Save money with your holiday decorating by making crafts using rustic wood fences. You can make simple primitive decorations for your home or as merchandise for craft sales. Old wood fences are usually free or very inexpensive, making trash-to-treasure and recycling crafts very affordable. Create them for your whole neighbourhood or as gifts for family and friends.
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Fence Post Pumpkins
Cut lengths of rustic wood fence posts to a size desired for your pumpkins. A grouping of pumpkins in varying heights gives each pumpkin a unique characteristic. Paint the cut fence posts using orange acrylic paint. Drill a 1/2-inch diameter hole in the top of each pumpkin. Cut a 1/2-inch diameter wood dowel into 3-inch pieces for the stems. Paint the stems with brown acrylic paint and glue them into the holes on top of the pumpkins. Wind a 12-inch length of craft wire around the stem and curl the ends with a pencil to create vine tendrils. Glue a couple of silk oak leaves around the stem to finish.
Leave the pumpkins plain if you wish to display them throughout the fall season, or paint a Jack-o-lantern face on the pumpkins for Halloween.
Fence Post Snowman
Cut a length of rustic wood fence post to a size desired for your snowman. Tall, skinny snowmen add a whimsical touch to a front yard or entryway. Paint the cut fence post using white acrylic paint. Cut another length of fence post in a size desired for the height of a top hat. Cut a 7-inch circle from scrap plywood. This is the brim of the top hat. Paint both pieces of the top hat using black acrylic paint.
Glue the hat pieces together with wood glue and glue the hat to the top of the snowman. Paint a face on your snowman. Drill a 1/2-inch diameter hole in the centre of the face, then cut a 2-inch length from a 1/2-inch diameter wood dowel. Paint the dowel orange and glue it into the drilled hole for the nose.
Cut a 2-inch wide by 24-inch long strip of fabric for the snowman's scarf. Tie the scarf around the post, just below the snowman's face, trimming the ends of the scarf if necessary.
Fence Board Flag
Cut an old fence board 24 inches long. With the length of the board lying horizontally, use a pencil to draw a vertical line 8 inches from the left edge. This 8-inch section will be the blue field of the flag. Divide the remainder of the board into three even sections from the top edge to the bottom edge to create the flag's stripes.
Paint the blue field using blue acrylic paint the top and bottom stripes red and the centre stripe white. Stamp or stencil a 4-inch white star in the centre of the blue field.