How I created a DIY Garden Art Easel from old picket fence pieces.
You all know by now that I stop for junk!
Yup, I love nothing better than when someone leaves their junk by the side of the road! Another chance for me to repurpose something no longer wanted and turn it into a masterpiece.
I went for a walk and noticed a neighbor a few doors down was taking down a wooden picket fence in their yard.
So, I ran home, hopped in my car, and headed back to the neighbor’s house. Then I started loading my trunk with fence pieces that were someone elses trash.
The best part was about ten people were standing in another neighbor’s yard, watching me. I am sure they thought I was crazy!
You can only imagine my husband’s excitement when I came home, LOL!
I said, “don’t worry, it will come to me!”
It was time to put on my creative thinking cap on.
Because a white picket fence belongs in the garden, right?
I wanted to create an art easel with a frame out of the pickets and somehow manufacture a shelf to hold a window box to display plants in the garden. I had all the answers in my head, but now we had to think it through and put it into action.
Sometimes these ideas in my head get me into trouble!
We started by deconstructing the fence and trying our best to save each picket.
The pickets were actually in good shape. It was only the runner boards that were in such bad shape. I have seen several styles of pickets, but I think this shape and style is my favorite.
We took a quick trip to Home Depot and quickly loaded up the cart with what we needed to purchase to complete this DIY garden art project. A hinge to attach the back leg, a few L brackets, some chains to keep the legs together, and a few flat bar pieces to allow us to connect a few of the boards.
Next, we needed to construct the two front legs of the garden art easel.
We did this by connecting two pickets in the opposite direction and screwing them together in the middle to form each leg. We wanted the point of the picket to be on the top and the bottom of each post.
Next, we needed to give these two legs some support so they could handle the weight of the shelf we wanted to add to the frame of the garden art easel to hold a flower box.
I cut a piece of the end of a picket approximately 8″ wide, and we angled the edges so we could attach it to the back side of the legs. We would also be securing the third leg to this board using a hinge.
Next, we made a shorter leg to attach to the support piece on the front with a hinge.
Next, we were going to create a frame to attach to the front. Hubby wanted mitered corners, me, not so much!
I wanted there to be the point of a picket on each corner, so we cut off the ends of the two pickets going east and west and attached them to the other end of the pickets going north and south.
Now we needed to create a shelf for the flower box.
We cut two pickets to 22″ long, cut off the point, and attached them with these metal straps.
Finally, we added a simple flower box to the shelf, just begging for some colorful and summery flowers to be planted!
Here it is, the final product! I just love how this idea came together all from finding an old picket fence on the side of the road.
My new garden art found the perfect home near the She Shed. Then, I added beautiful flowers and vining greenery to decorate.
I love that this piece is literally a blank canvas; I can change up the flowers and plants seasonally to create a new masterpiece for every season.
What do you think of my latest trash to treasure DIY?
Maybe you will stop the next time you see a treasure on the side of the road.