Yard and garden stakes add a touch of whimsy and permanent color to your outdoor living area and gardens. They can be as simple as a rectangular sign that is painted with your favorite saying or as complex as a flower with multiple petal patterns. This beginning wood working project is an inexpensive way to get your older children out of the house and learning how to use a jigsaw, drill and sander, skills that they will utilize forever.
Draw the shape of an image that you would like to place on a stake in your garden onto a sheet of 3/4-inch plywood.
Put on safety glasses and cut the shape and a 1-inch square out of the plywood with a jigsaw and sand each piece with a palm sander equipped with 120-grit sandpaper.
Glue the 1-inch square piece to the center back of the shape with wood glue and allow it to dry for two hours.
Drill a hole through the 1-inch piece of wood on the back of your yard art with a 1/8-inch drill bit on your drill.
Paint the front and back of the shape with acrylic craft paint. Allow the paint to dry for two hours.
Seal the paint onto the piece by spraying it with clear acrylic spray paint, being careful to cover the edges and the front and back. Allow the paint to dry for two hours.
Thread a coat hanger, that you have straightened, through the hole in the 1-inch piece and bend it over at the top to use as a stake.