Day 27 – Better Late Than Never

Sorry to all of my faithful followers that I am a few days behind in my blogging. Due to some unreliable internet during our Thanksgiving trophyshadowholiday travels I have gotten a bit behind. But, as the saying goes it is better late than never so here it goes.  Today for post number one we are taking about trophies and using them in DIY. Back when I first started showing we received trophies all of the time, especially in 4-H and as much as I love those trophies and the accomplishments they represent I no longer have space to display them. So the first idea I came up with was to pull the engraved plates off of my trophies and put them into a shadow box. A late night trip to the emergency room later  and a few days later I came up with this cute little piece for our home. (Disclaimer: Maybe wear thick gloves when you take the engraved plates off the trophies or find a better way than using a butter knife 🙂 )

After I made my shadow box I saved some of the tops of my trophies to make a coat rack like you will see below. Since I have shown and won awards for 5 different types of livestock (cow,pig, sheep, goat, and horse) I saved one of each type and plan to put it in a farm themed nursey or room later down the road. I then donated all the rest of my plateless trophies back to my local extension office to be re-used for awards in the future. Since then I have found some more great ideas to do with trophies besides collecting dust on my shelves and on top of the entertainment center.

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Day 26 – Feed Sack

Feed sacks have gone through many different phases. Starting out as cloth based that was turned into clothing and curtains and things for your home, to becoming a more woven material, to now more likely being made of a paper based or plastic like product. Some had vibrant colors and patterns carefully put into them, now covered with logos, instructions and ingredients. I know at our farms feedsacks have been piling up for years, so if you happen to be crafty with current days feedsacks or stumble across some of the original cloth based ones, check out the Farm Related DIY projects below. Only four days left of 30 Days of Agriculture. Stay tuned for tomorrow to see MY FAVORITE DIY item and projects yet!!! Be sure to check out my pinterest board to find instructions or more information on all DIY projects and photos used on these posts.

 

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 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 14- It’s All About the Blue Jeans

Farmers and blue jeans have a special connection, especially Wranglers. We go through blue jeans at times like it is our job, but just because our jeans get holes in undesirable places doesn’t mean they are worthless. Blue jeans make great materials for a variety of projects. Below you can see some of the favorites I found. To find the links to them visit my 30 Days of Farm Related DIY Pinterest Board.

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Day 13 – What does your toolbox hold?

Nothing says working man to me than a guy with a toolbox. At our house the toolbox is an important piece in many operations. First off, a toolbox is mounted upon almost every tractor on the farm in some way. Whether it holds pins to hook up wagons, has vital wrenches for minor breakdowns or a grease can the toolbox holds the things one might otherwise forget or be in a bind without. Secondly, there is a tool box in our stock show truck. When we are on the road showing cattle all over the United States you never can guess what crazy adventure might come up the requires some tools. No matter is we are ten or 600 miles away from home the tool box accompanies us in the truck. The last place the tool box is vital is in our show box or in the show barn. Instead of a clipper box Big Ron houses his clippers and clipper accessories in two red toolboxes. Although, the toolboxes have changed over the years they are consistently red. If we forget the red clipper boxes someone is in a lot of trouble. So when I think of a toolbox I think of these things. However, when I saw this awesome DIY idea that incorporated a toolbox, I thought it would be a great way to restore Big Ron’s beat up clipper toolbox into something lovely and unique. I think this is on my list of crafts for next spring. Check it out a toolbox that doubles as a flower pot! Nifty, eh!

toolbox

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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 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!