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Create slate garden labels

Create slate garden labels

Geometric shapes and colors dominated the gardens of our ancestors. Here's how, with a simple slate, you'll feel like you're going back in time. Difficulty : medium (a little skill is necessary) Cost : Less than 10 euros Tools required : - A few slates - A stake (rectangular cleat), - A drill and a small drill bit of diameter 3 - A handsaw (or an angle saw) - Acrylic paint - Fine paintbrushes - Flat head nails or pan head screws - A hammer or a Phillips screwdriver depending on the chosen fixing method

Step 1: Create a stencil


If you have nice handwriting and a confident hand, this step is optional! If necessary, we invite you to create a stencil using a medieval or Celtic style font. If your word processor does not have a font to your liking, go to Dafont.com. For our realization, we used the Stonehenge font. Download and install the font on your computer then print the text on an A4 sheet. Use thick paper to prevent it from tearing when cutting letters, and check that the text does not exceed the length of the slate.

Step 2: Cut the outline of the letters


Cut the outline of the letters with a cutter.

Step 3: Paint the letters


Place the stencil on the slate and paint the letters. If necessary, apply several coats of paint. If the appearance of the letters is not clear, you will go back behind with a fine brush to smooth the contours by hand.

Step 4: Draw the contours of the pattern


In paper pencil, trace the contours of the pattern. We chose a simple pattern and pure colors applied in solid color. A simple shape, square or round, will underline the first two or three letters.

Step 5: Drill your slate


With a small concrete drill bit diameter 3, drill two holes on an imaginary vertical line passing through the middle of the slate. Even if this is the most sensitive step of the realization, do not worry, a slate is pierced very easily provided you observe the following precautions: do not pierce too close to the edges, use a fast speed and firmly hold the slate. If you prefer to use screws, drill to the corresponding diameter and tighten with a screwdriver. Do not use countersunk screws which could burst the slate when tightened.

Step 6: Cut your wedge in half (optional)


On the stake, cut in half, at an angle, over a length equal to the width of the slate, a wedge which will serve to tilt the slate forward as shown in the photo. Note that in this case, the shim must be fixed before fixing the slate, being careful not to occupy the space reserved by the holes in the slate.

Step 7: Prune the end of your stake

Prune the end of your stake into a point, this part will enter the ground. Do it before fixing the slate, it's more careful.

Step 8: Nail the slate on the stake


Nail or screw the slate onto the stake. It's finish. You can now contemplate your work in its natural setting!