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Easy Mod Podge Garden Stake Makeover

Easy Mod Podge Makeover Garden Stake Makeover using an old calendar image and Mod Podge

Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying summer and finding some joy in your gardens as these times of trial and suffering we are facing seem to be neverending. For me, creativity is the key to staying positive, and I have been trying to tackle little craft projects that have been on my to-do list for some time using supplies I already have at home.


About eight years ago I purchased this pretty garden stake at Hobby Lobby. This is the only fuzzy picture I have of how the stake looked originally. It had a small Frenchy rose and post card image under resin. Over the years the resin broke and the image completely faded. I continued to use the stake in my garden because I liked the overally style and rusty-chippy look of the stake itself, which had faded from a rusty cream to a rusty white.



I actually forgot to get a before picture (I always seem to forget the before pictures!) but here it is when I was just getting started sponging on some decoupage.


I got the idea to give the stake a makeover when I was cleaning out my craft bin and came across this outdated calendar that I kept for craft purposes.


It was one of my favorite all-time calenders (another amazing Dollar Tree find) with beautiful French vintage images that are perfect for crafting. When I flipped the calendar over and saw the small images on the back, I noticed that they looked about the same size as the missing image spot on the garden stake. With a little Mod Podge  (affiliate) I knew I could give the garden stake a new (vintage) look in no time.



I wanted to use this image, but it turned out to be a bit too big. I decided to cut out the butterfly to save for a future decoupage project. Then I just pieced together the pretty flowers as a collage to fit the empty square on the stake. 


Using the pieces I had left over after the butterfly was cut out, I played around until I could fill in the entire blank square. I brushed the Mod Podge directly on the stake with a foam brush where the image would be, and also on the back of each cut piece. After I positioned the pieces in place I covered the entire collage with another light coat of Mod Podge.


I love how this quick and easy garden stake makeover turned out!  After it dried I took it out to the garden and played around with using it in a few different spots. Here it is stuck down in my big galvanized bucket of herbs. Even though there is a slight visible seam in the collage and the images don’t exactly match up, the stake will always be viewed in the garden from a distance, so the “imperfections” are barely noticeable. 


A couple of days ago I used it to stake some tall flowers on a newly planted Yarrow that needed some help straightening up.


For now I am loving it in my colorful superbells petunia basket which is sitting on my new potting bench. This area doesn’t get heavy rain since it is up against the garage and under part of the roof overhang, so I think the image will last for a while. By the way, I will be sharing my new potting bench and progress on our new backyard cottage-garden landscaping over the next several posts, so I do hope you will visit often!




Easy Mod Podge Makeover Garden Stake Makeover using an old calendar image and Mod Podge

The whole project took less than 10 minutes and didn’t cost me a dime since I had everything in my craft stash. Fast and free…that’s the ticket! Now I am ready to move on to decoupaging some old flower pots. Have you used decoupage for any fast and easy craft projects for spring or summer? I love hearing from you, dear readers!

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  • Reply Kim | Shiplap and Shells

    This is so pretty Amber! I want one in my garden! I would love it if you shared your post on the Charming Homes and Gardens Link Party Wed-Sun

    June 3, 2020 at 5:29 pm
  • Reply Debra Oliver

    Such a cute idea, Amber. Can’t wait to see your potting bench. I’m with you, trying to find ways to do some makeovers without spending money!

    June 3, 2020 at 6:51 pm
  • Reply Kathy A

    Great project! That back page on calendars is often my favorite page. Cut out with scrapbooking scissors, they make great pictures for tiny gift cards. I use my Monet calendar ones for my dollhouse art gallery! I often bought ACMoore (miss them!) calendars when they were marked down to 10-20 cents. WHERE can you get 12 pieces of scrapbbooking paper for that! Especially gardens/flowers/French images/Bible verses, tropical places. I think C19 is making us rethink a lot of areas of our lives–and that’s one of the good things to remember!

    June 3, 2020 at 6:56 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    How clever to use the calendar graphics, Amber! I love how your makeover turned out. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    June 7, 2020 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    Love this little project Amber. I think Mod Podge is calling my name. I’m excited to share your post this week on the Tuesday Turn About Link Party. Hope to see you there!

    June 8, 2020 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Cindy@CountyRoad407

    Super cute idea! Love how it turned out. All I need is a beautiful garden then maybe I could do this! Pinned.

    June 9, 2020 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Barbara Chapman

    Great idea to recreate this garden stake, Amber!! I love how it looks now. I do use Modge Podge and created a basket this spring upscaling that little basket.

    Enjoy your little garden stake in its new home,
    Barb 🙂

    June 9, 2020 at 10:19 pm
    • Reply Barbara Chapman

      Happy Friday, Amber! Thank you for sharing your sweet garden stake at this week’s Share Your Style #260. I am happy to feature your fun project!!! <3

      Enjoy your garden bench (that gives me an idea to check out our Habitat for Humanity and see if there are any old sink tops that I could make a bench out of),
      Barb 🙂

      June 19, 2020 at 9:16 am
  • Reply Michelle @ The Painted Hinge

    Hey Amber! I love this garden stake makeover – it is the perfect addition to your lovely garden! Thanks so much for sharing it at Embrace Your Style – I’m featuring it at this week’s party!

    June 10, 2020 at 5:46 pm
  • Reply Marilyn

    Thank you for hosting! This is what I featured the week of 6-8 to 6-12 on my blog. On Tuesday was Salsa Roll Ups. Wednesday saw Stuffed Peppers. Thursday was Basic Marinara Sauce. And winding up this Week was Homemade Beef Stew Seasoning. Enjoy!

    June 14, 2020 at 6:40 pm
  • Reply Marilyn

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

    June 14, 2020 at 7:10 pm
  • Reply Pamela @ DIY Vibes

    Your garden stake is so pretty, what a great idea to use images from a calendar (from the dollar store, no less). It loos so fresh and updated!

    June 17, 2020 at 8:17 pm
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