I’ve always wanted to make western style mirrors. I bought a couple of mirrors from the craft store, one 12″x12″ and the other 10″ round. I used the weathered wood frame from the Clocks blog. Since I used epoxy to ‘glue’ in the tile, it took a while to get it out and clean it up. I had to rout out a little wider for the mirror since it was larger. I cut strips of leather 1″ wide and attached with Star Tacks. My husband’s industrial strength glue gun worked nicely for mounting the mirror in the frame. A different idea would be to attach hair on cowhide pieces to the corners with upholstery nails and add barbed wire on the sides.
Now for a lariat mirror. I took a lariat and wound it tight to fit around the 10″ mirror. I first taped it together so I could wrap leather lace on each side. Then I attached leather laced conchos. I cut a piece of plywood on the scroll saw a little smaller than the lariat and glued the mirror onto it. I set the lariat on the mirror and pulled parts of the lariat down around the plywood and attached with a brad nail gun.
I thought I would add the Texas Coat Rack to this list of western style mirrors.
These are relatively easy western mirror projects you can make for gifts or home décor.
This project is a Horseshoe Cup Holder made with wood and Tiny Horseshoes. I drew a design for the feet and cut it on the scroll saw.
I glued them onto a wood post and painted it a rustic gray. I screwed on the horseshoes including one on top.
You could add more horseshoes and spray paint it your desired color for a jewelry stand.
I have always wanted to make a horseshoe wreath, but since I’m not a welder, I created a new way to make it.
I used #6 x 3/4″ pan head machine screws and nuts. I did enlarge a few holes on the drill press so the screws would fit.
These are large cast iron horseshoes. You could use steel horseshoes as well.
Getting the right screw is crucial and these fit perfectly.
I was so exited, I immediately wrapped red bandanas through the horseshoes.
I sprayed the horseshoes silver metallic and wove a pink bandana through the horseshoes, a blue one next to it and tied it in the back.
You’ve got to love this cowboy version! I sprayed one of our Western Cutouts silver and attached it with wire. I wrapped blue and red bandanas and tied them in the front.
Texas Horseshoe Wreath with Texas in Circle Cutout, blue and red bandanas, and Texas Barbed Wire Conchos. I added concho screw adapters to the conchos and screwed them into the holes. I painted the cutout to resemble the Texas flag.
This is with a plain burlap ribbon woven through the horseshoes and tied into a bow at the bottom. Looks like decoration for a wedding.
The possibilities are endless and these ideas will give you inspiration to create your own. It’s fun and easy!
Spring is just around the corner so time to bring out the colors of spring.
It’s easy to make a Spring Hat Wreath. I had this sun hat and found a flower garland at the craft store to wrap around it. I wired on a burlap bow and a twine hanger for the top.
Make a horseshoe candle holder by screwing Small Horseshoes onto a block of wood, paint it the colors of spring and add silk or real flowers. Use as centerpieces for weddings or parties. It will hold a 3″ pillar candle or…
To make a rustic spring planter I gathered scraps from my weathered pallet wood projects.
I glued and nailed the upright pieces to a pallet wood base.
I used the rest of the flower garland and tied twine around the planter.
Or you could add daisies and a distressed Cross Nail.
Here is another color scheme with a Mini Star Nail.
These ideas should give you inspiration to create for Springtime.
Hearts are the theme today to spread some love around the world!
I made these two lariat hearts by simply using a 44″ piece of lariat, pulling it into the shape of a heart and wrapping with red leather lace, leaving enough excess for a tassel.
I could stop right there. You can hang these anywhere and I thought they looked great! But I wanted to make more hearts!
So, I made a heart from pallet boards. I cut a heart shape from plywood, placed the boards together, traced the heart shape on the boards and cut them on the scroll saw, then glued them to the plywood. Actually, I used liquid nails which I don’t recommend because it takes too long to dry. This heart is 8″ wide x 7″ tall.
Then I cut 2 small hearts from the scraps. They are 3 1/2″ wide x 3″ tall.
I attached a green lariat to the large heart with a brad nail gun and tied the lariat hearts together with red bows. I glued on the small hearts and added a red bandana. When I throw things together like this it gives me inspiration for more ideas.
I painted one board red using a dry brush painting technique.
I found a pink lariat and attached it to the large heart with a brad nail gun then glued on a lariat heart. This was not planned and it fit perfectly.
I cut different shapes from plywood, drilled a hole in each and painted them. I attached these pieces to the lariat with twine.
And here is the finished Valentine’s Lariat Wreath!
I made heart hangers from the small pallet hearts by drilling a hole and adding leather lace. Glue on a concho for western flair.
So this is my twist on a few rustic hearts to give you some inspiration. Hope you enjoyed it!
This project evolved over time as I came up with ideas. Sometimes I pick up a horseshoe and ideas start popping into my head.
My husband has a wood shop so we have tons of wood. I grabbed a board and screwed a Large Horseshoe on each side and put a couple of finger towels on it. Cute! But…that wasn’t quite what I wanted.
How about a napkin holder? You don’t need to be a welder to make this! I cut a piece of mahogany to 6 5/8″ long x 2 3/8″ wide x 1″ thick and screwed Large Horseshoes to it after they were spray painted black. You can use any wood and color schemes.
Standard napkins fit perfectly!
Then I decided to make a no weld hand towel stand. I took the base from a previous project (Longhorn Jewelry Holder) which is 6″ x 6″ x 3/4″ thick. The mahogany post is 1 3/4″ x 1″ x 16″ tall.
I drilled a hole in the end of the post, placed the star and post on the base and screwed it together, using a washer. The horseshoes were screwed to the post and a hole drilled for the star nail on top.
The wood was sprayed with a clear protective finish.
I love it! It is very sturdy to hold hand towels.
Here’s an idea! Attach an XL Horseshoe to the bottom of your favorite framed picture.
Or you can cut 2 pieces of wood and attach an XL Horseshoe with screws. Drill a key hole in the back of each piece and hang on screws that have drilled into the wall. I spray painted it black but you can use any colors to match your decor.
Wooden disposable guest towel holder. This is relatively easy and looks great for equine or western decor.
The base is 3/8″ thick x 8 1/2″ long x 4 3/4″ wide. The side pieces are 1/2″ thick x 2 1/2″ tall. I drew a design around a Tiny Horseshoe and cut it out on the scroll saw. Glue the sides on, clamp and let dry. There are a couple of brad nails in each side. The mahogany was finished with dark brown Briwax. The Tiny Horseshoes were screwed to the sides.
I think this towel holder is my favorite. These are a few of the many great horseshoe ideas to incorporate into your home decor. See what you can dream up!
I wanted to incorporate the Star in Ring into a Christmas wreath and was going to use green garland, but decided to use a lariat rope instead. I tied the rope onto the ring with leather lace and tied on horseshoes and a spur. This looked kind of messy to me. So I took everything off and started again.
I wrapped the rope with jute twine at the top and on each side and tied it tight. It is holding the Star in Ring at the top of the rope. I stuck Small Star Nails into the twine and you may want to add some hot glue. The tasseled rope at the top was from another project and I placed it behind the star nail. Add a little glue here too. It is just a piece of lariat rope unraveled and wrapped with leather lace.
I added a burlap bow with pine cones to the bottom. Leave that off for year round and decorate for other holidays accordingly. Have fun!
When I first wake up in the morning ideas pop into my head. That was the case with this idea. I thought of attaching frames to a piece of lariat rope but found that there are several different ways to do this. I started with the loop end at the top and attached inexpensive frames with a brad nail gun. I was going to cut the rope at the bottom and tassel it. Instead I just hung the remainder of the rope on the top frame. Not bad, but I wanted to try something else.
Beginning at the tassel end I doubled enough rope for the frames and tassel at the end. To hold it together I wrapped leather lace at the top, leaving enough for a loop for hanging. I wrapped leather lace at the bottom leaving enough for unraveling into a large double tassel. I attached the frames and hung it on the wall. The rope tended to curve so I nailed in Mini Star Nails to keep it straight and against the wall. I attached the remainder of the rope at the top with leather lace. You could decorate this for the holidays with fall leaves or Christmas greenery.
Or, you can leave off the coiled rope. You could use more frames, barn wood frames, or different colored frames. Display your whole family! But this is my family. These photos are of my three babies and their sire in the middle.
This is a wood star corner block used for trim on Americana themed windows and doors. I saw this at the home improvement store and envisioned a cute wooden trinket box.
I cut a board into pieces the same size as the star trim and glued and nailed it together with a brad nail gun.
I spray painted it white and added hinges and a latch from the hardware store.
It would be fun to decorate this trinket box for the holidays.
I made a wood star tray with molding for the sides. The shape is like a primitive star.
You will be cutting 10 pieces any length you want. These were about 5 inches and the star was about 13 1/2 inches wide. You may want to cut scrap pieces before cutting the actual molding.
First make a jig for the cuts at the points of the star. Screw a piece of wood onto a piece of 1/2 inch plywood at 54 degrees. Put your miter saw at 30 degrees and clamp and cut each piece making sure to lay it on the correct side so that the cut pieces fit together. Cut the pieces about 2 inches longer than you want them to be.
Diagram of the jig.
The other end is cut at 30 degrees. Clamp a scrap piece and place the piece to cut against it so they will all be the same length. Clamp each piece you are cutting so it doesn’t move and make sure to lay it on the correct side.
Tape all the pieces together to make sure they fit, then glue and tape. Let dry overnight. Nail the pieces with a brad nail gun.
Trace around the star on a piece of 1/4 inch plywood and cut it out on the band or scroll saw. Glue the star to the plywood, let dry and brad nail it. Sand as needed after each step. Use wood filler to fill any joints or nail holes. Then start painting.
I cut a piece off of a big soft sponge, got it wet, and squeezed out the excess. Paint acrylic dark brown all over, let dry then randomly dab a lighter brown, gray, orange, back to dark brown, etc. Dry with a hair dryer between coats if you’re in a hurry. Just keep layering until your are happy with it. If you make a mistake just paint over it. I wanted a rusty tin look.
Spray a sealer coat and you are done! This wasn’t an easy project but it was fun and I felt as though I had accomplished something unique.