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Clocks

It’s ‘time’ to make clocks! You can make a clock out of just about anything. It’s easy and fun!

We have some left over Saltillo tile we used from a house project and I wanted to make something with one of the tiles. I put together a barn wood frame and routed out a place on the front of the frame for the tile.

Epoxy was used to hold the tile in place.

Since the frame is square (17.5″ x 17.5″), I decided to rotate it to make a diamond clock. Holes were drilled for the 2″ Square Berry Copper Conchos, 3/4″ Copper Clavos and the clock hands. You can get the clocks and hands at the craft store. Concho screw adapters were used for the conchos or you could glue them.

This boot was a previous project transformed into a clock. I attached the clock hands and small brown conchos for the numbers.

This is also a previous project transformed into a clock, using the Mini Star Nails and Tiny Horseshoes for the numbers.

This is a mahogany star I had made for another project but I thought it would make a cute clock. Tiny Star Tacks were used for the numbers.

I needed ample room on the clock post for the thick Small Star and I had a thin piece of basswood for wood burning projects. I place the star and XL Horseshoe, built the clock and marked the holes for the horseshoe nails. I used Horseshoe Star Conchos for the 12, 3, 6 and 9 and Star Tacks for the rest of the numbers. I marked and drilled the holes.

Then I removed it all and put a coat of dark brown Briwax on the wood. All the nails were too long so I cut them shorter. The frame’s depth is 1 1/2″ to accommodate the clock in the back. This clock can sit on a shelf.

I rummaged through the pallet scraps and picked a few to make a round lariat clock. I attached 2 boards with dry wall screws to the back to hold it together.

I drilled holes to attach the lariat rope with jute twine and for the clock and Bronc and Berry Conchos.

A concho screw adapter was used for the conchos.

Bronc and Berry Concho

What clocks have you made? Tell us about them.

Horseshoe Wreath

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.

Star Horseshoe Wreath with a star burlap ribbon, Mini Star Nails painted red and a painted Star in Circle Cutout hung by wire.

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!

Springtime Crafts

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…

A votive.

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

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!

 

 

 

Star Trinket Box

Star Casing

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.

Unpainted

I cut a board into pieces the same size as the star trim and glued and nailed it together with a brad nail gun.

Star Box

I spray painted it white and added hinges and a latch from the hardware store.

Open

 

Star Trinket Box

It would be fun to decorate this trinket box for the holidays.

Decorative Horseshoes

With Pewter Tacks

Decorating horseshoes is fun and easy and great for kids. Our Large Horseshoe is a perfect size for this. Here are a few ideas to spark your imagination. If you’re giving as a gift you can personalize it, decorating with what that special person likes. This one has leather lacing and pewter Star Tacks.

With Horseshoe Nail Cross

This horseshoe has turquoise leather cord, a horseshoe nail cross wrapped in copper wire and three horseshoe nails attached at the bottom.

Texas Horseshoe

The Texas Magnet attaches easily to the cast iron. You could use any type of magnet. There is also leather lacing, Oil Rubbed Bronze Star Tacks, and a leather star which can be hot glued on.

Horseshoe with Cross

This horseshoe is wrapped in black leather lacing with wooden black beads at the bottom. The cross is from the Western Cross Magnets Set. It has a clip on the back so I just clipped it to the leather lacing.

Patriotic

Happy 4th of July! Of course I had to be a little patriotic today. This horseshoe is wrapped in red and white leather lacing with Mini Star Nails painted red, white and blue. I stuck the top two stars in the holes. If you wanted it permanent you can put on a little glue. There’s not a hole in the bottom so I bent the nail over and slid it into the lacing. Have fun!

The items used in this project are:

Large Horseshoe

Pewter Star Tacks

Texas Magnet

Oil Rubbed Bronze Star Tacks

Western Cross Magnet

Mini Star Nails

July 4th Wreath

July 4th Wreath

July 4th is around the corner! Time to make a patriotic wreath. I found all this burlap ribbon on sale last year and have been saving it just for this. There are lots of videos on making burlap wreaths and bows so you can do it! I used a wood cut out horse from a previous post and painted it like a US flag. I would hot glue it or hang it with wire. Have fun!

Horseshoe Welcome Sign

Horseshoe Welcome Sign

I picked up the cast iron Horseshoe Welcome Sign and placed it on a weathered board. I thought of putting a Tiny Horseshoe on each side, but decided to use Tiny Stars. I painted the stars to match the sign and screwed everything into the board with brown screws from the hardware store. I was going to stop right there, and I thought of hanging the sign with an old rusty chain. Instead, I took a piece of lariat rope and nailed it to the back. I wrapped leather lacing on each end leaving about 6 inches for a tassel, and begin the task of unraveling the rope, which takes quite a while. I wrapped a little lace on the top also. You can have fun with this. The kids can paint the stars and unravel the rope. Just place some wax paper on the table and use dark brown acrylic paint, let dry and add a little black.