Here’s some ways to repurpose broken metal tools into creative garden art animals. I’m quite in love with the painted crows.
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Oh, to be a Welder
You know how people say, I wish I had a doctor or lawyer or generous millionaire in the family?
Well, I wish I had a welder. I love these ideas for turning old garden tools into garden art animals but, to make your own, you’d pretty much need to weld them or get someone else to do it.
There are, however, lots of places to buy critters like these ones and I’ve provided the golden ticket below.
Woodpecker Tool Art
This first one is one of my all-time favourites. I so well designed and nicely displayed on the tree.
Here’s another view. Notice how the wings are made from a single shovel head that has been cut and bent? Very cool.
I saw these guys on a garden tour and thought they were also so well done. The design perfectly captures the impish essence of crows. Plus, the paint helps accentuate everything. Sorry if you’re on Team Rust but there is a time and place for paint too.
Here’s another look at Heckle and Jeckle:
Hammer Head Tool Art Bird
I first published this one years ago. You can see the hammer head with washer eyes, shovel body, and rebar legs and feet.
There’s a bunch more from this collection here: Garden Tool Art Animals.
This next one is a variation on the same idea. I really like the springs around the legs.
This guy has cutlery handles for the feathers on his head. The nuts at the leg joints are a good idea for mimicking the legs of flamingo.
Where Can I Buy Garden Tool Art?
The first place I’d check is local specialty stores that feature outdoor art. If that isn’t an option, have a look on eBay. This is the golden ticket I was talking about. I was writing a blog post there recently and found lots of fabulous garden art critters. Saw blade cats, golf club birds, shovel owls, and more! Many of these items have gone viral on Pinterest and Facebook and I never realized they were all right there on eBay.
These ones make good use of old golf clubs. Or, if you’re like me, this would be the only use for golf clubs.
If you’d like instructions for garden art you can make (without any welding required), have a look at the free garden art projects available here at Empress of Dirt or get them here in one handy ebook: Empress of Dirt Garden Art & Ideas (Book One).
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~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛