Rustic Whitewashed Wooden Cross

This is a great way to use up scrap wood and old glass jars. This post gives directions on how to make a wood cross using reclaimed wood or barn wood.

Reusing old wood and glass jars in one project?!  Yeah, I agree, it doesn’t get any better than that to those of us that love to reuse stuff that is otherwise destined for the garbage!

I grabbed some old cedar fence pickets from a pile my dad had stashed away in his back yard.  Honestly, most of them were in really bad shape, but I pulled a couple out that were still salvageable to be reused.

This is a great way to use up scrap wood and old glass jars. This post gives directions on how to make a wood cross using reclaimed wood or barn wood.

I cut them down – 3 pieces all the same length and one piece that is longer.  (Do you like those exact measurements or what?)

This is a great way to use up scrap wood and old glass jars. This post gives directions on how to make a wood cross using reclaimed wood or barn wood.

I then found the halfway point on the width of each board and marked it.  My preferred way to find the halfway point without any math is to take a piece of paper, trim it down to the width of the wood, and then fold it in half.  MUCH easier than dividing fractions, that’s for sure!

This is a great way to use up scrap wood and old glass jars. This post gives directions on how to make a wood cross using reclaimed wood or barn wood.

I set my miter saw at a 45 degree angle and made my cut right at that halfway point I marked.

This is a great way to use up scrap wood and old glass jars. This post gives directions on how to make a wood cross using reclaimed wood or barn wood.

I swung my saw around to the other 45 degree mark and cut the other side.  This takes a little bit of practice, but once you get a hang of the width of your saw blade, it’ll work out just fine.  It might be worth it to practice on a couple of scrap wood pieces first, though.

This is a great way to use up scrap wood and old glass jars. This post gives directions on how to make a wood cross using reclaimed wood or barn wood.

I whitewashed the pieces (using this method for whitewashing wood) to lighten them up and give them a bit more dimension.

The next step in the process is to attach the pieces together.

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