Whether you have a celebration coming up or you just want to prettify your outside space, an old-fashioned DIY garden signpost is a fun addition.
You don’t need to be a DIY whizz, either! All you need is a hammer and nails, plus a saw if you plan to create your arrows from scratch. It’s a great way to use reclaimed wood from old pallets or any discarded posts or battens. Garden paint will ensure your signs stay crisp and clear whatever the weather.
How to create a DIY garden signpost
You will need
- Wooden post
- Wooden battens
- Jigsaw or hand saw
- Weatherproof paint
1 Make the arrows
Lay out several wooden battens on a flat surface. Use a pencil and ruler to draw a point at one end of each piece. Cut with a jigsaw or hand saw. Lightly sand to get rid of any splinters.
2 Choose your words
Decide which words you’d like on each garden signpost. For a special occasion, think of where you’d like to direct guests, i.e. ‘cocktails’, ‘buffet’ or ‘bathroom’. For a year-round garden sign, go for more generic terms like ‘herbs’, ‘flowers’ and ‘singing birds’.
3 Create a chalk outline
Once you’re happy with the words you’ve chosen, use a piece of chalk to write them onto your wooden battens. Try to make sure the letters are equally spaced and in the centre of each piece. Don’t forget to think about which way you’ll want your arrows to face when the garden signpost is in situ.
4 Fill in with paint
Go over your letters with weatherproof garden paint and a narrow paintbrush. Make sure the letters are in a colour that stands out against the wood and are nice and bold. Go over a second time if needed. Allow to dry completely.
5 Attach the arrows
Lay the wooden post flat on the ground and arrange your arrows so they are in the order and direction you want them. Use a hammer and nails to attach the battens to the post. Try placing them at different angles for a jaunty look.
6 Display your signpost
Firmly push your DIY garden signpost into the ground so it’s standing securely. Alternatively, place in a large, sturdy pot. Plant scented flowers like geraniums, lavender or jasmine around the signpost for a beautiful display.
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Protect your signpost from the damage and wear by placing it in a shed or garage during winter or spouts of bad weather.
Steph Durrant is the Deputy Editor of Ideal Home’s sister magazine, Style at Home. Steph is an experienced journalist with more than 12 years under her belt working across the UK’s leading craft and interiors magazines. She first joined the team back in 2016 writing for both homes brands, specialising in all things craft, upcycling and DIY.
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