DIY Garden Art Project - How to Make Seasonal Garden Picks! | Amber Seymour | Skillshare

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DIY Garden Art Project - How to Make Seasonal Garden Picks!

teacher avatar Amber Seymour, Urban Timber Revival

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7 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Introduction and Class Overview

    • 2. Materials and Safety

    • 3. Making the Cut!

    • 4. Adding a Backer

    • 5. Putting it all Together!

    • 6. Cutting the Stake & Final Assembly

    • 7. Conclusion & Class Project

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About This Class

In this class you will learn how to make seasonal mini garden picks.   They are perfect for sprucing up your garden flower pots with a splash of color!

This project can be re-imagined into various colors schemes (think red and green for your Christmas decor or candy corn colors for fall).  They are a cute take on popular barn star quilts.


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Amber Seymour

Urban Timber Revival


Hello, I'm Amber.

I live in the PNW with my family.   I love taking scrap wood, furniture, or other discarded items and creating beautiful artwork and seasonal items.  I love teaching basic woodworking skills to the every day crafter!


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1. Introduction and Class Overview: welcome everyone. Before we get started A quick introduction. My name is Amber Seymour, and I run urban timber revival where I love to take old wood and up cycle it into beautiful artwork. So if you've taken my classes before, we have made some very large pinwheels, more decorative art. But we're gonna take the same concept today and shrink it down and make these cute little garden stakes So you'll notice that hammer red, white and blue theme here because I am building these for my summer flower pots. But I also do different colors throughout the year and change out as the seasons go. So I have fall colors. I do them for Christmas. Really? Any holiday you can think of or theme. You just switch out to the colors to your liking. So I hope this gives you some ideas and you enjoy the class 2. Materials and Safety: So before we get started on her project, we're going to touch on some basic materials, and any incidental items will talk about as we go. So this is a beginner wood working projects, so you will need some tools. I am using a miter saw. This is just a little baby small one. You can get the hardware store. You will need some would. So I'm choosing to use last today, and I'm going to come down and show it to you because it's very thin. We're working on garden picks today. You don't want them to heavy or, you know they might kind of like tilt over in your pots. If you don't have access to a lab at your hardware store, you could take a two by four and just rip it down into thin strips. I often do that all the time. We have a pin Naylor, which you may or may not use for this project. They're so light that really would glue will hold it. But I'll do it both ways for you, and then we need some wood glue, a little sander paint in a paintbrush. So let's get started. And before we get started. I just want to talk about protection a little bit. Make sure you're wearing your eye protection and your protection Very important. And I were in apron to protect myself from my mess. So just be safe, people, Let's get going. 3. Making the Cut!: so we're just going to get right to it. I decided not to videotape me painting the wood because we all know how to paint. So I didn't do, like, a spectacular job. These air outside and mine are gonna be arrested. So just a basic coverage on here and we're going to start doing our cuts. So on the minor saw, I'm gonna set this to 45 degrees and I'm not gonna move it. I'm gonna do the same cut for all of our pieces. Even when we get to the steak, I'm gonna have a 45 degree cut on that little piece. It goes into the ground. So let's get started. So when you're cutting your would, you want all of these little pinwheel pieces to be the exact same size, so you can do a few things Like, for instance, you could just line each cut up to this little band in when you cut and then they would be probably close enough. I've done that many times when I'm in a hurry or I'm gonna take you to my bigger saw. If you wanted to, you could build a jig and a jig. Really all that is it's like a stop. So I'm gonna put this woody in and see how I can't go further than that. That will ensure each cut I do is the exact same size. So you just choose what's right for you already have this set up. So I'm gonna go ahead and move to the big Saw. It's so it's time to start cutting the lab. And so I'm going to cut it in one direction first kind of the paint side up, and we have that jig there. So they're all being exact same size and then went to get about halfway through this piece of wood, you're going to see me turn it and cut from the other side upside down. So the reason I'm doing that is I only painted one side of the wood and I need paint going both directions. That probably made no sense. I'm gonna show you a picture so we'll get a few more cuts in and move on over to that. So I'm just pausing for a moment, and I want to show you an example why you saw me flip That would over. So I kind of cut on the painted side. I flipped it over and I cut from the non painted side. And that's because when you line these up, you need to have two different cuts so that you have pain tumble sides. If you didn't do that, you would have half of your pieces. Wouldn't have paint on the front. Not I'll explain that more later when we put these together. But that is an important piece. Make sure you cut from both sides, just going to speed the rest of this up. It's best just to do all your cuts at one time and get a big pile going. So I'm just pausing for a moment to show you all our hard work so far. So you will notice if you watch any my videos. I build in bulk. It's just faster than one at a time. So if you think you want a bunch of these, just go for it. Do a couple pieces of lab and each color paint him out and get a nice big pile like this. So the next step is to think about how we're gonna put all these together. So we're gonna make a little tiny backer that we can glue these on, and that's the next step 4. Adding a Backer: So now we need to add some support to our pieces. So I'm a big proponent of using whatever you have on hand. I love scraps, and this happens to be a scrap from a local lumber yard. Looking at this tag here, it looks like it's about 3/8 inch thick. Just so you know what I'm using for these and you can see about how thick that is, that will work. Great. So I've assembled one of these stars and we'll talk about how to do that next. But before we really start assembling them, we need to get a little backer for them. Which again, is this piece of plywood? So I'm just gonna take my ruler on here and see about how big they are. So it looks to me like I should cut my backer about 2.5 inches, so I'm just going to take this over here and we will do a simple little line here. Doesn't have to be exact. And I'm gonna take this over to my miter saw and cut it, and then we'll have a bunch of little backers for these little stars. All right, so it's time to start cutting the why would. So I'm just bringing this over to my large saw just because I would have to make less cut. If you decide you like wood working, I would suggest that you invest in a minor saw that has a sliding arm like I'm using here. It just makes life easier. So I'm going to cut three of these, and then I will start cutting them even smaller. And that should give me plenty of backers to get these going. So we're just gonna stack him up and I'm gonna make all my cuts at once. I don't always advise that, but these are just small little pieces, so it can handle it. So I'm just gonna stack me that and we're almost done. 5. Putting it all Together!: so I'm gonna show you how to start putting these together. And they're all the same size, so there's really nothing to it. It's more about picking your color combinations. So I tend to start with the short edge and just put my 1st 2 pieces together. And then I'll build off that. So I like to do four colors. But three colors also works when he could do all different colors and think of those different seasons Christmas, fall, Halloween. You can really do these to fit any season. All right, so I'm gonna bring a little piece of wood over and put our little backer on there. And I do that just so I don't gum up my workbench with glue because I'm kind of sloppy. I'll be honest. Eso I'm just going to get that nice and covered with glue and then that piece I pre built, it's already for me, and I'm just gonna rebuilding on this little piece of wit, and also I'm going to get the star out of our way and build other ones, so it's kind of like a use it to transport the wood to a different piece of the bench. too. So we'll get rid of that one, and then I'll do one more here. So again, I build it up front and again. This is because you're gonna Pretty soon, your hands will be full of glue. So I like to do a lot of these. Actually, sometimes I'll build like 20 of them, and then I'll do all the group at one time. We'll just do one at a time for now. And if you want to make this really easy on yourself, paint bull sides of the wood, then you kind of don't have to fish around for the best fit. You just flip it over. Okay? We're gonna include this up again and use a generous amount, but not so much. It seeps through the front because then you have a messy cleanup ahead of you. Okay? We're gonna build this one one more time. Okay? So there it is. And I just kind of pushing the little one more time, and we'll move that off the bench. Okay. If you look to the left, I still have quite a big pile of pieces to get through, So I'm gonna go ahead and speed this up and give you a couple different views. But as you can see, it's very simple. And once you've done a couple of them, they go super fast. It's a really fast project. So we're gonna keep working this and you can tell that I'm not building everyone the exact same way. I just think it's for interesting when you have the mountain, your pots or in a yard that they all look a little different. Okay, so we built quite a few, so the wood glue is still wet. So I'm just gonna let these be for a while for about an hour before I mess with them and then we'll come back and work on the steak and getting everything attached. 6. Cutting the Stake & Final Assembly: all right. Now that we have our stars built, we're going to just attach a little stick to them. So going to use it vaccine would that we use for the stars, and we're gonna split one of these right down the middle, and that will be our steak, and I'll do it about every 12 inches. So every 12 inches, you'll get two steaks, so I'm gonna go ahead and get those cut. So I am just gonna measure these real quick. I do want them uniform and not all wacky. So we're just gonna make sure we get the 12 inches here and they won't move over to the saw . All right, So I'm taking this to my table saw and I'm cutting it down every 12 inches. And once I have my four pieces, I'm going to flip it, and I'm going to rip it straight down the middle. Now, normally, that's something I would do on a table saw. But for sake of this video, I'm just going to do it here. And I am securing that down with another piece of wood, applying pressure so my fingers are out of the way. You want to make sure you're safe and keep all your digits. So I write that down the middle, and then I'm going to move. My miter saw back to 45 degrees and we'll do one more cut just to get that sharp edge so that you can stick that stake in the dirt. So now if you look to the right, you'll see I have a big stack of steaks to go with all these barn stars we made. So I'm just gonna apply a little bit of glue and a little pressure, and we'll nail that in. I should do, like, three little pin nails. If you have a Brad Naylor that works just fine too. So we'll do another one here, and I do generous amount of glue because really, that's wit in the long term holds things together. All right, I'm gonna speed this up. As you saw, we had quite a few to work through. And this is the fun process because you can really see what they're going toe look like. So I'm just gonna leave all of these face down and again, I'm gonna let them sit for about another hour. We'll pick one up in peak. They're super cute. You can wipe off that excess glue if you like, or just let it sit. It doesn't matter. All right, We're gonna let these dry. 7. Conclusion & Class Project: All right, everyone. So we're at the conclusion of our class. So I took these out of the garage and just put them in my own garden so you could see them all. There was just so many. And they're just so adorable. So your class project is to create a garden pic of your own. I hope you experiment with different colors. May be different sizes. Just make them your own. I think that they're just so fun to individualize. So please post any pictures you do. I would love to see them. I'm sure others would as well. And I hope you enjoyed this class. Thank you.