The pallet markers are a great way to add a little order and interest to the garden paths
The pallet markers are a great way to add a little order and interest to the garden paths

We have used pallet wood and the left over barn wood from the two barns we tore down to do just about everything.  This past week – Mary came up with one more great idea.  We wanted a way to mark the various rows of our gardens – mainly for appearance and to help identify plants and rows for visitors to the farm.

It was actually a simple project.

A quick sanding of the boards and a little paint – and the signs were ready to go

We still have a fair amount of the barn wood left over – including a lot of small 24 to 36 slat and floor pieces.  We trimmed them all down to be about 3″ wide by 20″ long – and then added a simple rounded curve on each end with a jigsaw before stenciling in the names of our plant rows.  We then pre-drilled a couple of holes on each end.  Th

en then drove 3/4″ x 18″ stakes into the ground. After that – we attached the painted boards to the stakes with some inexpensive course black drywall screws (We figure if they rust a little it will just add character) and we were finished!

The markers all up and in the garden – we just attached them to a simple small stake and drove them in the ground

The result –  a creative way to identify our garden with unique signs – created for free from our stash of old barn wood! We thought about adding a clear coat to the signs, but figured it was best to let them naturally fade and bleach with the sun. All in all, a great way to use up some more of the wood and not have to spend a dime on signage for the garden. It took us about 2 hours to make and paint the 25 or so signs – and 15 minutes to put them up.

Happy Gardening – Jim and Mary

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26 thoughts on “Making Garden Signs From Old Barn Wood

  • April 8, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    What size are your letters?

  • January 24, 2015 at 8:43 am

    I love your idea. I want to start on that this weekend since it’s beautiful outside. Did you put a primer on the wood first? Also I was wondering if you used 1 or 2 screws. I would think with 1 the stakes would fall over. Thanks.

    • January 24, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Hi Michelle – glad you like them! We did not use a primer, and yes, you will want to use two screws to keep them up right. good luck!

  • October 8, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I love this idea! I think we have some old pallets that were left in the barn we just bought!

  • March 30, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Just stopping in to pin your garden stakes. I love them!

  • March 9, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I love this idea! I’ve been wanting a good way to label my garden, this is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • November 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Love the garden signs. Recycling from old wood give them so much more character. Thanks so much for sharing these with Share Your Cup.

  • November 1, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Love your garden signs. We are talking about doing a big garden next spring so I must remember your idea.

  • September 9, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Your signs are adorable. Love how you are using them in the garden. They turned out great!

  • August 9, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Really cute, wonder if this would work with drift wood. We gathered several small pieces on a recent beach trip.

  • July 17, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Those are adorable!

    • July 16, 2012 at 8:05 am

      Thank you Carlene – I think we might still put a quick coat clear coat on them to keep them from fading.

  • July 13, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Found you on Happy Go Lucky. I love the signs. We didn’t get around to making signs for our garden this year. Love for you to join in on my linky party Monday!
    Marcie @

    • July 16, 2012 at 8:04 am

      We wanted to last year and finally found a little time to make them this year! Thanks for stopping by Marcie – and we will be sure to link up!

  • July 13, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I love this idea! This would be a great way to deal with pallets that are all dinged up or broken (and not reusable). I just happen to have one of those laying around. Thanks for sharing!

    • July 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Pallets would be a great way to do the same project! The wood is already the right dimension

  • July 13, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Love this idea! Repurposing is a fantastic creative skill!

  • July 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    We have a ton of barnwood from an old barn we knocked down last year, Great project!

    • July 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      It’s great to use for so many things -we even made a lot of garden crates from them to use.

  • July 10, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    fantastic idea, you must have a tremendous workshop..i love using stencils for lettering.. c

    • July 13, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      A little bit of stencils and freehand thrown in can make for a neat piece – hope all is well on the farmy!

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