My mom’s birthday is right around the corner and I personally think homemade gifts are the best — not only are they much more meaningful, they also tend to be cheaper than buying something from a big box store.
A while back my mom mentioned that she really liked the DIY market sign I made over the summer and wanted something similar for her garden. When I came across an old weathered piece of wood at an estate sale a few months back, I knew just what to do with it. The person running the sale gave it to me for free thinking it was garbage (hey, someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure!).
Since the wood was already very weathered (water stains and all), I didn’t have to do much distressing; just a bit of sanding. I used my 4″ stencils from Hobby Lobby to trace on my design with pencil and then filled it in with paint using a small detail brush. Once it was fully dry, I went over the wood with a belt sander to take off some of the paint and make the design appear just as old as the wood.
Since the wood was free and I already had the stencils + paint on hand, this project didn’t cost me a dime, just a bit of my time! And now my mom has a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork for her garden. Chic AND cheap — my kinda gift! Happy birthday, mom!