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.
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.
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.
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.
Personally, I don’t think I will find any of today’s farm item on our farm. I don’t recall ever hearing about Chickens roaming the Moore Farm, and I imagine they never will. (At least not while I have a say). Regardless for those of you that had chickens on our farm today’s DIY revolves around chicken feeders. If you are like me, I never would have thought you could make something creative out of a chicken feeder. I imagine there are a lot more ideas out there that could be cute as well but I like to two I found. One used it as a shelf/hold all in what appears to be a shed or garden area. You can hang and clip stuff for the wire on the top and then use the feed holding area to set stuff in like a shelf. Pretty cool. The other turned their chicken feeder into a planter for their flowers. Have you every used chicken feeders in a creative way before?
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.
I haven’t done a pallet project for almost a week now so cut me some slack everyone. Today, however, I am increasing what I see as the level of difficulty of pallet projects. I see me needing to find someone for assistance when it comes to today’s projects. Today the theme is pallets for headboards. I originally got this idea when we were trying to figure out a bed for our guest bedroom. At one point I didn’t know if we would have a headboard and wasn’t sure I wanted to spend a lot of money to go get one. And then I saw this picture (see right) and fell in LOVE, literally! It was at that moment I began searching other ideas for pallet headboards. Although, things worked out with our guest bed, I still have this idea in my back pocket for when we move into our next home. Below are some other ideas I have discovered using pallets for headboards.
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!
For some readers you may think that today’s DIY projects are a bit of a stretch, but around my house PVC pipe is always around. Be a farmer and raising livestock also requires you to acquire skills as a plumber, electrician, veterinarian, mechanic, and much more. A jack of all trades you could say. When things break you either have to find a way to fix them on your own or call in professional help.
Okay enough with that back to the crafts. I first found the ideas of using PVC pipes to organize your hair styling gadgets from my sister in laws. They saw the idea on Pinterest and made the large pipes. I have yet to make one but it truly does work. Add a little paint, a ribbon, some rhinestones whatever you like. I also really like the PVC pipe inside of the cabinet as that is an empty space and a great place to store those things.
I later discovered the PVC pipe frame which I think would be adorable once painted a color! Last but not least what an affordable and nifty idea for a sprinkler system for your garden or flower beds. I definitely will be looking into this one next spring.
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?