Do you have a metal barn star on your house? Yeah, I did too. I didn’t even think about it for the last 10 years. It served a purpose when I hung it so long ago-to give my house a little personality and a touch of color. Something to catch your eye. But my style has changed over the years. It was time to say goodbye to the star and hello to—to what? I racked my brain for weeks trying to figure out what could take it’s place. I think I’ve found a cute way to add some interest to the outside of our home with a rustic rope monogram. Let me share with you how I made it!
I gathered up a bunch of scrap lumber. I keep tote bins in my garage to throw them in when I’m working because I may find just the right project to use them for. Today was the day!
They’re completely random in width, but all the same height-4″ in this case. I arranged them as I wanted on top of a piece of thin plywood. I then turned the whole thing over and attached the boards to the plywood with some screws.
Since the rope is a natural tan color, it would never be showcased on top of the raw wood. I added a splash of cream by dry brushing the paint on to the boards.
To add the rope letter, lay out the rope on the board to get an idea of placement. I attached it with small finish nails, hammering it right through the rope.
Place the nails every six inches or as needed to hold the rope in place.
I attached the monogram to our garage with long wood screws. You may want to add a chain or rope to hang it depending on what type of siding you have. I was so pleased with the outcome. Simple, rustic, and unique.
Are you ready to ditch your star? Let me know what you put in it’s place!
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