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Rustic Elephants

Every Garden (or Porch) Needs a Pachyderm

Elephants are one of my favorite animals.  They are calm, until they're upset about something.  They're maternal, and have a matriarchal society.

Rustic Elephants

So here's my way of celebrating the mighty pachyderm.  I found some odd little metal bits when I went on the road trip last July, and I have no idea what they're off.  Some kind of agricultural machinery, it looks like.  One of them is a blade, so some sort of cutting implement?  I don't know, but I do know that as soon as I saw them, I saw elephants.

Do you see the elephant in this old scrap metal?

Burning up a bunch of old rotten boards, salvaging what I could to use for some craft or other guided me to saving some pieces of four by four lumber.  Hubby cut them into varying lengths, under duress.  Here's a guy who likes to measure and make sure everything is plumb and level, so he resisted my eyeball-and-cut method.

Rustic Elephants in progress

The pieces are weathered on the sides, but the freshly cut ends need some 'giggle juice' - see more about weathering wood with vinegar and steel wool here. 

To stay consistent with the nice silver grey look of the real thing, I've added some white acrylic craft paint to the vinegar mix to give it a more driftwood type appearance.  Otherwise, it can go a very dark brown, which is fine too.

Rustic Elephants, posing for their portraits...

I found bolts in varying sizes, all nicely rusted for the legs.

The tail will be a short piece of wire, twisted, and held on with a small fence staple.

The eyes are different sized nuts, washers and other found objects.

Does your garden or porch need a rustic elephant?

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