How to Make a Paper Fence Decoration

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A paper fence decoration makes it easy to "hang" a special message of your choice as the seasons of your life change. Create messages such as "Welcome Home" and "Happy Birthday" and display your fence on your door or directly on the white picket fence wrapping your house. This art project can become especially creative and special when your children participate. Prepare by handling the major cutting so your children can focus on embellishing the parts.

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Things you need

  • 1 sheet of white foam board (size of your choice)
  • 1 image of a white picket fence
  • Various markers
  • 1 rotary cutter
  • 1 rotary cutter mat (optional)
  • 1 glue gun with glue sticks
  • 1 roll of ribbon of your choice
  • 1 package of self-adhesive hook and loop dots
  • 1 sheet of scrapbook craft paper (size and colour of your choice)
  • 1 glitter glue pen (colour of your choice)
  • 1 printed sheet with message of your choice, such as "Welcome Home"
  • 1 bottle of rubber cement
  • 1 pair of child-safe scissors

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    Place your piece of foam board horizontally in front of you. It does not matter which side you start on because foam board looks exactly the same on the front and the back. Draw a free-form white picket fence by looking at an image as a guide. See the References for an example. You fence does not have to be perfect, although an easy way to make it more symmetrical is to use a ruler to draw several long, vertical strips with triangular tips.

  2. 2

    Using a rotary cutter, carefully but firmly trace the picket fence outline. You may have to trace on the front and back. Do not press too hard, as you may cut the surface of your workspace. Consider using a cutting mat. Pop out the fence.

  3. 3

    Using a glue gun, add a dollop of glue on each top corner of the back of the picket fence. Immediately press the ends of a ribbon strip into the dollops. Now you have a picket fence with a hanger that you can use to hang on a door nail or along one of your real picket fence posts.

  4. 4

    Cut out a rectangle of foam board from the scraps. This will be the sign that you can "hang" on the foam board picket fence, depending on the season or event. Swipe the rectangle with rubber cement, and press a sheet of colourful scrapbook paper of your choice to the surface. Use scissors to cut off the excess, or bend back the corners like wrapping a present and glue the edges to the back of the rectangle.

  5. 5

    Print off from your computer a message such as "Welcome Home" or "Happy Birthday" to fit the rectangle. Cut out the message and glue it to the rectangle using the rubber cement.

  6. 6

    Add self-adhesive "hook and loop" dots to the back of the rectangle. You can find these dots at sewing and fabric supply stores. Start with two dots. Place two of the matching dots directly to the foam board fence. (The dots come in matching pairs so that they stick together.) Now, you can attach the sign to the fence. Using hook and loop dots allows you to remove the sign and change it depending on the season or the event.

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