DIY Cross Yard Stake


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
  • Polyurethane
  • 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:

  1. Lay out the template onto some plywood and trace it out with a pencil.
  2. Cut it out with your Jigsaw. *Please be very careful and cautious as saws are dangerous, wear protective glasses, gloves, and ear protection*
  3. 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.
  4. Stain the Cross with a washcloth.
  5. Once the stain is dry put your name stencil on the cross and tape it in place with painters tape.
  6. Use a Pen and good pressure to trace the stencil so it indents into the wood.
  7. Remove the stencil and trace your outlines with acrylic paint in color of your choice.
  8. Once this drys apply a top coat of Polyurethane with a foam sponge brush and let it dry!
  9. 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!


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  1. What did you use to secure it to the ground/stake? Thank you for this post! My husband past away a year ago and my kids wanted to do something like this. Ive been putting it off with the day fast approaching but I finally decided to sit down tonight and do some research. I now know for sure I am following your lead because of your first sentence…… husband always called me sunshine!! It gave me chills!! Any other advise/helpful hints you may have would be awesome!

    1. I actually just drew out a small point to be the stake before I cut the wood out on the bottom of the Cross and cut it out as one big piece, cross with the stake as part of the bottom of the cross. If that makes sense. I am so sorry for your loss. My only advice would be to be super careful with the saw, use eye protection, ear protection, and wear safety gloves, as that is always my advice! But it is not a hard project at all so I have complete faith that you will do awesome, hope it all goes well for ya!!

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