My Own Little Picket Fence

Well, we made it folks... We survived until the weekend!

I don't know when I've been quite so ready for the weekend's arrival!  You know they say that when it rains, it pours. Well, this week tried to get the very best of our family.  But we do have one bit of happy news (yes, this is the news I have been hinting at).  The most exciting news it that we are moving!! And soon. In less than a week!  I will share some more details and pictures very soon. But for now, it is a flurry of boxes and packing in our house!

For now, I wanted to share a springy project! I actually shared this at Sew Dang Cute last year. ( Yes, last year!  I must be a blogging delinquent for just now re-posting this!)  I will have a huge, lovely garden at our new home.  So this cheery picket fence will have a permanent home very soon! Or maybe I will keep it in my craft room?  So many options here.

As a little girl, I always dreamed of having a home with a sweet little white picket fence.  I still don't have a real picket fence, so I decided to make my own in miniature version!  It was surprisingly simple!  Come and see...

I started out by purchasing an entire plank of wood from Home Depot.  The wood was 1.5 inches wide and 0.75 inches thick.  I put my handsome hubby to work cutting the wood with his table saw.

We had enough wood to cut 11 pieces of wood.  Each piece of wood was 12 inches long.

Next, I measured down from the top of each piece by 1.25 inches.  I roughly sketched a point for each piece of wood.  My husband went back to work on the saw!  The cuts were not perfectly precise so each piece ended up with its own personality! That was all part of the plan...

Very carefully, I glued each of the wood planks together using gorilla glue.  Once those were dried, I glued them all to a 2x4 base.

We used a few pieces of scrap wood as cross pieces to glue on the top and bottom.  I let the entire fence set for a good 24 hours.

First,  I spray-painted the fence brown.  I wanted to be able to sand off a layer of paint to make it look distressed.  Then I topped the fence with a lovely coat of turquoise paint... This color is my new obsession!

Of course a pennant bunting was a fun touch!  I cut pennants out of fabric and ironed on a bit of Wonder Under for added stiffness.  I just hot glued them to ricrac and then tucked the ricrac under the top crosspiece.  I thought it would be fun to dress this up a bit for different holidays, so I didn't glue down the ricrac. (For outdoor use, this may have to be removed!)

Finally, I used my Cricut to cut out a stencil out of contact paper.  I carefully  painted over it with white paint. Wouldn't it be fun to paint a sweet quote here?


Once the paint was dry,I sanded it up just a bit PLUS added a bit of distressing ink. I love the distressed look!  With a coat of sealant spray, the picket fence is ready for the outdoors!

Until I get my REAL picket fence, I am very happy with this one!  It just makes me happy.

Let's relax this weekend!!  :)

Linking up to Tidy Mom, 30 Days, Tatertots and Jello

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  1. Oh this is so cute. I would love to make something like this for my yard. I think I would need my hubbys help.:)

  2. Seriously cute!!! excited about your news! you are one busy momma!! :)
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  3. Oh! This is SO cute! What a sweet idea! I’m lovin’ that turquoise color too! Nice Job!
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  4. this is perfectly adorable! i have been collecting ideas to make a ‘welcome’ or ‘williams’ sign & this is going into the file!! love it! & good luck with the move – wish i could help!
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  5. Ive always wanted the white picket fence too, and still haven’t gotten one. This is lovely!!! I love the color, my latest obsession as well. It looks so sweet and the bunting is great! I love that you left it loose for different holidays and seasons. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Lynn
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  6. [email protected] says:

    Cute cute! I’ve also always wanted the white picket fence! Great idea!

  7. This is so darn cute Alison!! Love it! And I love the one random taller picket! :)
    If you need any help in the new house after the move, let me know! I am kinda an expert mover/unpacker! lol
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  8. You can use outdoor mod podge on the pennants to make it durable for the elements!

  9. This is a great project!

  10. okay that is just way to cute!!

  11. LOVE this! I want one in my yard!! Thanks for sharing. Good luck with your move!!

  12. Very, very, cute! I see you rope your husband into jobs too! 😉 Alison I would be HONORED if you would take the time to share on my Saturday Show & Tell. You have SUCH cute ideas! :)

    http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com/saturday-show-tell-link-party-3-3-24/
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  13. OMG Love it Alison! Gosh you Steadmans are talented! Thank you so much for guesting at The Pinterest Party! I am such a big fan of yours… xoxoxo

  14. Very cute! I love the blue color!

    We’d love to have you join us at Wayward Weekend, our new link party, http://www.waywardgirlscrafts.com/2012/03/wayward-weekend-9.html if you’re interested =)
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  15. Absolutely adorable !!!!!

  16. So cute Alison! Love the cute pennant banner you made too! LOVE the color!!
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  17. Shirley Lupton says:

    You out done yourself again. This is down right the cutest thing I’ve seen. Thanks for the post.

  18. Your picket fence is so cute! Love the color. I may have to make my own…I’m STILL waiting for my white picket fence for our house too! Congrats on your new home!
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  19. That’s really cute Alison. I am itching to make one now too!
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  20. This is SO stinking adorable, Alison!! How cute will this be in your NEW front yard! Woohoo!!! :)

  21. Precious! I love the little pennants and the colors. :)

  22. Ha! I’ve been begging for a picket fence too and this would be as close as I get until the babies get older, I’m sure! I always love your inspiration! If you have a minute it would be awesome if you could link up at my Destination: Inspiration party going on now at Teagan’s Travels!

    http://teaganstravels.blogspot.com/2012/03/destination-inspiration-linky-party-8.html

    Cheers, Michelle
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  23. This is just downright adorable, Alison! Love it!
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  24. seriously, that is stinking cute! i love the bright turquoise and the bunting, that is a great idea. congrats on your move!

  25. Soooooooooooooo cute!!!!! I absolutely love this idea. Very nice!!! Now I wish I was crafty enough to try this!!!

  26. What a great spring idea…love it! I’m glad I found your blog at Creations by Kara party. I liked you on FB, but I didn’t see a follow button, so I can keep in touch. I would love if you stopped by and followed on LF and GFC. Nice to meet you, Lori
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  27. this is really cute! We might be making one of these in our near future:) Thanks for sharing!

  28. What a creative and colorful idea! I love it. Megan
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  29. Hi, I was just wondering how it stands up? I saw that you glued it to a 2 x 4 base. Is there any other trick to keeping it upright? Thanks!

  30. Love this! So cute!

  31. My spouse and I stumbled over here coming from a different website and thought I may as well check things out. I like what I see so now i’m following you. Look forward to finding out about your web page repeatedly.

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