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Western Style Mirrors

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.

 

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.

Lariat with Frames

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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.

Lariat with Picture Frames

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.

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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.

Concho Frame

Concho Frame

Consider using conchos and spots to adorn frames, cabinets or wooden wall art.

Concho Screw Adapter

I used a screw adapter to screw it into the frame.

Concho and Spot

I had these spots that went well with the Square Berry Copper Concho. With a utility knife I made indentions in the wood, placed the spot and hammered it into the frame.

Cowhide Tray

Cowhide Tray

Turn a wooden tray into a western cowhide tray. You can purchase the Wood Tray here, or you can use any wood tray you have. First I sanded the bottom of the tray and vacuumed the saw dust. I cut a template out of cardboard and placed on the cowhide to mark it and cut it out. Next I placed the cowhide on wax paper and brushed Titebond Original glue onto the cowhide. Be sure to brush out to all of the edges. Then place the cowhide into the tray and slide around until it fits. Keep smoothing it down to make sure the whole surface of the cowhide is in contact with the surface of the wood. I used my fingers, but you might want to use a roller. You could nail furniture tacks around the edges, but I like it the way it is.

Carved Wood Bowl

Carved Wood Bowl

The colors on this hand carved wooden bowl didn’t exactly turn out as I had envisioned, but maybe it will give you some inspiration. I painted the bowl white then streaked it with turquoise, sanded it and applied light brown Briwax. I glued a painted leather cross with Tite Bond Original to the bowl and nailed in brass furniture nails.

Cowhide Frame

Cowhide Frame

Here’s an idea for a western frame. I wanted to add hair on cowhide to an 8×10 barn wood frame and had some strips from another project that fit perfectly inside of this frame. That was easy! With a leather rotary cutter I had to cut 2 more strips to have enough. I glued them to the frame with hot glue, but next time I would use epoxy or Titebond the original. Holes were drilled for the 1″ silver Clavos in the corners and I attached one 3/4″ on each side. I sprayed Small Star Nails metallic silver and drilled holes to nail them into the upper and lower part of the frame. These star nails had longer nails so I was able to nail them in and keep them on the outer portion of the frame. It was a simple design and not a lot of work. Hopefully this will give you inspiration to come up with your own fancy creation.

Horseshoe Bottle Opener

Horseshoe Bottle Opener

Here’s an idea for a man cave. I found an old broken board from a weathered pallet and placed a Small Horseshoe on it, set a Bottle Opener inside it and screwed it to the board. The opener held the horseshoe to the board so I didn’t put any screws there, but you may want to do that. Use long screws to attach the Tiny Stars and mount on the wall. You could paint the cast iron items and/or the board, but I like it as is. Let the cast iron rust or spray a clear sealer to protect them.

Items used for this project are:

Bottle Opener

Small Horseshoe

Tiny Stars

Bottle Opener

Breakfast Tray

Breakfast Tray

To make a Rustic Western Breakfast Tray, I took wide weathered pallet boards and cut them the size I wanted. I painted the cut ends by using various watered down mixtures of gray, brown, black and white acrylic paint and wiping it off with a damp rag. I screwed the top boards to the side boards and attached corner braces underneath for strength. I screwed in the Large Horseshoes for handles. The dimensions are approximately 20″ wide x 10″ deep x 6″ tall.

Horseshoes on Breakfast Tray

This tray can be used as a breakfast tray in bed or on the couch. Or use it for reading a book or writing.

Pallet Wood Cross

Pallet Wood Cross

I had some weathered pallet boards and decided to make a rustic cross.

Pallet Wood Boards

Table Saw

I cut them the length I wanted and my assistant/husband cut a dado on the table saw. The dimensions of the cross became 16 1/2″ wide x 19″ tall.

Cut Boards

Boards Fit Together

I glued the boards together and attached copper upholstery nails.

Horseshoe Cross

These photos are to show you the different crosses you could use with the pallet wood cross.

You can drill a hole through the cast iron cross and screw it to the wood.

Small Cross

You could probably use epoxy to attach this small cross.

Scroll Cross

You could also paint the wood or the cast iron crosses to give it the effect you wanted.

Here are the cast iron crosses shown in this project:

Cross with Star and Horseshoe

Cross with Horseshoes and Star

Cross D58-080

Cross D58-090

Send us photos of your projects along with instructions and we will post them right here on the blog. Also we welcome your questions, suggestions or comments.