From Steak to Stake: Barbecue Fork Garden Sign

From Steak to Stake: Barbecue Fork Garden Sign

Ok- I will fully admit that this is a truly zany idea of mine! There I was at the thrift store, looking for inspiration on the shelves. I was going to move aside this barbecue fork (to avoid getting jabbed!) when it dawned on me that the barbecue fork could BE the inspiration I was looking for. What if I transformed it into a cute little garden sign? What if I used it as a stake instead of for steak?

Barbecue tools BBQ fork at thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hmm…the idea wheels are turning…

I bought it, filed the idea away, and then it was as if the universe was listening- because I started seeing the exact same barbecue fork at nearly every thrift I visited! Apparently, this zany idea was something I was meant to attempt.

Barbecue tools BBQ fork from thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Well, now I HAVE to see if my idea works…

And so, to bring my idea to life, I needed something to act as little signs- and thrift store cheese boards were the perfect size to go with each barbecue fork! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Creating DIY garden sign from repurposed barbecue fork and cheese board from thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I think these little boards will work swimmingly…

Creating DIY garden sign from repurposed barbecue fork and cheese board from thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

See? Perfect little signs-to-be…

Once I had the basics lined up to build my barbecue fork signs, I simply had to decide what to put on the signs. I definitely wanted to create a new address number sign, but I also wanted whimsical signs that served no purpose other than being cute. So, I found vintage address numbers on Etsy and dug through my stencil file to find fun little stencils for the other signs.

Creating DIY garden sign from repurposed barbecue fork and cheese board from thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Stencils and vintage address numbers for embellishing!



Then I got to work! For our address numbers sign, I found paint in my stash that closely matched our house color.

DIY address sign with an upcycled barbecue fork, thrift store cheese board, and vintage numbers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s make this happen!

After the paint had dried, I sprayed the barbecue fork and cheese board with matte topcoat to weather-proof it before screwing in the numerals.

DIY address sign with an upcycled barbecue fork, thrift store cheese board, and vintage numbers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Looking good so far!

Then I used a single wood screw to attach the sign to the barbecue fork, carefully drilling pilot holes in each piece to avoid wood splitting. Once it was securely fastened, I touched some paint onto the screw to help it blend in.

DIY address sign with an upcycled barbecue fork, thrift store cheese board, and vintage numbers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Last little touch-up…

And that was it! My own little garden sign made from a repurposed barbecue fork- isn’t it perfect?

DIY lawn & garden sign with upcycled BBQ fork and cheese board from thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!

I created a second sign right away, this one for whimsy. I still have materials for a third barbecue fork sign, but I’m happy with these two for the time being.

DIY lawn & garden sign with upcycled BBQ fork and cheese board from thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

C’mon- tell me these aren’t awesome!!

But now for the real test…would they stick in the ground easily? Would they seem solid and secure?

And I’m happy to the report that the answer is a resounding YES!

Upcycled barbecue fork garden sign with stenciled thrift store cheese board for yard by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Cuteness in the spring flowers…

Now, truthfully, it had rained a day or two before I put them outside, but they went in the ground with no effort at all, were easy to adjust, and weren’t top heavy whatsoever (which I was worried about). So, as long as your cheese board (or scrap wood) isn’t too large or heavy, these little barbecue fork garden signs will work like a charm.

Upcycled barbecue fork garden sign with stenciled thrift store cheese board for yard by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Love it!

Gotta love it when zany fades into awesome! And before you go, please check out my entire collection of repurposed yard & garden ideas here!

Craft on!

S

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PIN ME!Upcycled barbecue fork garden sign with stenciled thrift store cheese board for yard by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. This is such a wonderful idea!!! I have a fork like that now, was going to donate, but now I won’t! New inspiration!!

  2. Tracie Davis says:

    Genius – so many barbecue forks in the thrift store world! I might be a little less ambitious than you and just paint the handles of a few and use them for seedling IDs.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      I think a LOT of folks will be doing that with you, Tracie- many BBQ fork garden markers were talked about on my Facebook page yesterday! 🙂

  3. I love this idea! I see those forks all the time at one of our local thrift stores – thanks for sharing, as I plan on making some of these. You rock, Sadie.

  4. Kaycee F says:

    Wow Sarah, another totally amazing vision of yours! These signs are great, and so unique. Love them

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thanks, Kaycee- I think we’ll be seeing fewer and fewer barbecue forks at the thrifts now. 😉 Lots of garden markers to be made!

  5. Robyn Wright says:

    WHAT?! This is one of the most clever-est ideas I’ve ever seen. HOW do you come up with them? I’m SOOOOO going to do this. Thank you! Keep those “ZANY” ideas coming!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Hahaha, my zany mind just works a little differently, I guess. 😉 Thank you so much, Robyn!

  6. This is adorable!! You have given me inspiration for a new project. Love the color you chose too. perfect for spring!

  7. Great idea Sadie! Fun looking back at all your wonderful ideas. Keep up the great work!

  8. Wendy Oyler says:

    What a super cool idea! Now I am going to have to find some!

  9. This came to my mind too when you sent out the picture of your finds. Great job … as always 🙂

  10. OMG! I think I need to make one like the little trailer one you made! I have a vintage trailer and it would be so cute to put that sign up when I travel with it!

    Tania

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      It’s a sweet little stencil!! I can’t remember which craft store I found it at, but it was one of the major chains.

  11. I love this idea. I have several forks from thrift stores but hadn’t thought how to repurpose them. I will use your idea. Thanks.

  12. Yup, totally cute and awesome! Great idea.

  13. You are just so clever, outstanding idea and repurpose!!

  14. Just wanted to tell you I saw your lovely article in the magazine about making soaps, essential oils, etc. Very NICE! Now come and visit us in Fletcher! Maybe you could teach a class in our art studio? Susan Brady The Garage on 25 828-376-0198

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Hey, Susan! Thanks so much and YES, I seriously need to come see your shop! I’ll plan on doing so soon- I promise!

  15. you always think outside the box, and with amazing results!

  16. One day I’m going to fly over to your side of the world and go thrifting with you. Mind blown. How do you think of these things Sarah? Love what you did.

  17. Love this idea! I do believe I will never pass by a barbecue fork at a yard sale, thrift store or Dollar Store again. Two thumbs up.

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