RUSTY HORSESHOE CRAFTS and BARBWIRE WREATH

Hey ya’ll. I’ve been super busy the last month and a half with new calves on my lil’ farm. This is all new for me and wow at the things you learn.  But anyways this is leading up to my new craft post today using old rusty things on the farm.

I have tons of ole rusty horseshoes around not because I’ve had horses but because I love rusty farm stuff.

So when putting up a new wooden door for the calves I thought about making a sign that said COWS but by using the horseshoes as letters. Here’s how I started.

I just laid them out and moved them around until they started looking like the letters I needed. I just loved tge big fat one I had for a c.

I used medium sized wood screws and screwed them into the door.

And then came the “s.”  I got it but it doesn’t look as good as the other letters.

But I got it the best I could.

The s is just the best I could get it but I’m sure the cows wont mind.

And then I needed to make something to fill the space around it.  So I wanted a rusty wreath made of barbwire. So for me I just went over in an old field and cut some. But if you don’t have any, maybe you can ask around or buy a new roll of wire, and spray paint it rusty brown.

Here I just made a few circles with it and then screwed it straight to the door.

And for one last sign for the side of the lil ole barn, here’s what I made.

I did finally wash off the MOO sign later. I screwed it to a piece of 2×6 then to the wall. But fir the word COWS I just screwed each letter to the wall individually.

Primitive RUSTY STAR MAGNETS Tutorial

Easy Primitive Rusty Star Refrigerator Magnets!

 I love primitives in every room.  And here is an easy craft that you can make to spruce up your kitchen a tad bit.
Here they are out of the pack with a bit of bakers twine

 Super strong round magnet on back.

Super easy too!
First, get you some metal, rusty stars like this:
These measure approximately 2 1/4″ each.
If you can’t find them at a craft store, I have a few auctions on ebay with these plain, metal, rusty stars available here for a lot of 5 for only $5.99 with free shipping.
 (I hate to plug in my auctions, but
if you would like a set of 5 already finished with magnets, you can find them here.)
My set of 5 all packaged up and ready to go.
Okay, now on to making these cuties!
Next you will need some good strong magnets because we all know we tend to pile the papers and photos on our refrigerators! I choose these magnetic buttons from Walmart.
They are about 3/4″ in diameter and come in packs of 52 for around $4 or $5.  And best of all, they are very strong! 
Next you will need some super strong glue that will hold these magnets to the metal and can withstand much use.
As always I turn to the good ole E6000 glue, also from Walmart for about $3 or $4 for a large tube.
It is great on just about any surface you could imagine needing to glue.
And next all you need to do is add about a dime size amount of glue to the backs of each star.  
My stars are the 3D type, so the glue needs to be enough that it will reach the entire surface of the magnet for a strong hold.

And after that, just let them sit and dry for about 24 hours to get a good strong hold.  
And they are then ready for use. 

These stars I chose have a tiny hole at the top and I may go back and add a little strip of homespun to a few in a fabric that will match my kitchen. A rusty red.

Very simple and super cute~!

And then I just put them in a slide, seal top plastic baggie.  And add a cute topper to it.

I hope you liked this easy, how to for Primitive Rusty Star Magnets!!!
-Lisa

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