10 Artistic Farm Equipment Repurposing Ideas For Home And Garden Decor

15 Ways to Repurpose Old Garden Tools

10 Artistic Farm Equipment Repurposing Ideas For Home And Garden Decor

Do you have an old shed sitting in your back yard that’s chalk full of old gardening tools? Are you looking for a way to clear them that space so you can make better use of it? Throwing tools away seems a waste, even if they’re old and rusted or not useful to you, so consider upcycling them instead!

Check out these 15 DIY garden project ideas that help you transform damaged or useless old tools into chic, rustic garden decor!

1. Rake and spade birdhouses

Birdhouses don’t always have to sit in trees you’re probably used to seeing! Especially if you don’t have many trees in your yard or on your property, old pitchforks, rakes, and spades with the handles still on them make a great substitute! WYO Lifestyle shows you how to attach a homemade birdhouse to the end and display them.

2. Rake, Spade, and horseshow owl yard art

Are you willing to get a little more hands on and work with metal pieces? This decorative garden owl made from rake heads, spade heads, and old horseshoes is a great way to reuse things that have had their handles broken. Kimbirdz shows you how it’s done.

3. Garden table made from a spade

Are you looking for a way to mash up rustic chic with just a hint of modernity? This super bright table stuck in the ground on a stand made of a spade is an awesome way to do that! We love the contrast in aesthetics it creates. Check out the steps for making it on Urban Gardens Web.

4. Garden tools wall clock

Do you find that you often lose track of time while you’re out gardening, landscaping, or working in the tool shed, but you don’t want to take your fancy watch or expensive cell phone out with you? Cool DIY Ideas has the perfect tutorial to help you make your own rustic outdoor clock that’s perfect for keeping track of time in the yard. The best part? It’s also made of upcycled garden tools!

5. Garden hose and bundt pan flowers

Did you used to watch Art Attack as a kid and admire the giant concept art pieces they made from unconventional materials on the show? Are you down for a challenge and feeling getting very creative? Create your own floral “art attack” from old hoses and bundt cake pans up the side of your shed! Follow the steps on Quirk Madame.

6. Spade head plant stand

Do you have some spade heads lying around that don’t get used because the handles broke or they’ve become too rusted? Try turning them into a potted plant display instead! Lush Home walks you through the process of anchoring the spade heads to a wooden pillar so you can create your display.

7. Pick and spade door handles

Are you a business owner who would your storefront to have a particular country- aesthetic? Does your home just have very large double doors that you’d to stylize to match the rest of your property or farm? Check out how these repurposed pitchfork and spade double door handles are made on Houzz.

8. Rusty spade head flower decor

Do you have access to a surplus of rusty spade heads that are too far gone to really bear any weight or be of functional use? You can still repurpose them in a decorative way! We adore this tall flower structure with petals made from spade heads! The more rusted they are, the cooler it’ll look! See how it’s done on Home Talk.

9. Rake head utensil holder

The teeth of an old rake make a surprisingly useful hanger for any number of things! If you can clean it off so it doesn’t shed rust or dirt on your counter tops, we love the idea of using a rake head with the handle removed as a utensil holder in your kitchen. Loop the holes in the handles of each ladle or flipper around a rake tooth. Check out how Homedit did it!

10. Woven basket from old hoses

Did you the idea of recycling old hoses into yard decor but you’re not sure a complete wall mural is quite your style? Try weaving this little garden basket the hose instead! You might place a potted plant or your current gardening tools in there when it’s finished. Get the steps for making one on Wikihow.

11. Modern painted spade lamp

All of these rustic garden options are beautiful, but what if you’re looking for something a little more modern and practical in upcycling your garden tools? Re_ has the perfect tutorial for you! Painting an old spade a clean, stark white makes it look ultra modern when you pair it with a clean white light.

12. Garden hose and flower door wreath

Themed door wreaths are one of the easiest ways to keep up with seasonal decor without having to roll over the whole look of your home and dig through your storage too deeply. One of the easiest ways to make a springtime garden wreath is to wrap and embellish an old hose! Create, Craft, Love has the steps for you to follow to make this floral hose wreath.

13. Spade head address sign

Do you find that your guests have trouble finding your home when they visit because your house number isn’t very visible from the road? Fix that problem by creating a number sign from a repurposed spade head! Anchor the end that would usually attach to the handle into the dirt in your yard or garden so people can find you more easily. Check out how it’s done on Home Talk.

14. Spade and pitch fork chair

Do you the sounds of taking on a more high maintenance metal working project but the previous little decorative owl project that we listed isn’t quite as practical as you’re looking for? Try transforming your old spades, pitchforks, and takes, as well as their handles, into an outdoor seating set instead! See the full tutorial on Montana Wildlife Gardener.

15. “Flower” wall decor made of saws

For some very handy people, the term “yard tools” actually means something more along the lines of tools. For example, some people might have hand saws that they need to repurpose. We love this idea by Flea Market Gardening for creating a decorative wall flower a series of circling hand saws.

Do you know someone whose shed could use a bit of clearing out? Share this post with them to encourage them to reuse some of the things they’ll find inside!

Source: https://www.diys.com/15-ways-repurpose-old-tools/

Decorating Ideas for Vintage Finds

10 Artistic Farm Equipment Repurposing Ideas For Home And Garden Decor

Quirky flea-market finds become interesting decorating opportunities when you put your imagination to work. Repurpose antiques, collectibles and architectural salvage for one-of-a-kind decor.

What a little spray paint can do! Choose a single standout hue to turn a jumbled collection of garage sale finds into a unified display for a wall, mantel or shelf.Start with a group of related (but not necessarily matching) items.

You could use a pile of old brass candlesticks, a menagerie of kitschy animal figures or a stack of tarnished trays. Our pick: a variety of dinged-up kitchen gear from antiques and thrift stores. Remove dirt and dust with a damp cloth. Spray on primer, then apply the final color with a light back and forth motion for even coverage.

You may need a couple coats for rich, uniform color. (We used Krylon indoor/outdoor Cherry Red paint in gloss, krylon.com).



In this Minnesota living room, bargain chipped-paint furniture brings low-maintenance style, while one-of-a-kind finds take on new, fun uses: An enamel casserole dish becomes a flower pot; a 1950s salon hair dryer gets new life as a floor lamp; patchwork feed sacks cover a pillow on the sofa. Upholstering vintage iron patio chairs with red-and-white feed sacks makes them indoor-ready.

Hang shutters horizontally to display photos, postcards or letters. Use double-stick tape to hold items in place if needed.


Create an unusual bedside table from a stack of vintage suitcases. Place on an inexpensive crate or stand for extra height.

A salvaged postcard holder becomes an instant display area for family photos. A fun way to organize: Fill each column with photos from a different year or event.

The old door leaning against a wall is a versatile vintage find because its back side is an awesome blue color. Depending on the time of year, the Illinois homeowner flips the door over for a new look.



A retro battery rack snagged for $30 at a flea market becomes a clever holder for a collection of thrift-store coffee mugs.

A weathered mantel gets new life as an eyecatching headboard-and a display shelf for mementoes.

Old handwritten letters are strung across an empty frame with jute twine to create a pretty vintage vignette.


A soda pop cooler becomes a colorful and creative sink. For unusual molding, this Minnesota homeowner applied yardsticks above corrugated steel wainscoting. To coordinate with the sink, she mixed red and green sticks.

Mason jars, milk bottles and other glass containers take a charming turn as vases-or places to corral paper clips, rubber bands, pens or pencils.

Salvaged shutters add interest and texture to walls. Simply prop behind furniture, or secure to walls.


Not sure what to do with your quirky collectibles? This homeowner's old lightbulbs, in varying colors and shapes, create a striking focal point for the dining room table.

Weathered planks serve as display ledges for vintage finds. Muted colors unite the varied collectibles.

Glass, marble or metal doorknobs make fun clothes or curtain hooks.Another idea for doorknobs: Turn them into a picture holder. Attach two or three to a wall and prop a picture frame between the knobs and the wall.


An old barn window becomes intriguing wall art. The reproduction chair upholstered in feed sacks adds to the vintage appeal.

Old pocket watches from a flea market provide a tabletop accent.

Use old canning jars to serve wine.


In this serene blue master bedroom, an old window stands in for art above the bed, and a vintage chest adds pretty color on the nightstand.

A salvaged porch railing serves as an attractive-and useful-mail stop. Sort correspondence by slats rather than stacking it in piles.

One way to display unusual finds such as these vintage lightbulbs: Put them under a glass bell top or cloche.


Old photos-on a clipboard or hung with clothespins-are easy wall decor.

Old buttons become works of art when hung on wall displays. Consider grouping by color, shape or material.

A vintage water filter fills a nook in this dining area.


A meat grinder cleverly holds a candle for an entertaining tabletop. At an outdoor party, try attaching the grinders along a buffet-table edge. Deep-fryer baskets with pillar candles inside make great luminarias!

Create a playful fireplace display with old globes, as these Ohio homeowners did. Glue holds the globes in place.

Old board games make colorful wall art-and who cares if some of the pieces are missing?


Grouping sports collectibles in one room increases their stylish impact. Arrows in a thermos are an everlasting alternative to flowers in a vase.

Instead of piling fruits in a basket, save counter space by suspending an old grocery scale from a ceiling hook.

Hard-sided suitcases store files on a shelving unit.


Put a vintage bottle opener to good use by attaching it to a kitchen table-preferably a vintage one!

Add drawer pulls to inexpensive wooden crates to make them easier to pull out from shelves.

A metal caddy scored at a thrift shop holds canning jars that keep everyday forks, knives and spoons handy.


Salvaged items-including grates, grills and picture frames-look perfect on weathered outdoor walls. For more ideas on using recycled or salvaged items in your garden, click on the link below.

Vintage hard-sided suitcases tucked beneath a bedroom side table are pretty and practical. They hold linens and clothes.

Late '50s boy-theme curtains inspired this room. A totem pole lamp and a throw covered with vacation pennants create classic camp style.


This flea-market find-a sugar mold-makes a perfect workspace organizer. It's deep enough to store scissors, a hole punch and other office necessities.

Favorite items are grouped on the dresser: a vintage fur collar, a glass jar full of perfume jars and an old tiara.

An apple-picker's pouch hangs around to gather magazines.More ideas for farm tools: A pitchfork attached to the wall pitches in as an easy coatrack; a rake head becomes a hanger for small garden tools.


Small toolboxes can hold spice jarslarger ones can control desk clutter.

Distinctive ceiling light fixtures turned upside down work as candleholders.

A metal heating grate serves as a garden side table when placed on top of an urn.


A tin bread box makes a unique vase or plant pot (just line it so it doesn't rust-and punch a drain hole).

Tarnished silverware becomes a clever decoration on the framework of a lampshade.

Leave the expensive toys to collectors; the ones that still work cost hundreds. Instead, think how broken-down toys can serve as conversation-starters.

 Tin dump trucks, for instance, can be home base for the remote control.

Other toy ideas: Game pieces, such as dominoes, poker chips or checkers, give small magnets playful personality when you glue them together; vintage dollhouses make interesting bookcases.


Vintage wooden molds make stylish dresser-top organizers. Another idea for a workshop tool: A wood carpenter's level as a narrow photo ledge.

Grouping collections maximizes impact. Here, glass containers show flatware prettily, but you can also try old pots, pitchers, baskets, trays, and bowls to corral and display.

A curly building corbel becomes a plate display piece.


Wood pulleys pair up as clever bookends.

Source: https://www.midwestliving.com/homes/decorating-ideas/decorating-ideas-for-vintage-finds/

10 Easy Ways to Decorate with Vintage Garden Tools

10 Artistic Farm Equipment Repurposing Ideas For Home And Garden Decor

Vintage garden tools are such a fun secondhand find. Garage sales, church sales and estate sales are perfect places to turn up some fresh-with-garden-dirt tools.

I think the definition of garden tools goes way beyond shovels and cultivators; I include sprinklers, hoses and clay pots as essential garden-making tools, too! When it comes to garden-inspired decorating, more is always merrier! Since our summer plants are finally starting to look good, I’ll give you a little peek at our porch and patio to show you 10 Easy Ways to Decorate with Vintage Garden Tools.

Today’s post is part of our monthly Thrifty Chicks Challenge, which means you’ll get a bunch of Garden Tool inspiration from my creative, talented friends. I can’t wait to see what these ladies have come up with! I’ll have all their links down below.

Before adding garden tools to my decor, I scrub and seal them, so they look their best. {“How to Refresh Vintage Galvanized Metal”} The rust and time-worn character is a wonderful accent to fresh flowers and foliage when given the old tool beauty treatment;)

Tuck Old Garden Tools Into Your Garden

There’s nothing easier than setting an old sprinkler in with your garden flowers. Vintage tractor sprinklers don’t have to work to add an artistic touch of patinaed metal to the scene.

Enjoy Vintage Garden Tools as Decorative Accessories

You don’t even have to have a garden to enjoy old garden tools as art. Group them together or enjoy singly just setting around your outdoor spaces, much you would with any other decorative accessory. Who needs to purchase accessories from the big box store when you can enjoy a couple dollar, old garden tool?

Nestle Your Vintage Garden Tools Together for a Simple Vignette

Sprinklers are all about greening up the grass, so why not group them together with…you guessed it…grass?! Tiered trays are a great way to display a whole theme of items to create a centerpiece.

{“DIY a Junk Styled Tiered Tray”} I’ve been looking forward to using this garden-edging tiered tray to display a grouping of vintage garden tools.

A pile of clay pots and some faux grass and succulents make these old yard tools centerpiece-worthy on our outside coffee table.

To add to the sprinkler theme, I added an old brass sprayer to my succulent lantern planter {“Repurposed Lantern Planter”} It’s a twist on the mini animals that are usually found in terrariums.

You don’t just have to decorate with vintage garden tools on the horizontal; they can add amazing vertical interest  to your decor, too!

Add Vintage Garden Tools to a Seasonal Wreath

A couple old hand tools can simply be wired to any of your seasonal wreaths for added texture. Or you could go all out and create a hose wreath…or a Many Hoses Wreath, I to do! {“DIY Garden Hoses Wreath”}

Tie Vintage Tools to a Post and Add Flowers

Any vertical element in your yard or garden can be a canvas for a vintage tool if you have some simple twine. I tied my favorite aqua shovel to a galvanized post attached to our deck, usually used for a bird feeder. With a few glass bottles tied on below, I can feature the fresh pick of the day!

Repurpose Your Vintage Tools Into Art

Grouped together and arranged and tied artistically, vintage tools can become a work of garden art! I tied old hand tools with simple twine, radiating out onto a vintage bicycle wheel and hung the whole thing from our porch wall. It’s a fun vintage artistic accent and definitely lets guests know what they’re getting into when they come to our house! {“Upcycled Bicycle Garden Art”}

Use Vintage Tools Instead of a Wreath on Your Door

For a funky twist on the usual welcoming door wreath, how about adding a few vintage tools to an old hardware apron? With some faux greenery and a seed packet, you have an instant garden-friendly greeting!

Use Vintage Garden Tools as Hangers

The tines on old rakes, cultivators and pitchforks are perfect for hanging cute signs and other items. Be careful if you have the sharp sides out; you don’t want someone losing an eye on your decor! I strategically hung mine where we don’t walk past; hopefully we won’t have any emergency room visits because of my rusty decor;)

And let’s not forget one of the easiest ways to enjoy Vintage Garden Tools…in the dirt! Decoratively, of course:

Stick Old Garden Tools Into Your Container Pots

The beauty of having some old cute garden tools sticking your container pots? Even if your flowers just got dead-headed, the pot will still look pretty! For the simplest container pot accent, stick old rakes or child’s garden sets right into the dirt of your container plant. You could hang a fun sign from them if you want, or just enjoy the structural form.

Repurpose Old Garden Tools as Plant Stakes

Seems we can never find that dandelion puller when we need it (which is plenty often). Here’s my solution: I just glued on the word “Herbs” with my scrabble letters and popped it into my tabletop herb garden. Now it won’t get lost anymore; I’ll know right where it is!

Hope you enjoyed a sneak peak into our garden tool-inspired porch! I wasn’t planning on having that theme in this space, but maybe my subconscious just went that way when we hung our old garden gate for the big Graduation party {“Graduation Party Recap”}. And…I’ve never met a vintage garden tool I didn’t …and probably brought home:)

I hope this 10 Easy Ways to Decorate with Vintage Garden Tools gave you some new ideas for your outdoor, or indoor spaces! I can’t wait to see what my friends came up with to add to the ideas and inspiration!

Thrifty Chicks Old Yard Tools Challenge

Sharing at these lovely parties:

Vintage Charm

Talk of the Town

Tuesday Turn About

Waste Not Wednesday

Homestyle Gathering

Farmhouse Friday

DIY Salvaged Junk Projects

Source: https://lorabloomquist.com/10-easy-ways-to-decorate-with-vintage-garden-tools/