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 thought this might be fun for kids. Draw and cut out a horse head from plywood. Paint it any color and glue bling from the craft store. They could have fun coming up with their own design.
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:
Pallet Wood Blanks
Blue Crosses – Set of Three
Blue Cross Candle Holder
Horseshoes! Customers love them for weddings and events. They tie on ribbon or string and add cards. They use them for wedding favors or place settings or decoration. See what you can dream up.
Transform your cast iron by painting it. At the craft store there are many different types of paint. I use acrylic or spray paint. Leave it as is and spray on clear sealer. Here are several examples to give you some ideas. Have fun!
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.
If you have any antlers, they can be incorporated into your décor for a rustic Christmas. I made and tied a burlap bow onto the base of an antler and placed greenery underneath. I added a pine cone and a couple of flameless candles. This could be a simple center piece for the table. In the glass bowl I added greenery, large pine cones, a large flameless candle and a deer antler with a red ribbon tied on the base.
We came up with this lamp design to go with our décor. I found the terracotta sconce at a local rustic décor store and the shade at Lowes. We made the wooden pieces and applied a clear finish. We rigged up a night light bulb inside the sconce and used a three way light kit. When you turn the switch once the bottom bulb lights up, turn it twice the top bulb lights up, and turn it once more and both bulbs light up. We have really enjoyed these lamps over the years.