Trays are good to have around during the holidays. Use them to serve your guests or decorate with your favorite holiday décor. Take this idea and make it your own.
I cut 4 pallet boards 13 1/2″ long. I used a nail gun to nail 2 boards 19 3/4″ long to the back of the 4 short boards.
I cut off pieces of a pallet support board for the handles and nailed them into the bottom boards.
I added Clavos to the top of the handles.
I added smaller Clavos to the ends of the 4 short boards.
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!
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!
This Western Garland is a new item. What fun you can have with this! It’s made of metal or tin with coiled wire and painted brown. It is 8 foot long with a loop on each end to attach anywhere you want. You can spray paint the whole thing a different color or multi colors. You could paint each piece a different color.
It would be great for birthday parties or any holiday or just decoration on the mantel year round. You could even cut the wire, pull each piece out, attach a wire loop where the holes were, paint your choice of color and use for western ornaments!
You could also weave it into some pine garland or into a wreath.
You have a choice of Texas, Steer, Boot or Horse or buy all four so you have a big variety. I’m sure there are many more ways to use this garland. Have fun!
My initial thought was to make a pallet wood tray with rope handles. That idea evolved into first a box, then a box with a lid. I showed some sketches to my husband and he built a prototype out of rough mahogany without me even knowing about it. How sweet! I was really excited then, but I wanted to make it from weathered pallet boards, so we got to work.
We cut the boards as we were fitting it together like a puzzle.
One of the end pieces is shorter to allow for the lid to close.
We drilled 3/16″ holes 1/4″ deep in the sides of the lid for 1/2″ long wooden dowels 5/8″ from the end of the lid.
We drilled 3/16″ holes 1/4″ deep on each side piece 1 1/4″ from the end if using 1/2″ thick boards.
We glued the pieces together with wood glue and used a brad gun to secure it. On the fresh cut ends like the end of the lid shown in this picture I applied a mixture of a little black, grey and brown acrylic paint and wiped it off with a paper towel. You have to experiment to get it right.
The dimensions of the box are 9 1/4″ long x 4 3/4″ deep x 3 1/2″ tall. The boards used are 1/2″ thick x 3 1/2″ wide. It’s not absolutely perfect but that’s ok. It’s rustic!
There are many ways to decorate and use this box. Decorate it for the holidays.
Add a flameless candle, greenery and a bow, or potpourri.
Tie a bow around it and put a surprise inside for a great gift.
My original plan for the box was attaching rusty tiny horseshoes to the sides as shown here. The box could be painted or you could use wooden adornments, nails and tacks, or bling. Use the décor scheme that suits you.
Here’s a cute way to use our spurs as a candle holder for the holidays. Tie a glass votive with rope and set inside the spur. Add fall leaves for Thanksgiving or…
greenery for Christmas.
We have a lot of wood around the shop and I’m always trying to come up with ideas. I decided to make chunky wood stars that would stand on a counter, shelf or table. These are cut with a band saw out of red oak. The small star is 1 3/4″ thick x 7″ wide and the large star is 1 3/4″ thick x 10″ wide. I left them unfinished for creativity such as painting, staining, varnishing and decorating. These stars can be purchased from the website here. In the next post I’ll show you how to use these stars to make a candle holder.