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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
Jun 21, 2024

Hypertufa Container - rugged & rustic planters - alpines & succulents

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A Hypertufa Container filled with tiny alpines, delightful miniature succulents or even moss and ferns makes a lovely little focal point; a grouping of them is even better!

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Jun 20, 2024

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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Jun 19, 2024

Making Colors from Primary Colored Paint; all the hues of the rainbow

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Making Colors From Primary Colored Paint - the basics of color...

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Jun 18, 2024

Clay Pot Bird Bath - simple, and the birds love it

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Make a Clay Pot Bird Bath - garden art for the birds...

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Jun 17, 2024

Soil Cement Bird Bath - a garden art diy craft tutorial

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Although not quite Hypertufa, this Soil Cement Bird Bath has very similar techniques; build this diy garden craft...

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Jun 16, 2024

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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Jun 15, 2024

Salix Twigs; the incomparable Willow for crafts

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Salix Twigs have been used for centuries for making willow fencing, garden beds, archways and baskets; easy to grow and use, this is the prima donna of all craft twigs

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Jun 14, 2024

Rain Chains; lovely garden accents for a rainwater harvesting system

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Rain Chains make a statement about your garden; show you care about every aspect of your landscape by beautifying your rainwater harvesting system too...

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Jun 13, 2024

A Seaglass Mermaid - with an unusual twist

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A vintage bottle and some beach finds merges into a Seaglass Mermaid...

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Jun 12, 2024

Spindle Angels - rustic porch or mantel decor

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Make some rustic porch Spindle Angels...

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Jun 11, 2024

Rebar for Crafts; using this metal construction rod for rustic crafts

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Learn about using Rebar for Crafts; this useful metal construction rod can have many uses; for rustic garden archways, as a pin for footings for a pergola and so on...

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Jun 10, 2024

Junk Shop Treasures - hidden gems

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Find those hidden gems to decorate your home - Junk Shop Treasures...

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Jun 09, 2024

Twig Craft Tools; include these 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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Jun 08, 2024

Twig Handles; use a wiggly twig or root to make handles for baskets

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Twig Handles on totes, baskets, creels and boxes add so much charm and character; collect them from orchard prunings, landscape and garden plants, or find them wildcrafting in the woods...

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Jun 07, 2024

Rusty Saw Table; two unlikely components make a great vignette

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Two parts make up the Rusty Saw Table; a big old saw blade, and the legs salvaged from a table in a bar; making a great garden vignette can be simple, and cheap...

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Jun 06, 2024

Junk Gardening - who knew that junk would be so much fun?

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Have you been Junk Gardening long? Or just started? You'll be astonished at what kinds of things you can use to decorate your garden whimsically and cheaply...

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Jun 05, 2024

Twig Coat Hooks - mudroom ideas

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Mudroom Ideas - Twig Coat Hooks add to your rustic home decor...

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Jun 04, 2024

Favorite Hypertufa Molds - some inspiration

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Here are some of my Favorite Hypertufa Molds - they're all around us...

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Jun 03, 2024

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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Jun 02, 2024

How to Make a Checkerboard - make mine rustic americana

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Want to learn How to Make a Checkerboard? They're super easy, but this vintage pattern is so effective...

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Jun 01, 2024

How to Cut T-Shirts into Strips - easy and quick method

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Here's a super easy and quick way to Cut T-Shirts into Strips - learn how here...

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May 31, 2024

Old Window Vignette - they don't need to work to be beautiful

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This Old Window Vignette shows off some of my collection of vintage bottles and some driftwood - can you spot the faux driftwood?

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May 30, 2024

The Eclectic Eggporeum - Bird Themed Vignette

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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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May 28, 2024

Heart Shaped Topiary - ivy, terracotta pots, and wire

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Ivy, Terracotta Pots, and Wire - what do these spell? Heart Shaped Topiary of course...

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May 28, 2024

Fruit Wood Twigs; a waste material made into treasure

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Fruit Wood Twigs are one of those things that just keeps on giving; apple, pear and peach trees need pruning every year; take those twigs and make them into crafts

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May 28, 2024

Weathering Wood with Vinegar and Steel Wool

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Weathering Wood with Vinegar and Steel Wool - it's amazing...

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May 27, 2024

Boot Hill Signs - pointing the way to glory

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Boot Hill needed some Rustic Garden Signs to point the way to the best places to see; hand painted on some salvaged lumber to evoke the old west...

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May 26, 2024

Hypertufa Pots - special containers for hardy succulent plants

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Hypertufa Pots add so much to a grouping of those special little hardy succulent plants, moss or other miniature garden plants...

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May 25, 2024

Getting Started with Twigs

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Interested in Twigs? Get started here...

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May 24, 2024

Hypertufa Troughs; a tiny mountain side in miniature

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Hypertufa Troughs are a rustic and rugged way to make a mountainside garden in miniature; alpine plants, succulents and tiny trees all thrive in the microcosm

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May 23, 2024

Hypertufa Leaf; make your own leaves for fountains...

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Create a Hypertufa Leaf (or two) and use them for fountains, to plant special little alpines or succulents in, or just as rustic garden decor

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May 22, 2024

Felt Pet Replica - model of your pet in wool felt

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What a great way to immortalize your pet in a Felt Pet Replica...

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May 21, 2024

9 Favorite Hypertufa Projects; memorable, appealing & unique

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Here are my 9 Favorite Hypertufa Projects; some are tiny and quick to do, others are more detailed and finicky. All have succeeded beyond my wildest dreams...

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May 20, 2024

Rustic Chalk Board - upcycling diy project

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This Rustic Chalk Board combines three of my favorite things; upcycling, diy and rustic paint techniques...

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May 19, 2024

Finds From the Recycle Center - treasures in disguise

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

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May 18, 2024

Terracotta Clay Pots - old fashioned, yet new again

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Terracotta Clay Pots - the uses are endless - perfect for old fashioned plantings llike geraniums, ivy and succulents...

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May 17, 2024

Twig Palisade Fence - sturdy upright twigs for a vertical accent

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Create a Twig Palisade Fence for a vertical accent in your garden; these are a great way to add depth and height to a smaller garden, and the result is the feeling of being in a forest

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May 16, 2024

Cold Porcelain Acrylic Painting - colors you love in this craft

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Cold Porcelain Acrylic Painting - tips for coloring your craft...

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May 15, 2024

Craft Storage Cabinet - do it yourself resource center

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DIY your own Craft Storage Cabinet using upcycled kitchen cabinets...

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May 14, 2024

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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May 13, 2024

Root Baskets; roots are a great natural material too

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Making Root Baskets using the same techniques as for twig baskets gives a whole new meaning to rustic crafts; textural and twisted, roots are a great natural material

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May 12, 2024

Rurality Newsletter - what is new (and rustic)

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Sign up for the Rurality Newsletter and get the latest dirt on rustic crafts and garden art...

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May 12, 2024

My Favorite Thrift Store Finds - treasures in the rough

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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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May 11, 2024

Hypertufa Strata Planter; no need for real rocks, just make your own

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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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May 10, 2024

Salvaged Galvanized Bucket - yet another life

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Recycling and salvaging old junk is such a fun way to create planters - giving this Sallvaged Galvanized Bucket yet another life...

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May 09, 2024

Twig Trivet - put your hot pans on this

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Make a Twig Trivet for your own hot pans, or for a gift; something made from your very own garden...

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May 08, 2024

How to Make Cloud Shape Signs - garden signs

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Tutorial on How to Make Cloud Shape Signs - give your garden something different...

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May 07, 2024

Rustic Elephants - every garden needs a pachyderm or two

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Every garden should have a pachyderm or two, and these Rustic Elephants sure fit the bill...

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May 06, 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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