Upcycling a Barbecue Fork into House Signs or Garden Plaques

Upcycling a Barbecue Fork into House Signs or Garden Plaques

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 some BBQ tools into house signs or garden plaques? In other words…What if I used it as a stake instead of for steak?

BBQ fork or Barbecue Fork at the thrift store for upcycling into yard sign stakes for house signs by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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

BBQ tools from thrifting that will become yard sign stages for cheap yard signs or garden plaques by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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.

Barbecue fork and cheese boards for upcycling idea into house signs or garden plaques by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Upcycling a Barbecue Fork with Cheese Boards into House Signs

To give you an idea of the house signs or garden plaques I plan to make, this is what they’ll look like. But, of course I’ll be decorating them first!

Garden plaques or home signs made from a wooden cheese board and a barbecue fork by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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.

Vinyl stencils and address numbers for house signs made from cheese boards and BBQ tools by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Then I got to work! For our address numbers sign, I found paint in my stash that closely matched our house color. So, I painted both the BBQ fork and the wooden cheese board in the same shade of blue.

Painting home signs or house signs with wooden cheese board and BBQ fork by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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

Attaching address numbers to wooden cheese board to become house signs with BBQ fork by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Then, I used a single wood screw to attach the sign to the BBQ 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.

Home signs and garden plaques made from cheese boards and BBQ tools by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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

How to make cheap yard signs or house signs by using a barbecue fork as yard sign stakes by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

House Signs and Garden Plaques with a Barbecue Fork and Wooden Cheese Board

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.

House signs and garden plaques by upcycling a Barbecue fork and wooden cheese board by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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!

Garden plaques made by upcycling a BBQ fork and wooden cheese board by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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 wooden cheese board (or scrap wood) isn’t too large or heavy, these little house signs / garden plaques with a stake made from a BBQ fork will work like a charm.

Using a barbecue fork as yard sign stakes for house signs and garden plaques by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Gotta love it when zany fades into awesome!


AND, some fellow upcycling bloggers and I are kicking off our April UPCYCLE SHARIN’ MONTHLY CHALLENGE. This month’s theme is GARDEN. To enter your project, please be sure to scroll to the end where there is a link up option.  You have until midnight on April 15th to enter.  After that, it is open to voting and the person with the most votes wins.

Our sponsor for this month is Fiskars.  They will be offering a packaged valued at $100 to the winner, available to ship to the USA or Canada. The winner will receive:

  • Fiskars PowerGear2 Softgrip Pruner
  • PowerGear2 Lopper
  • Fiskars PowerGear2 Hedge Shears

Fiskars Pruner, Lopper, and Shears

The following upcycling bloggers are co-hosting this challenge. Please check out their upcycled garden projects, as well!

Upcycle Sharin Upcycled and repurposed garden projects

Dukes and Duchesses | Exquisitely Unremarkable | Sadie Seasongoods | Ever Change Productions

Upcycle Sharin repurposed garden projects

Simple Nature Decor | Duct Tape and Denim | Salvage Sister & Mister

If you’d like to enter a GARDEN project, please link up your photo or blog post here!:


And if you liked these house signs / garden plaques, then you might enjoy this collection of upcycled garden decor projects before you go!

DIY Upcycled and Repurposed Yard and Garden Decor DIY Project Ideas using secondhand, salvaged, and reclaimed items - complied by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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  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. 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!


    • 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.

  18. Annette Wells says

    Love this idea! Going to grab some forks next time I see them!


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