrange the stir or yard sticks into your desired letters.

2. Hot glue the sticks together to form each letter.

3. Apply a quick coat or two of paint (I laid my letters out on a tarp in the garage and the painting took all of 20 minutes for two coats.)

4. When dry, make a little loop of twine and hot glue to the back of each letter for hanging.

TIP: If you're interested in purchasing a small section of fencing, as pictured, you can buy it new at home improvement stores. If you are looking for weathered fencing, check your local antique shops.

Hope you have a wonderful day. 

Did I mention I am thankful for you? Because I am...


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  1. what a great idea. love the picket fence behind it.

  2. Love your beautiful creative heart, and a message I am sure is well read to all who visit or live near by. This sign inspires me to create a giving message to place where it can be read from our street and inspire spreading holiday love year around.... Maybe you are Blessed.


  3. So glad you posted this - recalled this project, but couldn't remember where I had seen it. I am hosting a large group this holiday, and just happen to have a section of old fence. I will be using branches of a white birch tree to spell out thankful. Thanks again for sharing this wonderful idea. Love your home and all of the creativity you share with us!

  4. What a great idea, I think I may need to make one with pumpkins too

  5. Late with my comment , but I read your post and mind got wondering. I have a piece of white picket fence ( not as long ) and I'm going to paint my yardsticks red to spell JOY for Christmas and set it by my lamp post :) Thank's for inspiring !!!! Tammy

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