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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
Jan 28, 2023

Twig Fan Trellis; classic plant support with a rustic twist

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Create a Twig Fan Trellis; a classic design, reinvented with a rustic twist for a unique and unusual garden focal point; create lots of these using the easy instructions...

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Jan 26, 2023

Driftwood Planters; twisted & tortured roots, weathered stumps

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Driftwood Planters can take a twisted and tortured root or a weather beaten stump and make it into a fabulous display for succulents or other garden plants...

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Jan 25, 2023

Building Rustic Furniture E-Book - make your own twig and branch art

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Building Rustic Furniture E-Book; DIY and Craft Tutorial Manual...

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Jan 23, 2023

Upcycled Potting Bench - finding a use for all those treasures

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Find a use for all those treasures - make an Upcycled Potting Bench...

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Jan 21, 2023

Old Window Craft Ideas

Jewelry Storage, taken to the next level

Rustic Window Crafts - new life for vintage windows

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Jan 21, 2023

Rustic Fish Scale Shingles - classic cedar shingle pattern, reimagined

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Rustic Fish Scale Shingles are a classic cedar shingle pattern, reimagined...

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Jan 20, 2023

Burl Bowls - reveal the beauty within

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Reveal the beauty within the burl with a Burl Bowl; nature seldom makes a mistake, and there is always a silver lining...

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Jan 16, 2023

Camouflage Painted Bird Houses - subtle and well hidden

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Two Camouflage Painted Bird Houses for a subtle and well hidden dwelling for a couple of birds...

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Jan 14, 2023

Wash Stand Drawer Pulls - twig hardware

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Twig hardware - Wash Stand Drawer Pulls

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Jan 12, 2023

Faux Birds Nests - save the real thing for the birds

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

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Jan 11, 2023

Mandala Coloring Pages - unique hand drawn designs for crafts

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

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Jan 10, 2023

Antique Glass Bottles - vintage collectible glass

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Antique Glass Bottles; vintage and collectible add sparkle to shady dark corners in your garden, brightening and reflecting the sunshine...

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Jan 08, 2023

Rustic Salvaged Trellis; trash, transformed into a garden accent

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Transform a cast off piece of junk into a Rustic Salvaged Trellis to shelter a tender plant or to hide a view...

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Jan 06, 2023

Hypertufa Toadstools - perfect accent for a fairy garden

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

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Jan 01, 2023

Wildcrafting Calendar; the best times to glean, collect & harvest

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Use this Wildcrafting Calendar as your guide to the best times to look for plants to collect, cones and seedpods to glean and nuts and berries to harvest

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Dec 27, 2022

Salvaged Art; interesting junque, reimagined into artistic pieces

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Salvaged Art is a way to pay homage to worn out rusty junque, odd pieces of trash which are rescued from the landfill and make them into gorgeous funky art pieces for your garden...

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Dec 26, 2022

Rustic Bench - how to build your perfect twig and barnboard seat

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A Rustic Bench in just the right spot will be a regular stopping point in your garden; enjoy the songs of birds, buzzing bees and flitting butterflies from your twig and barnboard seat...

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Dec 25, 2022

Encrusted Cannonballs Gazing Ball - my take on a rustic artefact

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

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Dec 24, 2022

Pine Cone Crafts - using conifer cones and seed pods for rustic crafts

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Pine Cone Crafts take seed pods and cones to a whole new level; make some interesting and unique rustic crafts from a natural material...

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Dec 23, 2022

Hypertufa Molds; use these to make unique hypertufa creations

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Hypertufa Molds can be as simple as a piece of drycleaners poly film, or as complex as a salvaged basket; each type of mold needs a different technique

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Dec 22, 2022

Angel Wings DIY Tutorial - how to make rustic Christmas decor

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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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Dec 21, 2022

Barnboard Crafts - weathered silvered and distressed barn boards

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Barnboard Crafts; weathered, distressed barn boards salvaged for garden crafts; the more beaten up the better, and a silvery patina just makes them that much more special...

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Dec 20, 2022

Black Painted Door - special order door, with a twist

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This Black Painted Door is a special order, custom painted for a friend; the purpose is to cover an access panel...

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Dec 17, 2022

Donate to some of my favorite charities

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Donate to some of my favorite charities, and help save the world...

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Dec 14, 2022

Oil Can Planter - upcycling and reusing

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Here's a funky bit of garden art diy, making an Oil Can Planter from a recycled tin can...

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Dec 11, 2022

Twig Buttons - a diy tutorial

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Twig Buttons - the perfect accessory for hand knitted sweaters and coats, or add to your cushions for country style decor...

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Dec 05, 2022

Hypertufa How-To Manual - get started now

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Got a yearning to start Hypertufa Gardening, but don't know where to start? Get the Hypertufa How-To Manual here...

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Dec 03, 2022

Tin Can Planters; recycling, out of the box

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Think outside the box and make Tin Can Planters for your herbs, succulents and other garden plants; the rustic patina shows off the plants to perfection...

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Nov 30, 2022

Easy Rustic Projects - crafts for the less crafty

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Easy Rustic Projects for the less crafty; you will not need special tools, intense training or expensive materials for these rustic garden crafts

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Nov 30, 2022

Rustic Country Garden Decor - add character - salvaged garden crafts

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Add charm and character to your Rustic Country Garden Decor with garden crafts and rustic salvage...

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Nov 23, 2022

Green and Rustic - vintage hunter green & palest mint framed window

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A Green and Rustic Country vignette - hunter green with as much natural materials as possible make a rainy afternoon bearable...

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Nov 22, 2022

Make a Draft Stopping Doormouse from an old sweater

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Take one old sweater, cut it up into pieces and make a Draft Stopping Doormouse; diy tutorial...

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Nov 21, 2022

Wire Techniques for Crafts; the basics for wiring crafts

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Wire Techniques for Crafts; the basics for attaching pieces together, the best kinds of wire to use and how to actually do it...

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Nov 20, 2022

Branch Slice Ornaments - Rustic Christmas Decor

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Get your rustic on with these Branch Slice Ornaments...

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Nov 19, 2022

Barbed Wire Wreath - watch for the barbs when making a rustic craft

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Make a Barbed Wire Wreath out of rusty wire for a unique rustic craft; the perfect accent for your primitive country porch...

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Nov 13, 2022

Grapevines for Crafts; one of the most useful natural materials

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Grapevines have been used for rustic crafts for centuries; when you have a vinyard where the grapes need to be pruned every year, you get a lot of natural supplies to make into baskets

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Nov 11, 2022

Twig Craft Tools; the most important things to include in your toolkit

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The most important Twig Craft Tools for your toolkit; learn what makes a good tool to include for the best success in building rustic crafts

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Nov 10, 2022

Twig Crafts - primitive, natural art made with branches and twigs

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Making Twig Crafts uses some of natures most unique and unusual materials for making primitive and country style furnishings and garden focal points...

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Oct 19, 2022

Junk Wind Chimes - diy garden art

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Junk Wind Chimes - what would you make them out of?

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Oct 18, 2022

Twig and Branch Reindeer - rustic Christmas garden art

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Decorate your garden for Christmas with some rustic Twig and Branch Reindeer...

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Oct 10, 2022

Weathered Antler Chandelier

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A Weathered Antler Chandelier - take some cast off antlers, bring on the light...

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Oct 08, 2022

Mason Bee House; attract these pollinators to your garden

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Building a Mason Bee House is fun and easy, and gives these busy little pollinators a safe place to raise their families while they pollinate your fruit trees and other garden plants...

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Aug 23, 2022

Painting Clouds - it's easier than you would think

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

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Aug 02, 2022

Junk Journal

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If you've never heard of a junk journal, it's a journal that you make out of the binding of an old book, then fill it with pages (often pulled from magazines

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Jul 30, 2022

Rustic Crafts - recycling, salvaging & making unique garden art

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Find your favorite Rustic Craft; salvaged, recycled and unique trash to treasure garden art; using twigs, driftwood and other natural materials for benches, twig furniture

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Jul 29, 2022

Garden Art Sign - rustic and recycled

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Selling recycled rustic garden decor demands a special Garden Art Sign by way of illustration...

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Jul 21, 2022

Twig and Bead Hardware for upcycled furniture

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The final touch of any upcycling project are the drawer pulls or other hardware; make your own Twig and Bead Hardware for the crowning glory

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Jul 20, 2022

Rustic Bird Cages - weathered and junky

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Weathered and junky Rustic Bird Cages - with a twist...

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Jul 14, 2022

learning concrete crafting

Hot Rod Car

I'm happily married to a great man who can do just about anything, literally! From building hotrods, to designing (I helped) & building our forever home,

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