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Twigs, rustic salvage and found objects made into garden art - sound like something you like, too?

If it's rusty or rustic, weathered treasures gleaned from thrift stores and garage sales, or hand made crafts from natural materials in the hedgerows and roadsides; these are things that appeal to me - find out what is next...

Rustic Garden Art DIY Blog
May 26, 2017

Unique Wreath Making Ideas; I got a million of 'em!

Step right up; get your Unique Wreath Making Ideas here; there are lots to choose from - what's your favorite natural or salvaged material?

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May 24, 2017

Making Metal Look Old - patina, tarnish and rust

Making Metal Look Old; techniques and tips for artificially aging metal for rustic garden crafts; learn about patina, verdigris and how to make tin look aged

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May 24, 2017

Hypertufa Toadstools - perfect accent for a fairy garden

These Hypertufa Toadstools are a little different from the run of the mill mushrooms that you might see...

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May 23, 2017

Rebar for Crafts; using this metal construction rod for rustic crafts

Learn about using Rebar for Crafts; this useful metal construction rod can have many uses; for rustic garden archways, as a pin for footings for a pergola and so on...

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May 13, 2017

Best Power Tool Brands - choose the most reliable

Best Power Tool Brands - choose the most reliable tools for crafts...

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May 11, 2017

Twig Clipart; hand drawn dividers to decorate your blog or books

You need some Twig Clipart for decorating your blog or books, as dividers, accents and much more; free to download here...

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May 05, 2017

Allan Dunfield - British Columbia Artist

British Columbia Artist Allan Dunfield...

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May 04, 2017

How to Make a Scarecrow - a garden tradition

Learn how to Make a Scarecrow with thrift store finds, recycled junk and salvage, then share your scarecrows pictures...

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May 02, 2017

Wood Burning Patterns - mandala designs

Wood Burning Patterns; use the mandala coloring pages for the basis for this intriguing craft; pyrography...

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May 01, 2017

Root Baskets; roots are a great natural material too

Making Root Baskets using the same techniques as for twig baskets gives a whole new meaning to rustic crafts; textural and twisted, roots are a great natural material

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Apr 25, 2017

Harvesting Twigs for Crafts; what are the most important things to know?

Learn the most important things about Harvesting Twigs for Crafts; the how to primer for collecting twigs efficiently and safely

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Apr 16, 2017

Earth Day - make your garden art recycled and reused

Earth Day is coming up; what will you do to help Mother Earth? How about making some garden art out of junk and trash?

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Apr 15, 2017

Hand Painted Garden Signs - witty and whimsical

Make some Hand Painted Garden Signs with witty and whimsical sayings and quotes...

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Apr 14, 2017

Hypertufa Duds - Booboos, Blunders and Bloopers

It's not all smooth sailing with Hypertufa; checkout my booboos, blunders and bloopers...

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Apr 07, 2017

Is There a Paint That Makes a Piece Look Old and Rusty?

Is There a Paint That Makes a Piece Look Old and Rusty?

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Mar 28, 2017

Faux Birds Nests - save the real thing for the birds

There are rules about not taking real birds nests for your crafts, so make some Faux Birds Nests instead...

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Mar 23, 2017

The Gardener is 'In' Sign...

The Gardener is 'In' or 'Out' Sign...

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Mar 09, 2017

Punched Heart Lantern - Garden Art DIY Tutorial

Celebrate Valentines Day (or any time) with a Punched Heart Lantern - Garden Art DIY Tutorial...

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Mar 09, 2017

Rustic Twig Fences; build your own primitive & charming fence

Rustic Twig Fences add so much charm and character to your garden; create yours out of branches and twigs...

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Mar 08, 2017

Hypertufa Hands - cement planter shaped like a hand

DIY Rustic Garden Art - Hypertufa Hands to give a helping hand in the garden...

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Mar 07, 2017

Hypertufa Millstone - my largest garden feature yet

Making this Hypertufa Millstone took a bit of work, and two batches of my regular hypertufa mix to get enough to fill the mold...

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Mar 05, 2017

Junk Garden Sheds - every garden needs at least one rustic little shack

What's your favorite in this collection of Junk Garden Sheds? Whether your taste runs to Victorian style garden sheds, or something a little more rustic, you'll dream about these...

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Mar 02, 2017

Hypertufa Fissures; crags, crevices and cracks

Creating Hypertufa Fissures to plant hardy succulents into is a fun way to copy the cracks, crevices and craggs of a rugged mountainside; a home for hardy alpine plants...

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Feb 24, 2017

Are there others like me in S. Indiana ?

I would really enjoy learning from a real forager. Being outside, finding new places and things, but never forget my favorite spots.

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Feb 21, 2017

Hillbilly Clipart; rustic pictures, shacks & primitive art

Hillbilly Clipart; bringing the country life to your art work, blog or just for fun; gardening, rustic shacks, primitive art...

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Feb 20, 2017

Eggporeum Spring Cleaning; dusting off the cobwebs

The Eggporeum got a good spring cleaning; refreshing the display and adding some new and interesting junk finds gives it a new look...

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Feb 15, 2017

Garden Sign Sayings - funny quotes, whimsical sayings

Here's where you can find Garden Sign Sayings for your rustic garden signs; contribute your own to the growing list...

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Feb 13, 2017

Latex Molds for Hypertufa - diy concrete garden crafts

Use these fabulous Latex Molds for Hypertufa diy concrete garden crafts; tutorial and lots of detail...

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Feb 12, 2017

My Cabin in the Woods - paradise in a sustainable package

Is a Rustic Cabin in the Woods in your destiny? Share in the adventure while we plan and build our little paradise

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Feb 09, 2017

DIY Clay Pot Garden - make your own fairy garden

Make your own fairy garden - DIY Clay Pot Garden...

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Feb 09, 2017

Creative Collective - a full year of fun!

A full year of fun - Creative Collective...

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Feb 09, 2017

Hypertufa Strata Planter; no need for real rocks, just make your own

A Hypertufa Strata Planter is my take on rugged mountain terrain, with crevices and cracks for plants to cling to, just like on their original mountain peaks...

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Feb 08, 2017

Upcycled Armoire - or, how to build something cool out of junk

Making a really cool Upcycled Armoire isn't as difficult as it may seem; contrary to popular belief, you don't need a ton of tools and experience to refurbish and recombine...

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Feb 06, 2017

Encrusted Cannonballs Gazing Ball - my take on a rustic artefact

Make your own Encrusted Cannonballs - my take on a rustic artefact from the deeps...

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Feb 05, 2017

Bent Twig Furniture - make your own rustic chairs and benches

Make your own Bent Twig Furniture; the most important thing is to choose the right twigs for your projects...

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Jan 27, 2017

Favorite Hypertufa Molds - some inspiration

Here are some of my Favorite Hypertufa Molds - they're all around us...

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Jan 25, 2017

Rustic Paint Techniques - for aged and weatherbeaten charm

Rustic Paint Techniques to age and weather your rustic crafts for a weatherbeaten appearance

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Jan 25, 2017

Hypertufa How To; all about making hypertufa projects

Hypertufa How To; your quick guide to making rustic crafts with this versatile and unique material; learn the tips and tricks here

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Jan 24, 2017

Twig Walking Stick; your customized staff, pole or cane from a twig

Make your own Twig Walking Stick from twigs or branches right from your own garden, salvaged from tree pruning crews, or even wildcrafting expeditions; your very own customized cane

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Jan 21, 2017

Vintage Windows; repurposing old windows for garden crafts

Use your old Vintage Windows for refurbishing into some unique and unusual garden crafts; plant them with succulents or make a tiny rustic greenhouse to display ferns or violets in...

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Jan 20, 2017

My Favorite Thrift Store Finds - treasures in the rough

Here are some of my Favorite Thrift Store Finds - I love that feeling of glee when you spot something in the recycle center, knowing you can make it into a treasure...

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Jan 19, 2017

Bird Strikes - that awful sound of a bird hitting the window

That awful sound of a bird hitting the window is something I dread; Bird Strikes are common, especially in the spring or when young birds are fledging...

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Jan 17, 2017

Junk Shop Treasures - hidden gems

Hidden Gems - Junk Shop Treasures...

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Jan 17, 2017

Rustic Painted Doors - make your door unique

Make a unique opening for your dwelling or shed; Rustic Painted Doors...

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Jan 15, 2017

Garage Sale Gleanings - treasures from yard sales

Treasures from yard sales - Garage Sale Gleanings...

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Jan 14, 2017

How to Make Hypertufa Look Old; weathering and aging techniques

How to Make Hypertufa Look Old; rustic garden art tutorial...

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Jan 14, 2017

Hypertufa Chairs? How on earth...?

How on earth do you make Hypertufa Chairs?

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Jan 14, 2017

Mason Jar Storage - for small bits and pieces

Craft Storage Ideas - Mason Jar Storage...

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Jan 14, 2017

Craft Storage Cabinet - do it yourself resource center

DIY your own Craft Storage Cabinet using upcycled kitchen cabinets...

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