How to Make Barnwood Signs

    by Ashley Kurz

    About the Author

    Ashley Kurz, a full-time professional writer since 2009, publishes on various informational websites. An expert in the craft field specializing in craft-related topics, Kurz has taught arts and crafts for group therapy sessions.


    Western, or country-style decor can be as easy as ripping some wood off of an old barn. Not all aspects of the style are really that simple, but making decorative barn wood signs certainly is. Reusing old barn wood allows you to preserve resources and recycle at the same time. The additional bonus of using the barn wood to make decorations is the ready-made rustic appeal that the material offers. Make your own rustic signs for home decor accessories you can show off with pride.

    Things You'll Need

    • Piece of barn wood
    • Length of barbed wire
    • Wire cutters
    • Two tacks
    • Hammer
    • Latex paint
    • Paintbrush
    • Stencils (optional)

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    Break the wood to the length you want by holding the wood at an angle on the ground and pressing your foot at the point where you want it to break. Continue putting pressure on the break point until it does. While this method will give the sign a more rustic look, you can create a clean, straight edge by cutting the wood with a saw if you prefer.

    Cut off the sharp ends of the barbs on your barbed wire with a set of wire cutters for safety. Work carefully with the sharp wire.

    Hammer two tacks into the top edge of your sign so that they stick out about 1/8-inch.

    Wrap the ends of the stripped barbed wire around the tacks to secure it in place for hanging.

    Paint the sign with latex paint. You can paint a message you'd like on the sign freehand or use stencils to make the letters neater. You can also add decals, decorative borders or pictures if you like.


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