Easy Garden Sign for Bird Lovers with Rustic Cheater No Build Frame

How to make an Easy  Garden Sign with with a Rustic Cheater Frame

Junk Garden Project Series – Part 2

Try to imagine a world without birds.  What an awful thought, right?

I was working in the small garden area by the side of my guest house this week, and I was a bit annoyed that birds had made a nest  under the eaves of the roof.

Granted, the eaves are starting to rot and need to be replaced, but I was still annoyed when I saw straw and feathers sticking out.

Then I caught myself mid thought.

Every single time I go outdoors, one of my greatest pleasures is listening to the birds sing.

I love watching them flit from tree to tree, and I love collecting fallen nests when I find them.

What a barren and dull world this would be if there were no birds.

So instead of griping about the nest in the eaves, I decided to dedicate a sign to the birds that give us the most beautiful concert every time we step outside.

I thought of street musicians and singers that play for tips and sometimes for food.

I love bird songs so much, so I’ll happily “pay” for the free concert with bird seed.

This sign is so easy to make, because it’s made with a no-build frame.

How to make a chalkboard style "feed the birds" easy garden sign with a no-build frame | www.knickoftime.net

How to make an easy garden sign with a rustic no-build frame:

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Decorative lattice border fence (I bought mine at Lowe’s)

1/4″ luan

Feed the Birds stencil

acrylic paint

outdoor sealer

How to make an easy garden sign with a rustic no build frame | www.knickofitme.net

  • Pry loose the staples holding the lattice pieces together, and remove the lattice from frame.

How to make an easy garden sign with a rustic no build frame | www.knickofitme.net

  • Remove one screw at the top and one from the side of frame to separate the pieces.
  • Cut a piece of luan to fit inside the frame. (Most home improvement stores will cut it free.)

If you use the same frame I used, the size you’ll need to cut is about 17-3/4″ X 8-1/4″.

How to make an easy garden sign with a rustic no build frame | www.knickofitme.net

  • Paint or stain the luan, then stencil the lettering on it.

*I painted the luan black first, then stenciled the letters with white acrylic paint to match the window screen sign.

  • Apply sealer to protect the sign.
  • Insert the luan in groove where the lattice was removed and reattach the top and side of the frame.

How to make an Easy Garden Sign with a no- build rustic frame | www.knickoftime.net

Feed the Birds stencil is approx. 14″ wide x 3.75″ tall.

It’s available in my online shop HERE.

You can mix and match my entire line of farmhouse stencils.  See them all HERE.

Bird Lovers DIY Feed the Birds stencil by Knick of Time's Vintage Sign Stencils | www.knickoftime.net

Vaya con Dios,

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  1. What a sweet idea! Thanks for sharing!

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