How To: Create a Wooden Outdoor Tin Sign Decorative Fence

Wooden Tin Sign Picture FenceThis craft idea is very attractive in any yard. The personalized sign will welcome all family and friends to your home. This decorative wooden fence, including the tin sign, is very durable in all weather conditions. The lights can be optional but they do provide guidance along your sidewalk at night. Our 12 ½ inch by 16 inch sign will work the best for this project.

Materials Needed
1. Cut 4 boards at 1 ½ inches by 24 inches at approximately ¾ of an inch thickness*
2. Cut 1 board at 1 ½ inches by 36 inches at approximately ¾ of an inch thickness*
*All the above boards have a decorative 45 degree angle on one end
3. Cut 1 board at 2 inches by 11 inches by ¾ of an inch thickness**
4. Cut 1 board at 2 ½ inches by 10 inches by ¾ of an inch thickness**
** The boards in supply list number 3 and 4 have a decorative 45 degree angle on each end
5. Cut 2 support boards (for the back) at 1 ½ inches by 14 inches by ¾ of an inch thickness
6. Nails: approximately 1 3/8 inch in size You could glue the boards together before you nail it. It may make it stronger
7. White paint and small brush
8. A 35 light bulb holiday light set
9. 6 foot greenery
10. Staple gun and staples
11. Tin sign with 4 small nails

Detailed Instructions

Cut the WoodStep 1 – Before attempting to use any power tools, CAUTION: always read and understand the directions of any tool that you use and always wear safety glasses. Safety has to be a priority! Once you are ready to begin cutting the boards, follow the material list above to begin cutting the required boards at appropriate length and width.
align the woodStep 2 – Once the boards are cut, lay the support boards out on a solid surface approximately 12 inches apart. Lay one of the 2 foot boards across the support boards with equal distance on both sides of the support boards. Use a square to align the boards.
measure the distance betweenStep 3 – Place the other 4 boards across the backer boards equally spaced with the 3 foot board in the center. Use your square to check alignment and attach with nails. You may want to add Wood Glue for extra strength before nailing.
nail the tin sign to the woodStep 4 – Put your 12.5 by 16 inch tin sign bought at Station Bay on top of the wood space evenly from top to bottom and side by side. Attach with nails or screws.
paint the namesStep 5 – Place the paper on a table, and paint on the 2 ½ by 10 inch board a Welcome in white paint. Then paint your last name or anything on the 2 inch by 11 inch board.
plain fenceStep 6 – When dry, place the Welcome board at the top of the tin sign, at an angle, and attach with nails or screws until secure. At the bottom of the tin sign, place and center the Name board ( 2 inch by 11 inch board) against the tin sign.
wrap the lightsStep 7 – Take the 35 bulb holiday light set and wrap it around the length of the green 6 ft. garland. Keep the bulbs tight against the garland. This will secure the lights around the fence when attached.
stapleStep 8 – Begin to staple the garland and light combination to the wooden fence. On the back of the fence, start to staple the plug end of the light. Be very careful not to puncture the wires to the lights when stapling to the wooden fence. This will damage the lights. Lights are optional on this project.
wrap the vine around the fenceStep 9 – Continue attaching the garland and lights around the fence making sure you have reached the other side of the fence with the garland and lights.

When Step 9 is completed, your Wooden Outdoor Tin Sign Decorative Fence will be ready to be displayed in any yard! Caution: Before plugging in the lights, be sure the staples haven’t punctured the insulation on the wiring on the light set. This could cause an electrical shortage.

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