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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
Apr 01, 2020

Storing Twigs for Crafts; harvesting and collecting is done, now what?

Storing Twigs for Crafts is one of the most important skills; if you don't know how to store them properly, they could rot or be unusable when you go to make your rustic craft

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Apr 01, 2020

Rustic Garden Structures; what will your next project be?

Making Rustic Garden Structures gives a charming ambiance to your garden; use branches and twigs, rustic salvage and upcycle them into unique and unusual garden projects...

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Mar 31, 2020

Simple Rustic Displays - natural and found objects in a vignette

Simple Rustic Displays are collections of your vintage treasures, gathered together in eclectic groupings...

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Mar 28, 2020

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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Mar 16, 2020

Popes Pots Hypertufa; an article by Deb about her hypertufa creations

Popes Pots Hypertufa; an article by Deb Pope about her hypertufa creations; troughs, containers and pots all made from that magical mix of concrete, peat moss and perlite

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Mar 07, 2020

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 27, 2020

Rustic Twig Gate - my dream gate come true

Building my Rustic Twig Gate to keep the deer out of my garden was a long time in the planning stages; it has finally come to fruition

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Feb 25, 2020

Mushroom Solar Lights; use your crystal and glass dishes and vases

Make your own Mushroom Solar Lights with a few basic ingredients; salvaged glass or crystal dishes from the thrift store and a recycled solar light and you have a unique accent

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Feb 23, 2020

Finds From the Recycle Center - treasures in disguise

Treasures in disguise - Finds From the Recycle Center...

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Feb 19, 2020

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 15, 2020

Coppice - specialized pruning technique for willows & shrubs

Pruning your shrubs in the Coppice method will promote lots of new whippy growth perfect for baskets and other twig crafts...

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Feb 11, 2020

Bed Frame Gates - they're the perfect thing for a rustic entryway

Make some Bed Frame Gates for your garden - they are made to order for occasionally used entry ways...

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Feb 09, 2020

How to Break a Clay Pot for a Fairy Garden - diy tips

How to Break a Clay Pot for a Fairy Garden - DIY Tips

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Feb 01, 2020

Rustic Valentine - primitive and heart shaped

Rustic Valentine - heart motifs in rural primitive style...

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Jan 27, 2020

Elmers Glue Paint Crackling; how to paint rustic look

Elmers Glue Paint Crackling; my project on using this cheap (er, economical) method of creating that rustic look on everyday items for your home and garden

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Jan 24, 2020

Mandala Coloring Pages - unique hand drawn designs for crafts

A collection of Mandala Coloring Pages for wood burning, embroidery and many more crafts

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Jan 23, 2020

How to Make Hypertufa; tips & techniques for this unique garden craft

How to Make Hypertufa; join in the fun and learn how to make this unique garden craft; use these instructions to make troughs, pinch pots and many more great hypertufa projects

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Jan 22, 2020

Mandala Designs; complicated kaleidescope pictures

Mandala Designs use simple patterns repeated over again to make a complicated kaleidescope picture; use these for embroidery, coloring or for meditation

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Jan 16, 2020

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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Jan 13, 2020

10 Best Rustic Pin Boards - meet and follow

Follow these 10 Best Rustic Pin Boards for a ton of inspiration...

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Jan 13, 2020

Painting Trees - for the arboreally fixated among us

Painting Trees - tips and tutorials for the arboreally fixated among us...

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Jan 11, 2020

Rustic Painted Doors - make your door unique

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

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Jan 10, 2020

Harvesting Twigs for Crafts; 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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Dec 31, 2019

Painting Clouds - it's easier than you would think

Painting Clouds isn't as hard as it looks; the painting techniques I use are really simple - try it!

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Dec 30, 2019

Stained Glass Terrarium - a renovation project

Renovating a Stained Glass Terrarium...

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Dec 26, 2019

Hand Painted Garden Signs - witty and whimsical

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

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Dec 24, 2019

9 Winter Projects - cozy up with these crafts

9 Winter Projects - cozy up with these crafts...

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Dec 17, 2019

Eggporeum in Winter - Snowmaggedon drops in

The Eggporeum in a Winter snowstorm - Snowmaggedon has struck...

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Dec 15, 2019

The Eclectic Eggporeum - Bird Themed Vignette

If it's to do with birds, chickens or other farm type stuff, it belongs on the Eclectic Eggporeum; this started out as my chicken house, and has evolved to be much more...

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Dec 14, 2019

Thrift Store Finds; don't hesitate - grab those hidden treasures

Thrift Store Finds are only one of many ways to add to your collection of intriguing junk to make into garden crafts; don't hesitate though, those hidden treasures won't wait...

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Dec 10, 2019

Trimming the Christmas Tree, Literally

Trimming the Tree, Literally - making a primitive Christmas tree...

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Dec 09, 2019

Best Twigs for Crafts - choose the right tree for your crafts

Choose the Best Twigs for Crafts from the many different kinds of tree species in your landscape, garden or in your neighborhood; learn how to recognize them

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Dec 08, 2019

Elephant Jars - use trinkets or trophies to decorate a jar

Use trinkets or trophies to make Elephant Jars...

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Dec 07, 2019

Chalkboard Paint - methods and techniques

Chalkboard Paint - Methods and Techniques for Making Your Own Chalkboard...

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Dec 06, 2019

Birds Nest Under Glass - diy birds nest displayed with a cloche

DIY birds nest displayed with a cloche - Birds Nest Under Glass...

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Dec 06, 2019

Best Glue For Crafts - how to stick it together

What's the Best Glue For Crafts - how to stick it together...

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Dec 05, 2019

Barnboard Painted Footstool - can't have the real thing, so paint it!

Can't have the real thing? Paint it, like this Barnboard Painted Footstool...

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Dec 05, 2019

Faux Mercury Glass Christmas Ornaments - rustic bling

Rustic Bling - Faux Mercury Glass Christmas Ornaments

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Dec 04, 2019

Faux Driftwood Planter made from Hypertufa

Build a Faux Driftwood Planter from Hypertufa that resembles a piece of weathered wood that you would find on the beach...

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Dec 04, 2019

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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Dec 03, 2019

Twiggy Noel - twig monogram letters

Make a Twiggy Noel using twigs to decorate cardboard letters - the ultimate Christmas (or anything else) decor...

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Nov 30, 2019

Angel Wings DIY Tutorial - how to make rustic home decor

This Angel Wings DIY Tutorial shows you how to make a rustic and primitive art piece to display over a mantel...

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Nov 27, 2019

The Gardener is 'In' Sign...

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

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Nov 24, 2019

Punched Tin Lamp Shades; from simplicity to gorgeous in minutes

Punched Tin Lamp Shades add so much charm and character to your porch, an old rustic shed or even in your house; if you're a fan of primitive and country, this is your project...

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Nov 23, 2019

Wire Snowflake Jig - simple Christmas ornament

Make this simple Wire Snowflake Jig - rustic Christmas ornaments...

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Nov 22, 2019

Hypertufa Duds - Booboos, Blunders and Bloopers

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

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Nov 21, 2019

How to Make Twig Handled Hypertufa Baskets - a tutorial

A Tuturial on How to Make Twig Handled Hypertufa Baskets; unique garden crafts to display hardy succulents and tiny sweet alpine plants; get started now...

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Nov 21, 2019

Twig Obelisk - delicate vine support for your garden

Build a Twig Obelisk for vines to grow on flanking steps, or for fairy lights on your porch; upcycling never felt so good...

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Nov 19, 2019

Rustic Christmas Crafts - tutorials for a DIY Christmas

DIY Tutorials for your own Rustic Christmas - Crafts for a Primitive Country season...

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