Upcycled Garden Sign from a Vintage Taping Knife

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great week-end. We had some special plans on Friday, but had to cancel due to a dental emergency (mine). But Saturday, we drove south about an hour to the town of Medusa, in the southwest corner of Albany County for a “town-wide garage sale.”

I put it in quotes because they offered a total of about ten sales. Not exactly “town-wide.” Worth the visit, nonetheless, for the beautiful drive, the quality of the sales, and the sales we hit on the way. Come back tomorrow for a look at my vintage finds. Today, I’m sharing a quick and easy craft project that I think you’ll enjoy: an upcycled garden sign.


taring knife upcycled into garden sign

Fun and simple, just the way I like it.

vintage tools
Remember this collection of items from Vintage Finds #88? I purchased the red-handled taping knife for just fifty cents. On the handle it reads, “Red Devil Taping Knife.” Designed for drywalling, it called out to me and I knew right away it would make a great stenciling project.

Red Devil Taring Knife
So here’s the knife, before I gave it a good scrubbing.

handle of garden sign
After cleaning, I drilled a hole in the handle to thread with some leather lacing for hanging.

Stenciling on Taring Knife
I decided to write the word “Garden”, using 1 1/4″ letter stencils with the color, “Ocean Breeze.” I thought the aqua contrasted nicely with the red handle.

garden sign out in the garden
I gave it three coats of paint, once again, using my secret tip of applying the paint with makeup sponges (available at the dollar store).

taring knife upcylced sign in daisy patch
Then a photo shoot out in the garden. First with the daisies.

taring knife near bird bath
Then near the birdbath.

Taring knife sign near the hostas
And nestled among the hostas. I had pictured it hanging from a garden fence post or stake, but I like it near the ground, as I’ve shown you in this post. I guess it’s kinda versatile that way.

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  1. So perfect for the garden – love how you always come up with the most perfect ideas. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  2. This is so stinking cute! I never in a million years would have thought to buy that tool and make something so great with it!
    And that tip about the makeup sponges is awesome!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Something To Talk About!

  3. Hi there. I just stopped by to let you know that I chose this as my fav from last week’s Teach Me Tuesday party!!! Thanks so much for linking up with us!!!

    You will be featured this week. Party starts tonight at 7pm CST.

    Have an awesome week!!

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  5. I love fun touches of whimsy in the garden! Featured at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks for sharing Diana!

  6. Love it Diana! The added paint is just too fun. And of course I love the red and aqua combo! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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