Woodworking enthusiasts rejoice! Whitney from Whiskey and Whit is back with another set of DIY projects using fence pickets.
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In this video, she showcases a variety of fall and Halloween-themed decor pieces that can be made easily and inexpensively using cedar dog-eared fence pickets. Whitney also provides tips on choosing the right wood and cutting and sanding it properly.
First up, Whitney shows how to create mod podge postcard decor using printed images and fence pickets cut to resemble postcards. She also demonstrates how to make leopard seasonal prints and wooden crates that can be customized to fit any decor style. With her clear and confident instructions, even beginners can follow along and create beautiful pieces for their homes.
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- Cedar dog-eared fence pickets are a great choice for DIY projects due to their affordability and natural rot resistance.
- Properly cutting and sanding the wood is crucial for achieving a polished look.
- With a little creativity and some basic woodworking skills, anyone can create unique and beautiful decor pieces using fence pickets.
For the fall and Halloween DIY projects using fence pickets, the following materials are needed:
- Dog-eared fence pickets made of cedar wood or reclaimed wood
- Eye protection
- Ryobi seven and a quarter inch saw or a variety of other saws
- Miter box
- Sandpaper with 100 grit
- Mod Podge
- Fun printables, available for free on the blog
- Teflon sheet
- One inch paddle bit
- Stain, such as Provincial by Minwax
- Paint, for example, chalk paint
- Vinyl decals, available on the blog
- Dollar Tree nautical rope
It is important to note that when choosing fence pickets, it is recommended to avoid curved ones and to opt for cedar wood instead of pressure treated ones, which are chemically treated and not ideal for indoor use.
Choosing the Right Wood
When it comes to DIY projects with fence pickets, choosing the right wood is crucial. In the video, Whitney recommends using dog-eared fence pickets made out of cedar wood. She also suggests using reclaimed wood but advises against picking any of the curved ones.
Whitney also explains the difference between pressure-treated and cedar wood. While pressure-treated wood is more affordable, it is chemically treated and has green flecks that do not stain well. Cedar wood, on the other hand, is a little more expensive but is naturally rot-resistant and smells good when cut.
For the DIY projects in the video, Whitney uses a Ryobi 7 and a quarter-inch saw to cut the cedar fence pickets. She emphasizes the importance of eye protection while cutting wood.
Overall, cedar fence pickets are a great choice for DIY projects due to their natural resistance to rot and their pleasant aroma.
Cutting and Sanding the Wood
To create the various fall and Halloween decor pieces, Whitney uses dog-eared fence pickets made out of cedar wood. She prefers cedar over pressure-treated wood because it is not chemically treated and naturally rot-resistant. Whitney cuts the pieces for her projects using a Ryobi seven and a quarter inch saw, but other saws or a miter box can also be used. Eye protection is necessary when using any saw.
To make the postcard-like pieces, Whitney cuts the 1 by 6 by 6 fence pickets into 7-inch long pieces. She recommends placing the larger piece of wood on the side with the dominant hand to ensure safety while cutting. After cutting, Whitney sands the pieces and prints out free printables from her blog, which she then attaches to the wood using mod podge.
For the leopard seasonal prints, Whitney cuts the top off a fence picket that is 12 inches long to make the tag. She uses a one-inch paddle bit to create a hole for the tag and sands the piece before staining or painting it. Whitney uses paper transfer tape to apply individual SVGs to the tags and finishes them off with Dollar Tree nautical rope to hang them.
Whitney also makes crates using 1 by 6 pickets. She cuts the pieces according to a cut list and assembles the box with wood glue and nails. Whitney stains the inside and outside of the box with Minwax provincial and paints the two long sides for a neutral background.
Creating Mod Podge Postcard Decor
To create Mod Podge postcard decor, one can use dog-eared fence pickets made out of cedar wood. Cedar wood is preferred over pressure-treated wood as it’s naturally rot-resistant and not chemical-treated. The fence pickets should be inspected for any curved pieces before cutting them. Eye protection should be worn while cutting the fence pickets.
After cutting the fence pickets to the desired size, sand them and then print out the free printables available on the blog. Apply a coat of Mod Podge on the fence pickets and let it dry. Cut out the printables using a little slice cut and put them on top of the fence pickets. Use a Teflon sheet to press down the printables and sand down any rough edges.
One can also create tags from fence pickets by cutting them to size and staining or painting them. Apply Mod Podge on the stained tags before applying the vinyl decal. The decal can be designed using individual SVGs, which can be found on the blog.
Crates can also be made using fence pickets. Cut the fence pickets to the desired size and assemble them with wood glue and nails. Stain the inside and outside of the crate and paint the two long sides for a neutral background.
Overall, fence pickets made of cedar wood can be repurposed to create various fall and Halloween decor items using Mod Podge.
Making Leopard Seasonal Prints
For this project, cedar dog-eared fence pickets are recommended as they are naturally rot-resistant and do not require chemical treatment.
These fence pickets can be cut into various shapes and sizes using a saw or miter box. For the leopard seasonal prints, fence pickets are cut into 12-inch tags and a one-inch paddle bit is used to create a hole for hanging.
The tags are sanded and stained or painted before applying vinyl decals with fun fall or Halloween designs. The finished tags are tied together with nautical rope for hanging.
To create wooden crates, fence pickets are cut into pieces of appropriate length and width. The sides of the crates are assembled with wood glue and nails, and the inside, outside, and edges are stained with a wood stain of choice. The two long sides are left unstained to provide a neutral background for painting. These crates can be used for storage or as decorative pieces.
Overall, fence pickets offer a versatile and inexpensive material for creating unique and personalized decor pieces for fall and Halloween.
Building a Wooden Crate
To build a wooden crate, the first step is to decide on the desired size. In the video, the DIYer chose to make an 18-inch long crate from a 1×6 picket. Then, measure the width of the picket to cut down the sides, which in this case was approximately 5.5 inches.
The cut list for the crate is as follows: one piece for the bottom, two pieces for the sides (approximately 19 inches), and two pieces about 5.5 inches for the shorter sides (but make sure to measure).
To assemble the box, start with the two short sides and use wood glue and nails to hold them together. If a nail gun is not available, one-inch finishing nails can be hammered in manually. Once the sides are set, add the longer pieces of wood with more wood glue and nails to reinforce the structure.
After the crate is assembled, it can be stained or painted. In the video, the DIYer used Minwax’s Provincial stain to stain the inside, outside, and edges of the crate, leaving the two long sides unstained for a neutral background to paint on.
Building a wooden crate is a versatile DIY project that can be customized in many ways. It’s a great way to add some rustic charm to any space while also providing storage or display options.