Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Broken Keyboard Desk Tray to Garden Sign

The keyboard tray broke off of our computer desk about 2 years ago and like with most things, I held on to it until I came up with a craft application for it and when we decided have a mini flower and herb garden outside our door I decided turn the tray into "Our Garden" sign which functions as a decoration until the plants start growing and a barrier so the fella that mows our lawn doesn't mow over the budding plants (like he did last year).
Here is they keyboard tray before, but any old piece of wood could be used.
Items used:
  • Piece of wood
  • Colored spray paint (we used green)
  • Clear gloss spray paint
  • Acrylic paints
  • Fabric paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Wire lawn edging (from the Dollar store)
  • Newspapers or trash bags (to put down when spray painting)
First, my son put down trash bags outside then layed the board flat and spray painted the front with of the board (it started raining before it dried and had to set it upright under the awning is the reason it is photographed upright).
After it was dry, I used acrylic and fabric paints to paint the flowers on the board and wrote "Our Garden" freehand on the front.
My son then took the decorated board outside and used the clear spray paint sealant on both sides and the edges, allowed that coat to dry then put another coat on and allowed it to dry.
After the clear coat was dry and I put in the plants, I put the sign out in front of our mini garden, firmly placing the edge that had attached to the desk in the ground and secured the other side by putting in the dollar store decorative wire eding about 3 inches behind the sign.
The total cost out of pocket was under $4 as I had everything on hand except the wire edging from the dollar store ($1) and the clear gloss spray paint ($2.77 from Walmart for 1 can and it is still almost full and can use for other projects).

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