DIY: Primitive Garden Sign

By now some of you must have noticed our fondness for Primitive Decor. I love the simplicity and uniqueness of Primitive pieces. I love how charming a space looks and feels when all the right pieces come together. Our Backyard holds a lot of handmade Primitive pieces, all of which I build myself.

In April we made a Garden Sign after gathering all the necessary materials.
The Piece of plank I used was from an old wood platform on which a metal storage shed stood. It was already broken when we found it while dismantling the shed. I knew it would someday come handy and I set it aside.

Materials/Tools Needed Step by step
  • Wood Chop Saw
  • Scrap/Reclaimed Wood
  • Nails/screws
  • Drill, Drill-bits
  • Letter Stencils
  • Spray Paint
  • Mini Garden Tool
  • Swing Hook Kit
  • Decide on the size of your Sign
  • Measure and cut your wood
  • Using your stencils, spray paint your message on the wood
  • Place your Fork on the wood and drill two holes on each side of the Fork
  • Loop a wire or cable/zip tie around it to secure the Fork
  • Pre-drill and insert the hooks into the woods top frame
  • Attach hooks to the hanging location and hang your sign
Primitive Garden Sign.

‘Primitive Charm’ Garden Sign.

For this project, I used Permatex® Copper Spray-A-Gasket® Hi Temp Adhesive Sealant for the letters. The main reason was that regular paint/spray paint was getting absorbed by the wood. It turned out that Copper Spray-A-Gasket fills minor surface irregularities, hot spots, surface imperfections, can withstand high temperatures and resist fluids which in this case was perfect for my outdoors sign.

After building the Sign, we found a Vintage Hand Fork while visiting Linda Marie’s Enchanted Treasures. The Vintage Garden Hand Fork is entirely made of metal. The Fork originally had a weathered yellow patina color as well as some wear and surface rust. To preserve its rustic feel, I sanded it a little, applied some clear coat on it for a shinning finish and to protect it from the elements. I think it complements the sign beautifully.