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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 13, 2024

Rustic Painted Doors - make your door unique

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

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Apr 12, 2024

Hypertufa Birdbath; attracting birds to your garden

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Create a Hypertufa Birdbath, and attract birds to your garden; a rustic water feature is always good, and one made out of hypertufa is the crowning glory

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Apr 11, 2024

Faux Verdigris - make your own patina

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Another interesting way to age your crafts, with fake patina - Faux Verdigris

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Apr 10, 2024

Hypertufa Hand Grasping a Sempervivum Bouquet

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The Hypertufa Hand Grasping a Sempervivum bouquet reminds me of a little kid, with a handful of dandelions - Here, Mommy, these are for you!

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Apr 09, 2024

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

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Use some rustic paint techniques to give this plywood step stool some flair...

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Apr 08, 2024

Hypertufa Textures - use whatever you have to make rustic patterns

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Making Textures in your Hypertufa crafts is simple - use whatever is to hand to give rustic patterns to your creations...

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Apr 07, 2024

Garden Art Projects - design and DIY your ideal garden, with junk

Fantastical garden art, with many projects on the go

Unleash your artistic flair with these Garden Art Projects. Discover how to use found items to create unique pieces of outdoor d├ęcor that reflect your personality...

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Apr 06, 2024

Rustic Country Wedding - that special day, simplicity

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Your day will be sweet and simple; bark and twig decor, rustic country garden and shabby chic accents...make your Rustic Country Wedding memorable...

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Apr 06, 2024

9 Spring Projects - I've been busy

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Looking back, I've been busy with these 9 Spring Projects that I've been working on...

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Apr 05, 2024

Weathered Red Barn Paint - make your rustic crafts vintage

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Use this rustic paint technique for Weathered Red Barn Paint to give your crafts a vintage look...

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Apr 04, 2024

Chalkboard Paint - methods and techniques

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Methods and techniques for making your own chalkboard using rustic materials and chalkboard paint...

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Apr 03, 2024

Hypertufa Millstone - my largest garden feature yet

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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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Apr 02, 2024

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

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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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Apr 01, 2024

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

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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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Apr 01, 2024

Punched Tin Lamp Shades; from simplicity to gorgeous in minutes

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Add some charm and character to your porch, an old rustic shed or even in your house with a Punched Tin Lamp Shade

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Mar 31, 2024

Setting Up Your Hypertufa Studio - the right place to work

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It's not rocket science but there are few things to take into consideration when Setting Up Your Hypertufa Studio...

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Mar 30, 2024

Substitutes for Making Hypertufa - what else can I use?

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What can I use as an alternative for one of the ingredients in hypertufa, or are there any substitutes?

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Mar 29, 2024

Hillbilly Clipart; rustic pictures, shacks & primitive art

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Bringing the country life to your art work, blog or just for fun with Hillbilly Clipart...

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Mar 28, 2024

Huge Hypertufa - oversized and spectacular

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What takes a lot of mix and a really big mold? Huge Hypertufa...

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Mar 27, 2024

Rustic Twig Gate - my dream gate come true

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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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Mar 26, 2024

Collectible Glass, in all it's form and beauty

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You too, could collect some glass from old rubbish tips, on the beach or old homesteads...

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Mar 25, 2024

Rustic Paint Techniques - for aged and weatherbeaten charm

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

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Mar 24, 2024

How to Make Metal Look Old - patina, tarnish and rust

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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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Mar 24, 2024

How Much Does Hypertufa Shrink?

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Tips and techniques when making Hypertufa and figuring it all out - ask yourself, how much does hypertufa shrink?...

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Mar 22, 2024

Garage Sale Gleanings - buy or sell your own treasures

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Treasures from yard sales - Garage Sale Gleanings...

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Mar 21, 2024

Elmers Glue Paint Crackling; how to paint rustic look

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

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Mar 20, 2024

Wood Burning Patterns - mandala designs

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

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Mar 19, 2024

Hand Painted Garden Signs - witty and whimsical

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How to make Hand Painted Garden Signs with witty and whimsical sayings and quotes...

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Mar 18, 2024

Twig Craft Techniques; rustic twig crafts with some simple skills

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How to use some Twig Craft Techniques and simple skills; rustic crafts are easy and fun to do with a few basic methods; rocket science not needed...

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Mar 18, 2024

Garden Totems - using your thrift store finds to make garden art

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How to make gorgeous Garden Totems out of recycled thrift store finds; use those lovely glass and ceramic pieces that appeal to you; don't feel guilty about giving them yet another life in your garden...

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Mar 17, 2024

Weathering and Distressing Techniques - make wood look vintage

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Make wood look old by using these Weathering and Distressing Techniques...

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Mar 17, 2024

Fruit Wood Tool Handles; the apple doesn't fall far from the tree

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Fruit Wood Tool Handles; a gift from my forebears, and a link to my past; rustic crafts, wood carving and carpentry are melded together into a unique and interesting creative life

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Mar 16, 2024

Rustic Painted Door - see how to make an outstanding entry way

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Find out here how I designed and built this Rustic Painted Door with a salvaged door, and a double paned window and made it a unique entry way for my cabin in the woods...

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Mar 15, 2024

Coppice - specialized pruning technique for willows & shrubs

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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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Mar 14, 2024

Hypertufa Thumb Pots - unique little wedding favors

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How to DIY totally unique wedding favors; Hypertufa Thumb Pots planted with a tiny Sempervivum or two? Perfection!

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Mar 13, 2024

Twig Obelisk - delicate vine support for your garden

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How to 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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Mar 12, 2024

Crackle Paint Technique - weathering, distressing & antiquing crafts

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How to make your crafts look weathered and old with the Crackle Paint Technique; distressed, antiqued and shabby chic

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Mar 11, 2024

Twigs for Crafts; which is the best for rustic diy?

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How to choose the right Twigs for Crafts; shrubs that are commonly grown in gardens, native trees, street trees and orchard fruit trees all benefit from pruning; utilize them!

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Mar 10, 2024

3 More Hypertufa Millstones - sometimes I don't know when to stop

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I had so much fun making the original three hypertufa millstones that I had to make more...

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Mar 09, 2024

Short Garden Sayings - sometimes, shorter is better

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Sometimes, shorter is better - here are some Short Garden Sayings...

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Mar 08, 2024

Mason Jar Storage - for small bits and pieces

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Craft Storage Ideas - Mason Jar Storage...

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Mar 07, 2024

Wildcrafting Safety; use common sense when you're in the woods

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Wildcrafting Safety is mostly common sense; what to take when you go into the woods for a wildcrafting expedition and how to stay safe...

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Mar 06, 2024

Patio Blocks - make your own soil cement diy pavers

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How to make your own Patio Blocks out of soil cement using this innovative method; create a unique garden focal point to add character to your landscape

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Mar 05, 2024

The Gardener is 'In' Sign...

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

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Mar 04, 2024

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

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

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Mar 03, 2024

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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Mar 02, 2024

How to Twist Wire - a DIY Tutorial

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How to Twist Wire - make your own custom wire thickness for rustic crafting

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Mar 01, 2024

Annealing Copper Wire - how to make copper wire flexible

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How to Anneal Copper Wire and make it pliable again; without it, copper wire doesn't bend to your willl

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Feb 29, 2024

Elephant Jars - use trinkets or trophies to decorate a jar

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Use trinkets or trophies to make Elephant Jars...

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