I thought it would be neat to make a leather napkin cuff. It’s something your guests would not normally see and they will be impressed especially since you made them yourself.
I cut a 7 5/8″ x 1 1/2″ strip of leather from a scrap bag which you could get at Tandy Leather Company or the craft store. I like this sage color since it went well with the colors in this napkin. I pressed the concho against the leather where I wanted it to go to make an indention. Use a leather hole punch to punch a hole. This hole was 4.8mm. Punch a hole on the other end the same way. Loop the leather strap around to fit it together and attach screw. I used my fingernail since it’s hard to get a screw driver into the loop.
For a different strap look I pulled the two ends together and attached the concho.
I think it turned out nice. There are so many things you could do like putting studs in the leather and use snaps to close the loop. You could use different colors of leather to go with your décor. I thought of using white leather and epoxy a metal cross for Easter, but that’s another day and another post.
This may not be an original idea, but I haven’t seen it anywhere else. I didn’t have a place in the bathroom for a towel bar so my husband welded together an old horseshoe, square tubing, and a star for this hand towel holder to sit by the sink. I spray painted it black and I love it! It’s functional and fits in nicely with my rustic/western décor.
I came across this website on how to make wood stars, so we got right to work, as it looked pretty simple. This star is made out of mahogany 1×2 standing on edge. It is approximately 16″x 16″.
We tried to build it with the 1×2’s laying flat and the dimensions didn’t work out, so we adjusted the dimensions and built it anyway. I like them both. The first star has 3 coats of marine varnish, so it could be hung inside or outside. The second star is also made from mahogany and has two coats of spray polyurethane. These would be great for décor or holidays.
When I wade through my husband’s woodworking shop I’m always finding things that might be repurposed into something useful or artistic. He makes boat tillers and when I saw these tiller “drops” I thought candle holders! In other words, these are the unused portions of the tiller that he throws away. Ok, put a tea light in the top and voila! But they weren’t wide enough to put a tea light so I came up with the idea to have a trim piece at the top and bottom big enough to hold a tea light and it’s also more stable. These are made from mahogany and ash. I drilled a hole in the top piece for the tea light and screwed it into to the tiller. Screwed the bottom piece on and sprayed it with polyurethane. I wrapped rope from the craft store and tied into a reef knot. These will be on the website soon. Enjoy!
I used one of our pallet wood blanks to make a rustic candle holder. I painted it white and continued to add several different colors until it looked old and rustic. I wrapped rope around it and tied in a bow, then added an iron cross I had with epoxy. I put a flameless votive candle in the top but you could use a real candle. DIY or purchase on the website:
I know, quirky! It’s rustic meets industrial. I had a drawer panel left over from when we built our kitchen years ago and thought about adding hooks and making a coat rack and it evolved into this. The drawer panel was already stained and ready to go into a kitchen but I partially sanded it to make it look rustic. Then I slathered on some turquoise paint and added rustic cross tacks to the corners. I had this horse head that I drew and cut from plywood and I spray painted it chrome. It looks like sheet metal!
I wanted a 3D effect so I put the base of the horse against the panel and glued a wooden wedge behind it. Have fun transforming old drawer panels!
This is a picture of my grandmother when she was 18. Pretty fancy, huh? I don’t know what the occasion was but don’t let it fool you. She was a hard working farm woman and I was with her every step of the way when she washed clothes in a ringer washer and hung them on the line, gathered eggs from the chicken coop, picked peaches, gathered vegetables from the garden and list goes on and on. She and I were close and I enjoyed the time spent with her.
In a barn wood frame I drilled holes for some rusty star nails. I positioned them so that enough of the star would overhang the frame for handles. With a brad nail gun I nailed the rope to the frame. This could be hung on the wall or used as a tray. If used as a tray for drinks, I would put clear waterproof calk between the glass and the frame. I placed cardboard behind the picture and nailed a piece of 1/8″ plywood for backing. Any type of picture could be used but I thought this would give it a rustic western style.