Now that the holidays are over, I am beginning to turn my attention to the garden. I intend to display this sign as an awning, but it could hang as a flat sign as well. Whatever your fancy is. I constructed this out of an 8 foot 1x4 that I cut in half to make two 4 foot lengths. Then I purchased wooden garden stakes that come in clusters of stakes. You can purchase these at Lowe's or Home Depot. For a lighter weight sign, you could even use paint stir sticks, but I doubt that would hold up outside in the elements.
Now that everything has been constructed, I set out to do some stenciling. As always, I take an extra couple of minutes to map out the lettering on the goof-up pages from our copy machine. Never discard these. I use them for everything imaginable. Once the lettering is mapped out, I lay down painter's tape so I keep the lettering straight. Keep your sample lettering either above or below where you are placing the lettering on your sign so you know just where to place your next letter and use your masking tape as your leveling guide. Once the lettering was done, I gently sanded it back and sprayed it with Valspar Clear Flat. The can also says for indoor/outdoor so this is a great product for your garden signs.