What’s more American than old barn wood and chicken wire!?
I’m finally ready to reveal my latest labor of love and show you step by step
how I did it.
Step 1: Pick Out Your Wood
First off I selected a few boards from my old barn wood stash.
The three boards I selected are 100-year-old Douglas Fir planks.
Step 2: Pick Your Pattern
Next, I made a pattern!
Staples sells engineered prints that are very large, for very cheap!
This blown up map cost me $3.89.
Step 3: Trace Pattern on Wood
Next, I cut out my pattern and then traced it onto the boards with a pencil.
Step 4: Cut Along the Lines
Using a scroll saw, I cut along the lines that I traced.
I made sure to start my cutting on the inner portion of my pattern.
I have seen other DIY’ers use a skill saw for cut-out projects,
however, I don’t have one of those so I used my trusty ole scroll saw.
Step 5: Add Support
Next, I added some support to my sign.
*** EDIT: Since posting this ~ I received my Kreg Jig!! So, while making a new version of this project, I used my Kreg Jig pocket hole system to piece the entire sign together. Here is the hole placement pattern I did. The black triangles represent additional holes that I added after taking the following picture.***
Step 6: Seal the Wood
I then sealed the wood.
***This is a must if using old reclaimed wood. When working with old painted wood, you must assume that the old paint has lead in it. This can be very dangerous to those who will be exposed to it, so you will want to use a heavy coating of polyurethane to seal it.***
I use and love Varathane’s TRIPLE THICK satin interior polyurethane.
Step 7: Chicken Wire
Measured, then cut.
I spray painted the chicken wire to give it that less shiny and more rustic charm.
I used three colors of spray paint.
Brown first, then a little red, and lastly some white.
Attaching the chicken wire and wall hardware was my next step.
(I will follow up with a tutorial soon on how I install chicken wire)
Using an old map and my Cricut Expression, I cut out stars to represent all of the places we have visited or lived together as a family, and using some of my cream stiffened burlap to mark our “home sweet home”.
Click here for our stiffened burlap tutorial:
HOW TO STIFFEN BURLAP
I can’t wait to see the evolution of this piece in our home!
I am ready to add new stars, and even pictures or other mementos.
I can use clips or magnets to attach my items to our “lower 48 board”.. lol
Alaska is at the top of my list for places to visit, so I’ll just have to come up with piece of its very own to commemorate that trip one day ~
and Hawaii too of course!
Here is the finished piece that I made for my mom.
*** I used Minwax Espresso stain***
I hope this inspires you to make your own! Be sure to tag us on Instagram if you do! We’d love to see it!
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