By Chris HillMore in Decorating
Position the pickets with the ends flush and place the spacers between the pickets while attaching the rails using glue and #18 x 1 1/4-inch wire brads (images 1 and 2). Use at least three brads per joint. Repeat with the first 10 pickets. Attach one picket at a time and use a square to keep the ends flush (image 3). Position the last picket flush with the end of the rails (image 4). This will leave about 1-1/2 inches between the last two rails.
Position the assembly with the rails facing down. Use a long ruler or straight edge as a guide for marking a line from the bottom of the bottom rail on the left picket to the bottom of the far right picket (image 1). Cut the excess using a jigsaw (image 2).
Use the layout (image 1) as a guide for marking and cutting to shape the stake. Cut 45-degree angles on one end.
Position the stake and attach using glue and #18 x 1-1/4" wire brads (image 2). Use at least three brads.
Place the assembly on a drop cloth and apply spray paint. We used Valspar Hammered Metal Spray Paint, Brown (image 3).
Position the fence in the desired spot in your yard and press the stake into the ground.