Cedar fence slats make terrific craft materials. Cedar is durable and beautiful, especially once the wood has weathered. If you or someone you know is taking down an old cedar fence, reclaim some of the wood and turn it into something useful or beautiful. Not only will you be completing a satisfying project, you'll be keeping resources out of the landfill.
Probably one of the first ideas many people come up with when they think of repurposing fence slats is the building of birdhouses. While this idea might be obvious and not too original, birdhouses are certainly appreciated by your feathered friends. Birdhouses can be built in as simple or ornate a design as you like, and have become popular indoor decor accessories as well.
Cedar fencing is just right for making picture frames. You can make the frames in custom sizes, and leave them in their natural weathered state or paint them to match your decor. These frames tend to have a casual feel to them, so use them in your least formal rooms.
A large section of fencing with the slats left intact and still adjoined can make an interesting, unique wall hanging. Cut it to a size that fits your needs. You can then hang it as-is and enjoy the beauty of the weathered wood, paint it to look like an old advertisement, or paint any picture of your choice on it.
Another idea that uses a large section of fencing is a headboard. This project looks especially charming when the headboard is crafted from a gate made of slats in graduated lengths. You can paint the fencing section to match your bedroom's decor, or appreciate the tones of the rustically beautiful, weathered wood. Attach the wood to your bed frame or the wall.
This is a very simple project, but the result is rustic and beautiful. Simply hang a single fence slat, cut to your desired length, above a window. Use the slat to display tie-top curtains or drape a length of sheer or lightweight fabric over the board so that it hangs in front of the window, softly filtering the light.
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