Welcome sunshine to my sunny corner of the internet! This DIY may be a little un-traditional for a DIY you see on the internet but it is very near and dear to my heart. August 24th is my Papaws birthday, and to celebrate I have made him a cross with his name on it to put on his grave. He was a proud Hatfield. So without further due, here is how I made this adorable Cross Stake.
*WARNING: Saws are dangerous, please have someone that is experienced with saws do the cutting for you*
Things you will need:
- Plywood-in thickness of your choice.
- Electric Sander & Sandpaper
- Wood Stain -in color of choice
- Safety glasses, gloves, and ear protection
- Foam brush
- Wash cloth
- Acrylic paint & Paint Brush
- Painters Tape
- Pencil & Pen
- Name stencil-you can create this on Microsoft word or paint and just print it out
- Template for cross –available down below.
I am posting a video explaining to you exactly how I made this cross from start to finish, but just for reference I will sum it up for you right quick.
First you will need the template.
You can find the Template Here: Cross Template!
Now lets Begin:
- Lay out the template onto some plywood and trace it out with a pencil.
- Cut it out with your Jigsaw. *Please be very careful and cautious as saws are dangerous, wear protective glasses, gloves, and ear protection*
- Use your electric sander (or just sandpaper) and sand the cross until its smooth on all sides and edges. Use a scrap piece of sandpaper to smooth any angles or corners you could not get with the electric sander.
- Stain the Cross with a washcloth.
- Once the stain is dry put your name stencil on the cross and tape it in place with painters tape.
- Use a Pen and good pressure to trace the stencil so it indents into the wood.
- Remove the stencil and trace your outlines with acrylic paint in color of your choice.
- Once this drys apply a top coat of Polyurethane with a foam sponge brush and let it dry!
- You’re done!! 🙂 Enjoy!
Check out the video below for a video How to of how I made this!
I hope you enjoy this and if you create one go ahead and send me some pictures I would love to see it recreated. Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoyed this. I will have a few cakes and wood projects coming up soon *and maybe even a diy here and there* As always, Stay Sunny!