Day 20 – Feeling Like the Tin Man

My mother’s favorite movie is “The Wizard of Oz” and although it is not my favorite, I can recall most of the movie from memory due to watching it some many time and my mother reciting it to me. If you recall the movie when the Tin Man was discovered he had to be oiled before he could move. Today’s DIY revolves around oil cans. Have you ever considered decorating an oil can and putting it in your house? Today’s projects consist of locating an old oil can, cleaning it, painting it, and adding a few modifications to turn it into a cute little picture holder. See the three examples below and check out my Pinterest board for links.

30 Days of Agriculture

30 Days of Farm Related DIY

Day 19 – Feeling Lucky?

I realize I am a day behind so today is your lucky day. Not only are you going to be lucky enough to have two DIY post, but we are also talking about lucky horseshoes today. Although, horses are no longer used on our farm, at one time they were. Due to that we have horse shoes roaming around many of our barns. Horseshoes can be great for DIY and I found alot of awesome things you can do with them. So check out this photos below and my pinterest board to get the ideas flowing. I have also added a link on my Pinterest on how to clean horse shoes and ready them for arts and crafts.

 

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Day 18 – It’s Not Just For Leaves

We are in Louisville this week so this blog post is going to be short and sweet. I always thought rakes were only for leaves, but be sure to look through these creative ways to use a rake in your home decor and organization. Be sure to check out others blogging with me for 30 Days of Agriculture and join me for Day 19- Feeling Lucky?.

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Day 17 – She Thinks My Tractors Sexy

Tractors, Tractors, and more tractors….one of the first things that comes to mind when most people hear the word farm is a tractor. In my generation, the tractor has become to large to register with my brain as something you would do a DIY project with inside of your home. But in order to accomplish today’s DIY projects you must travel a little bit farther back to a time when tractors didn’t have cabs, most likely didn’t have a radio unless you mounted one on it at a later date, and they didn’t have nearly the horsepower of today’s tractors. Those tractors, now known as antiques, make the perfect subjects for todays projects. Start collecting tractor seats, grills, and wheel wells.

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Day 16 – Using Your Tools

As discussed on Day 13‘s post with toolboxes being so prevalent on our farm you can imagine tools are as well. Majority of the time tools around our farm are covered in grease and dirt as they are needed on the go and are not properly put away or cleaned until needed next time. This being said I don’t really see tools for the more than what they are, objects that assist in doing other things. Have you ever thought about decorating or creating things with tools? If you check out my 30 Days of Farm Related DIY Pinterest Board you can link back to the site where alot of these ideas came from!

I never would have considered making tools into a frame, a paper towel holder, or even a wall art piece. My next issue is how do I get my family to let go of their tools. So far I haven’t seen them just throw them away unless they are absolutely broken. In which case they are probably to broken for me to craft with.

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Day 11- Bucket of Nails

As I have said before we like to keep things around the farm. This being said it shouldn’t surprise you that we have a bucket of nails always handy. New nails, rusty nails, bent nails, used nails, lots and lots of nails. You are probably thinking okay what makes nails so special today? We already use nails to hang things up in our house and hold stuff together. I agree, that nails don’t seem that unique, but when I saw these projects with nails I knew that I had to share them! When I first saw the flower made out of nails I was immediately awe struck. What a cool piece to have in your house or flower garden. Then I discovered the adorable vase/holder for live flowers. Maybe those rusty nails will come in handy after all!

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Flower holder/vase made out of nails.

Flower holder/vase made out of nails.

Flower made from nails

Flower made from nails

Day 9 – Through the Barn Window

I had been searching all over for windows last fall and winter because I had this idea in my head to use them for my wedding. Everytime I came across something I liked it was way over my budget. I had just about given up, when I was looking at calves one day with Big Ron at one of our farms. As I walked in the barn I found the perfect windows!!! I found two of them that had all the glass broken out of them and told Big Ron they weren’t doing him any good and I need them. I cleaned them up and used them to hold the Seating Arrangements at our reception. After the wedding, I was trying to find the perfect place for them in my house and decided to use them as picture frames in our hallway. Below is a photo of my barn windows and one of someone else’s. Do you have any barn windows that you could do this with?

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These are my two barn frames full of wedding memories!

These are my two barn frames full of wedding memories!

Make it a frame with one big picture.

Make it a frame with one big picture.

Day 8 – Springs and Things

As mentioned before sometimes we accumulate some piles of what I deem “junk” on the farm. Usually comprising of rusted metal objects that have worn and were changed out. From hay tines, to springs and everything in between. I have always tried to find away to repurpose these “rusted treasures” but try as I might never really came up with much. That is until I found these cute ideas. I never would have thought about cleaning and repurposing rusty, greasing things to make them napkin ring holders and candle holders! I think I may have to go “junk” pile diving tomorrow! What are your thoughts?

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Napkin holders out of springs and much more. Click on the picture to get to the etsy site with even more ideas!

Napkin holders out of springs and much more. Click on the picture to get to the etsy site with even more ideas!

ADORABLE!

ADORABLE!

Day 7 – The Garden Hose

In the 23 years of my life, my family has went through alot of garden hoses. Between me running over them while mowing the yard (yes, I admitted it), to washing cattle, to watering gardens and even providing water to our livestock, hoses are abundant on our farm. However, when they break beyond repair (oh, yes we have to repair them a few times before they are deemed unusable) they are discarded into the trash and no longer seem to hold a purpose on our farm. That is until today!!! Have you ever considered decorating with a garden hose? I know for a fact I hadn’t, until I saw these unique ideas for using a garden hose. I think these two ideas are something I may have to try myself! Could be great summer house warming gifts as well. Let me know what you think.

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I love this idea for making a garden hose into a floor mat.

I love this idea for making a garden hose into a floor mat.

This is adorable for spring time on the front door!

This is adorable for spring time on the front door!