Happy Harvest Sign Made From Recycled Wood


Does anyone else like shopping at the hardware store?  It’s like a art supply store to me.

This Happy Harvest sign was made with old wood, Water Putty and Re-bar Wire, oh and a little paint.


Water Putty is a fun thing to play around with.  It’s real purpose is patching wood, but I’ve never used it for that.  Usually I use it in molds, but I have also used it to cover the surface of a collage project.  I’ve used it over the last several years and it’s hard to remember what all I’ve used it for.  It’s fun though, you should give it a try.


You mix it up according to the label instructions, but it basically is like pancake batter, or a little thinner.  It’s not necessary to be that precise.


Let it cure over night and then pop it out of the mold.  I didn’t use any release.



I used outdoor acrylic paint so it could be put outside.



Using my Cricut, I cut out the text and placed the letters on the board, this makes it easier to have an accurate alignment when you lay the stencil part down.  I spray the back of my stencil with spray adhesive and let it cure a bit so it will come off my project.  Then I lightly lay it over the letters so I have the placement the same as with the letters, then stick one edge down and move the letters completely out.  Then you are ready to paint.


I use a sponge and use an up and down motion so it doesn’t get under the stencil.  When I was finished and it was dry, I used a paint pen to do the shadows.



What have been some of your fabulous hardware store finds??

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  1. Sharon Jacksic Garreau (Over yonder) says:

    That is very cool! I love decorating my home in rustic .. and that’s right up my alley.


  2. That looks SO great! I especially love the flower!
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  3. Cute sign! I love checking out hardware stores for fun projects and decorations. 🙂

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  4. I love the hardware store! I’ve never heard of water putty, that’d be fun to see more of the projects you’ve done with it. This sign turned out great. I love the shadow you put on the words. I need to start busting out my fall decorations soon and make some more!
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  5. That’s a beautiful sign and I love the step by step instructions. I still won’t be able to do it. I don’t have a single crafty bone in my body. Love the photos by the way and you did an awesome job!
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  6. Thank you Sharon! I love rustic, I’m definitely not a roses and lace kind of gal and I don’t like everything matchey matchey. I like a more eclectic style. 🙂
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  7. Thanks Kristen! I’m sure rustic isn’t your style… but I’m glad you liked the flower. 🙂
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  8. Thank you! You kind of have to have an artistic eye to shop at hardware stores for things that might be used in a different way than they might be meant for.
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  9. Thanks Rochelle! Yes, you better get those decorations out or you won’t be able to enjoy them for very long!! I’ve had mine out for at least a week, maybe more.
    I’ll try to post more projects I’ve done with Water Putty, thanks for having an interest.
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  10. Awww, I don’t believe you don’t have a crafty bone! I think everyone does if they just look for it.
    Thanks for the compliments. It was a fun project to do.
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