Rustic Crafts

Using Found Items and Materials
to Make Unique Crafts and Art

Rustic crafts have become almost mainstream.

With the interest in saving the environment, people all around the globe have also become fascinated with using natural materials and found items to decorate their habitats and gardens.

You can join this exclusive group by using some of these ideas to utilize wildcrafted bounty, rustic salvage and treasures from the thrift store to make garden art and rain chains, twig décor and much more.

Begin the mesmerizing journey of looking at the world in the rustic way and you’ll never go back to accepting the plastic, the fake or the just plain wasteful.

You will have become a rustic artisan, using salvage to make unique crafts for your garden, and adding the palette of age, patina and weathered to enhance your surroundings.

Salvaged art can be made from what most people call trash.

Rustic and Vintage; Primitive and Country; our favorite Garden Crafts

The first step is to train your eye to see crafts in the mundane, the trash and junque that fills the world around us.

Seeking out and seeing the gem in the garbage is the key – garage and yard sales, thrift stores, recycle centers and basement clean out days are a good place to start.

Have some idea of what to focus on – I use these key words and phrases when I tell others what I’m looking for – you may have a different set of focus words:

  • Rusty metal – especially old tools, garden implements and hooks, anything made of wire, wrought iron – even painted as the finish is easily burned off in a bonfire.
  • Baskets, old and weathered are fine, especially if they’re large enough to use for a hypertufa mold.
  • Weathered barnboard, old tool boxes, window boxes that I can add twigs to. You'll be amazed at the barnboard crafts you can make.
Thriftstore finds like these old shoes are perfect little planters
  • Driftwood, contorted roots to make into planters, even planks weathered by storms to make into furniture, driftwood dining tables and many other unique pieces.
  • Painted weathered distressed wood furniture, even those old dressers missing a drawer can be used for something – especially planting with succulent plants.
  • Shoes and boots, preferably old and leather, but anything can be planted.

Once you have a theme, take it and run with it. Others will see your crafts and start searching out the same things, so get in there first, and make sure you have a good stock of items for your salvaged art.

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Before you think that making rustic crafts is too difficult, I have to remind you that I make all these crafts myself; occasionally you may need a hand with one or two things, such as holding the pieces together while you nail them.

Look on the page about easy rustic projects for a few simple crafts to start with.

Rustic crafts can be addictive, but luckily, these items are mostly seen as trash and garbage. Please share your trash into art by posting some pictures.

Do you have a great rustic art project?

I want to hear about your latest rustic craft or project - please share! If you're a twig artisan, a hypertufarist, or you like to paint funny garden signs, let's see what you've been up to. Send some pictures, and tell us something about your rustic craft, and how you'll be using it. Looking forward to it!

What's your rustic craft?

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Camouflage Plant Pots 
I inherited a whole lot of plastic pots after a friend died, and passed them on to me. They are several different sizes, and are made from the kind of …

Wooden door 
Wooden Rustic Door; Used a variety of found scrap wood including old broom handles, the door or wooden hanging is approx. 50" x 79" x 3" . .....patrick …

Camouflage Chaise 
Years ago, someone gave me a really ugly molded plastic chaise, I'm sure with good intentions, but until recently I had avoided using it, due to the fact …

Bird House, wind chime 
I went to an old salvage place and found this very unusual piece of something. The guy said it was used in a brewery, yet when I bought it they put …

Aboriginal Antique Baskets 
This isn't exactly my craft that I make, but I've been collecting the fascinating examples of baskets made by the Native peoples of what is now Northern …

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