How to make a picket direction sign

A little paint and creativity can have functional party items looking fabulous, just like this pretty DIY sign made from simple fence pickets. Choose colours that work with your party theme for a seamless look.

Bunnings magazine, september 2020

Tools and materials

3mm drill bit

30mm timber screws

42mm x 19mm x 1.2m DAR pine

50mm paintbrush

65mm x 19mm x 0.9m fence pickets x 4

Contrasting exterior paint

Craft brush

Drill with driver bit

Mallet

Pencil

Safety equipment

Self-priming exterior paint

1. Apply the base coat

Paint the pine and pickets all over with two-in-one paint using a 50mm brush and leave to dry.

2. Paint the letters

Mark out the lettering on pickets in pencil, then trace over it in contrasting paint with a craft brush and leave to dry, applying a second coat if needed.

3. Affix the pickets

Centre the pickets over the pine, drill pilot holes with a 3mm bit, and secure with 30mm screws.

4. Install the sign

Touch up the screw heads with paint. Tap the pine at least 150mm into the ground with a mallet.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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