How to Make Rustic Signs for the Garden

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Every beautiful garden needs a rustic garden sign or two. 

How to make rustic signs for the garden using stencils www.homeroad.net
Today I'm making my signs from cut boards I found on my way to work one morning... they were 1" thick lengths of heavy outdoor plywood and they are perfect for these garden signs. 

I love it when I find free wood. 

I began by painting the wood with Fusion Mineral Paint in Casement, a beautiful cool white color that needs no topcoat and is perfect for painting signs and stenciling. 



  • Fusion Mineral Paint has a built in primer and top coat. No wax nor primer generally required! 
  • Fusion is self leveling, which greatly minimizes brush strokes. Use a quality brush or sprayer for best results.
  • And it is great for indoors or out making it perfect for garden sign making!


How to make rustic signs for the garden using stencils www.homeroad.net

I'm using Coal Black Fusion Mineral Paint for all the stenciling.

These beautiful stencils are the newest in a line of garden stencils from Old Sign Stencils by Donna from Funky Junk Interiors. 


  • All stencils are made out of heavy weight 10mil, making them super durable long term.
  • Each as center point registration cuts, making positioning a breeze!
  • A super dry brush is key to sharp lines! Load your brush, then tap most of the paint off again onto a rag. Apply paint by tapping up and down for best results. I also prefer a foam pouncer available from your local craft store. 
  • Funky Junk's Old Sign Stencils can be purchased at: http://funkyjunkinteriors.bigcartel.com

The stencils are gorgeous, very thick and easy to use. They come in many designs and the new garden collection stencils are perfect for the spring and summer season. 


How to make rustic signs for the garden using stencils www.homeroad.net

On my potting shed sign I stenciled the flower pot and the flowers using samples from Fusion Mineral Paint there are so many beautiful colors to choose from and these were perfect for these garden signs. 

When the paint dried I used an electric sander to distress the stencil and the edges of the wood for a rustic look. 


How to make rustic signs for the garden using stencils www.homeroad.net

My new garden signs are perfect to hang, lean or stick in the ground.

How to make rustic signs for the garden using stencils www.homeroad.net

You can read about how I saved the old picnic table and turned it into my outdoor Potting Table {here}

How to make rustic signs for the garden using stencils www.homeroad.net

My garden is filled with beautiful decorative junk and these signs are perfect to welcome you into the garden.

Another version of this beautiful garden sign began with a piece of reclaimed wood and a couple of spindles I pulled off of an old headboard. 

I added the spindles to the sign then inserted metal rods into the bottom of the spindles so this sign could sit in the dirt. 


How to make rustic signs for the garden using stencils www.homeroad.net

This sign was stenciled the same way but this time I added hand painted highlights to the letters and leaves to give it a different touch. 


How to make rustic signs for the garden using stencils www.homeroad.net

I think this sign on sexy legs is one of my favorites! 


How to make rustic signs for the garden using stencils www.homeroad.net

How to make rustic signs for the garden using stencils www.homeroad.net

Now please stop over and visit each of my friends for more inspiration and 
chances to win using Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint. 



           Funky Junk Interiors






       Grit


      Garden Up Green




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57 comments

  1. love the sexy legs sign...I'll be looking for sexy legs now!

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  2. Susan, your charming garden has such a wonderful old world feel to it, and thanks to your work, it became even more beautiful!

    These signs look so beautiful on the white backgrounds, the designs really pop! But adding it to an old window takes my breath away! That picture needs to be hung on your wall. :)

    The dowel legs is pure genius. I am SO going to watch out for some, I would have never thought of that!

    And I'm REALLY diggin' those hand painted details. I think I need to go find my artist brushes...

    Thank you so much for your beautiful work, and for being a part of this launch. I'm so glad you were along for the garden junk ride. :)

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  3. My favorite color of Fusion Mineral paint is Liberty Blue.

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  4. My favorite Funky Junky Old Sign stencil is the Market Extention stencils.

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  5. Very fun! Those painted details are fantastic, I had to do a double take. The possibilities with these stencils is just endless.

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

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  6. Oh. My. Goodness! I HAVE to have one of those signs on legs for MY garden now! That just perfect! That bright white against those rich green hostas...be still my heart.

    BIG question: Please tell me then name of the yellow flowering vine! I bought one at a local plant sale about 3 years ago and was sure I'd remember it's name...japonica something is rolling all around in my head, but I can't quite grab hold of what it's called! I was thrilled to see yours here, and hopeful you can jog my memory? :)

    Love, love, love this project and visiting everyone. Such creativity!

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  7. Love how you used spinles for legs. Cathedral Taupe is my fav Fushion Paint colour. Welcome to my Garden is my favourite stencil. Would love to win the Fushion Prize pack.

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  8. Love the spindles! Cathedral Taupe is my fav colour, Welcome to my Garden fav stencil. Would love to win Fusion Paint prize pack! Thanks!

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  9. Homestead Blue is my favorite color, but I love Lamp Light. It is the perfect shade of white for all those projects I have put off. Thank you for the inspiration and giveaway!

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  10. I love and want them all!!! But if I could only choose one it would be the Apple Farm and Cut Your Own Tree, set. I love Fall and Christmas and they would make perfect decor for both. Once again thank you for the inspiration and giveaway.

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  11. I visited Homeroad on FB. Have a blessed day!

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  12. Love the sexy legs sign! My favorite Fusion paint color is Upper Canada Green, or maybe Sterling. Can't make up my mind!

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  13. I love the new Garden old sign stencil from Funky Junk. I'm about to order it!

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  14. I visited and "liked" Homeroad on FB!

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  15. My fave color is liberty blue!

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  16. My fave stencil is the apple farm!

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  17. I love the Fusion paint Renfrew Blue and am not really a blue person.

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  18. I like the Potting Shed and Gardening stencils.

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  19. I'm a follower of Homeroad on FB.

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  20. I am subscribed to the newsletter as upstatemissy@gmail.com.

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  21. I love the Liberty Mineral Fusion Paint and the Welcome to my Garden stencil. All of the stencils are great.

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  22. Love the Liberty Mineral Fusion Paint and Welcome to My Garden Stencil. They are all great!

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  23. I am a follower of Homeroad on FB...

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  24. I love the color fort York Red for the Fusion paint...

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  25. I love the Garden stencil from Funky Junk...

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  26. Love the Laurentian color and your blog!

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  27. Love all her stencils but right now I would choose the garden tours!

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  28. The spindles on your sign made me swoon! My favourite Fusion colour is Upper Canada Green...thanks for given us a chance to win!

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  29. I visited Homeroad FB page and liked it!

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  30. I really like the Inglenook paint color

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  31. My favorite Funky junk stencil is the Farmers MArket onw

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  32. I've been a fan of yours and Funky Junk Interiors for a long time!

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  33. My favorite Fusion paint color is Laurentien.

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  34. I love the new Potting Shed stencils the most. Donna is getting more and more wonderful ideas for her line!

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  35. Homestead Blue is my favorite fusion color!

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  36. My favorite stencil is Farmer's Market

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  37. I visited your Facebook page and am following!

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  38. My favorite fusion color is Homestead Blue

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  39. My favorite Fusion paint color is Casement but Laurentien is a close 2nd!

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  40. I love Donna's stencils and it's really hard to pick just one but I have always loved the Antiques and Collectibles one!

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  41. I visited Facebook and am a follower!

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  42. Love the Liberty Blue paint. Loved your sexy legs sign

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  43. I would choose the welcome to my gàrden stencils!

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  44. Visited Facebook and am a follower

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  45. My favorite stencil is Homewtead Blend Coffee!

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  46. Love your Garden sign Susan! How Creative!
    I visited Homeroad on Facebook.

    Sandi Allen
    sandraallen260@centurytel.net

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  47. It's hard to choose just one color of Fusion Paint. Love them all!
    But I would choose Laurentein.

    Sandi Allen
    sandraallen260@centurytel.net

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  48. All of Donna's stencils are my favorite! It's hard to choose just one.
    I Love the winter stencils. Hot cocoa....ski Lodge...sleigh rides

    Sandi Allen
    sandraallen260@centurytel.net

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  49. I think I like Inglenook color the best at Fusion paint. it was hard to choose!!
    Carol S.
    sandyzoo45@comcast.net

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  50. I visited Homeroad on Facebook!
    Carol S.
    sandyzoo45@comcast.net

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  51. At Funky Junk I love the Farmers Market stencis. One of these days I'll do one my myself!

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