DIY Garden Art Project

ImageBy using or recycling supplies that you already have around the house, you can make a do-it-yourself garden art project by painting a sign for your garden in less than an hour.  Simple garden art projects that you make on your own will save you money because they do not require expensive equipment or materials.  Yet, similar garden art found in retail stores begin at $14.  Small containers of acrylic paint are usually on sale in craft stores for less than $1.50.  Scrap wood is readily available, and most of the time you can obtain it for free.

How to add a personal touch to your garden art project

Your garden art project is a way to express your creativity, so your DIY sign can say anything.  Be creative as you wish for a personal and creative touch to your garden.  Besides welcoming visitors, use a simple phrase related to gardening that will bring a smile to anyone’s face.  To save money, remember to use materials and supplies that you already have.  Recycle wood from a past project.  Most likely, you already have paintbrushes, paint and wood.

A welcome garden sign is an easy DIY garden art project

Not everyone has a green thumb, so be proud of your skills as a home gardener.  When you design and create your own welcome sign, you are doing more than putting a decoration in your garden.  As a proud and successful gardener, why not use a DIY garden sign so family and friends can find their way?

There is no limit to garden and yard art ideas.  Protect your garden art so that it can be displayed outdoors for years.  Remember that garden art is meant to be casual and whimsical.  And because this type of DIY garden art project is so inexpensive to make, you can make more of these outdoor garden signs for your home.  Or as gifts to family and friends who share your passion for gardening.

What you’ll need for your DIY garden project

Free or inexpensive wood for garden sign

Assorted paintbrushes

White acrylic paint as a base

Acrylic paint (your choice of color) for lettering and art


Spray varnish (clear)

1)  Paint wood white.  Dry.  Apply second coat.  Dry.

2)  Lightly pencil in your lettering and art as a guide for painting.

3)  Paint your garden sign design.  Dry.

4)  When paint is thoroughly dry, spray it with clear varnish.

5)  Once varnish is dry, give it a second coat of varnish.  Dry.

6)  Proudly display your sign outdoors.  Depending on the weather, the sign should last several years.  Don’t hesitate to replace a battered garden sign.


  1. marlenebertrand · June 4, 2013

    It’s a good thing garden art is designed to be casual and whimsical. That’s exactly what I would call my artwork. That’s as good as it gets.

    • Arlene Poma · June 4, 2013

      Don’t you just love making your own garden art, Marlene? My house is so small that we count the front yard and the back yard as additional rooms, so we decorate as we please. I like garden art that is primitive and rustic. Nothing formal about us. But have you priced the “garden art” in the stores? Way too much money for those. Better to tap your creativity and make your own! Way too fun!

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