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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.



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 Towel Holder

This project evolved over time as I came up with ideas. Sometimes I pick up a horseshoe and ideas start popping into my head.

My husband has a wood shop so we have tons of wood. I grabbed a board and screwed a Large Horseshoe on each side and put a couple of finger towels on it. Cute! But…that wasn’t quite what I wanted.

How about a napkin holder? You don’t need to be a welder to make this! I cut a piece of mahogany to 6 5/8″ long  x 2 3/8″ wide x 1″ thick and screwed Large Horseshoes to it after they were spray painted black. You can use any wood and color schemes.

Standard napkins fit perfectly!

Then I decided to make a no weld hand towel stand. I took the base from a previous project (Longhorn Jewelry Holder) which is 6″ x 6″ x 3/4″ thick. The mahogany post is 1 3/4″ x 1″ x 16″ tall.

The Medium Star, 2 Large Horseshoes, and a Small Star Nail for the top were spray painted black. Try other types of wood and color schemes.

I drilled a hole in the end of the post, placed the star and post on the base and screwed it together, using a washer. The horseshoes were screwed to the post and a hole drilled for the star nail on top.

The wood was sprayed with a clear protective finish.

I love it! It is very sturdy to hold hand towels.

Here’s an idea! Attach an XL Horseshoe to the bottom of your favorite framed picture.

Or you can cut 2 pieces of wood and attach an XL Horseshoe with screws. Drill a key hole in the back of each piece and hang on screws that have drilled into the wall. I spray painted it black but you can use any colors to match your decor.

Wooden disposable guest towel holder. This is relatively easy and looks great for equine or western decor.

The base is 3/8″ thick x 8 1/2″ long x 4 3/4″ wide. The side pieces are 1/2″ thick x 2 1/2″ tall. I drew a design around a Tiny Horseshoe and cut it out on the scroll saw. Glue the sides on, clamp and let dry. There are a couple of brad nails in each side. The mahogany was finished with dark brown Briwax. The Tiny Horseshoes were screwed to the sides.

I think this towel holder is my favorite. These are a few of the many great horseshoe ideas to incorporate into your home decor. See what you can dream up!

Western Garland


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!

Horseshoe Shelf

HS Shelf

When I was sketching the plan for a spur brace I also came up with the idea of using horseshoes for a brace. This shelf is about 18″ long out of cedar that has been burned with a torch and finished with clear sealer. I screwed the shelf to the bottom board then I screwed Small Horseshoes which had been spray painted a textured brown to the ends to form the braces. I added Coat Hooks and a new Horse Hook we have on the website.

Horseshoe Shelf Side View

Here’s a close up of the end of the shelf.

Wooden Towel Holder

Wooden Towel Holder Pieces

I found 2 scrap pieces of 1/2″ birch plywood in the shop to make a wooden towel holder. On the scroll saw I cut slots to fit the pieces together.

Wooden Towel Holder Finished Pieces

Here are the finished pieces. I traced the inside of the Small Horseshoes and cut the holes. I recut the top a little fancier, stained the pieces, nailed the horseshoes on with carpet tacks, and added the Pewter Star Tacks.

Wooden Towel Holder without Towels

Here are the pieces fitted together.

Wooden Towel Holder

A Western style towel holder for your décor. This photo shot is in the kitchen but this would more likely reside in the bathroom.

Rope Frame

Rope Frame

This is an easy project to make a rustic western rope frame. I cut 4 pieces of rope, 2 1/2″ longer than the frame on each side. I cut 4 pieces of rope to fit on the inside of frame. I attached the rope with a brad gun but you could probably use hot glue, then I unraveled the ends of the ropes and glued Mini Star Nails at each corner.

Horseshoe Cross

Horseshoe Cross

Here’s a way to use our Tiny Horseshoes. I drew this cross by hand as you can tell it’s not perfect and cut it out of red oak wood on the scroll saw. It is 13″ tall x 10″ wide x 5/8″ thick. After tons of sanding I varnished it. I laid out my horseshoes and screwed them into the wood, then added a Small Star Nail in the center. You could paint the wood or the horseshoes any color and use any wood you desire. This cross would make a nice gift.


Pallet Wood Boot

Pallet Wood Boot

This idea just hit me one day to make a pallet wood boot. I wanted it large so the size of this boot is 18″ tall x 14″ wide. As usual I just dove in without thinking about how to make a template. I laid out the boards and with a ruler started drawing lines to make the cuts to shape the boot. I changed my mind on some of the lines so I had pencil marks that couldn’t be erased. Oh well, so I made the cuts on a scroll saw and laid the pieces on a 1/4″ piece of plywood, traced around it and cut out the plywood. So I had my template. One should make an extra template out of card board or plywood so you have it for future use. I laid the template on another set of pallet wood boards and traced around it and made the cuts. I glued the pieces to the plywood template with Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue, clamped them and let dry overnight. Now the fun begins!

Cowgirl Boot

Here are a few ideas on how to decorate this boot. Paint on a message and add a pink bandana. These letters are digital to show different ideas.

Cowboy Boot Sign

Of course for the Cowboy!

Southwest boot

Southwest Boot ~ You could paint Native American symbols.

Southwest Boot with Rope

Another southwest boot with a rope.

You could add ribbons, bows, paint, foliage for fall or Christmas, bells, lights. The possibilities are endless.







Fall Lariat Wreath

Fall Lariat Wreath

This was super easy! I put a zip tie on the top to hold the rope together and left enough room to slide in fall foliage. A burlap bow and deer antler were attached with wire.

Fall Arrangement

Here’s an easy Fall Arrangement to make. I had the rectangle basket just sitting there empty waiting for something to do. I set in a $1.99 pumpkin from the grocery store, stuck in the same fall foliage and burlap bow. Have fun!