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?
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.
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.
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?
I know I said I would try not to do pallets too often, but today you are getting pallets. Today pallet projects are unique though at least I hope they are. Many times I see something someone has made with pallets and the following thoughts cross my head: that is awesome, I don’t have time to do that, I don’t have the tools to do that, my husband won’t help me, I will probably cut my fingers/hand off while attempting this project. After reality sinks in I start looking for something else to dream about. However, the pallet projects I am sharing with you today APPEAR to require little if any disassembly of the original pallet and easy enough for anyone to take one. Disclaimer* I said appear, I have not tried any of these to date.
So below you will find the four pallet projects I think would be so easy that even my non-artsy, non-crafting husband could do it: Enjoy!
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I realize that the majority of farm related households may not have boxes and boxes of ribbons and banners lying around but if your family has been showing cattle for over 60 years , like mine, it becomes a real problem. As a child I saved every ribbon we ever received from the local level all the way up to the national level. As I got older I was more willing to part with ribbons and only save what I deemed the “important ones”. Nevertheless, my family and I have quit the collection. At one point I wanted to make a quilt/bedspread out of these beautiful ribbons, but have since realized I possess little sewing skills and “ain’t nobody got time for that”, so I have been looking for other creative ways to hold on to these precious memories. So below is a a mod podge of ideas I have found, including one that my crafty little sissy made. **Disclaimer: Some of these require sewing talents way above my knowledge.
So I realize it’s only day 2 and I am already doing a pallet, but I actually made this project and so I want to share it with all of you. I found this small “pallet” at the our farm just leaning against a pole in the machine shop and my eyes lit up!! I asked Big Ron if I could have it and he said I could so my brain began to fill up with ideas. I think that some piece of equipment that was ordered was delivered on it as I haven’t yet located another one.
I started by power washing it and cleaning it off. Once that was done I used dannish oil and a cloth is stain it and make it have a darker finish. I went all over looking for pumpkin stencils and finding none I resorted to making my own, so although they are not perfect they don’t look to shabby. I also bought stencil letters. I spray used spray paint for everything on the pallet. I sealed it with an outdoor sealer and stapled the fall garland to the pallet. TA-DA a pretty cool piece of fall decor for my front door. Now I am searching for one to use for Christmas!
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To kick off the 30 Days of Farm -Related DIY, we start with what may be one of the biggest things located on your families farm. The Grain-Bin, also known as a silo, is the location on the farm where grain (usually corn or soybeans) is stored until sold. Sometimes, the grain is also put in the bins to be dryed if it is too wet at harvest.
So, what can you do with a grain bin you ask..Well prepared to be amazed.
The first , and more reasonable, DIY upscale project is grain bin chairs. How cool would this look on a front porch or hanging
from a tree in place of a hammock! Watch the sunset or sunrise from the inside of the grain bin. There were no instructions included with this picture so sorry about that! Best of luck!
If that didn’t blow your mind, then the next idea surely will. Have you ever considered living in a grain bin???
You might not have before but after looking at the cute grain bin houses below you may change your mind! I can only imagine what the inside of these houses might possibly look like. I can see staircases leading to rooms and a window in the very top that allows you to see the countryside for miles.
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