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Upcycle a Rusty Garden Fork Into a Concrete Doorstop

A few weeks ago I made my mom a mosaic doorstop and then promptly realized that we don’t have one of those things to stop our doors from slamming shut when the wind picks up. And we’ve had some serious wind storms lately on the Highveld. I think it’s the changing seasons. Mother Nature seems to be reorganizing just like all of us 😀 Anyhows; we had this really rusty garden fork that either needed to be thrown out or repurposed. And since we love recycling, we turned that worn old fork into this doorstop.

Before you throw that rusty shovel, spade or garden fork out, you might want to see how we turned ours into this gorgeous concrete doorstop. I just love the idea of turning something old and used into new and useful. #DoorStopDIY #RepurposeGardenTool #Recycling #ConcreteDoorStop #DIYTutorial #RusticDoorstop

That poor fork had definitely seen better days. I have no idea how it got so rusty and banged up, but she wasn’t going to last too much longer 😉

Before you throw that rusty shovel, spade or garden fork out, you might want to see how we turned ours into this gorgeous concrete doorstop. I just love the idea of turning something old and used into new and useful. #DoorStopDIY #RepurposeGardenTool #Recycling #ConcreteDoorStop #DIYTutorial #RusticDoorstop

Well to be totally honest, we only repurposed the top half of the garden fork. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with the bottom 😉 If you have any ideas let me know in the comments. I do love the way it turned out though. The rusty handle contrasts so beautifully against the concrete base.

Before you throw that rusty shovel, spade or garden fork out, you might want to see how we turned ours into this gorgeous concrete doorstop. I just love the idea of turning something old and used into new and useful. #DoorStopDIY #RepurposeGardenTool #Recycling #ConcreteDoorStop #DIYTutorial #RusticDoorstop

So just in case you have some rusty garden tools lying around and don’t want to throw them out, here’s how we made this doorstop.

What You Need to Upcycle a Garden Tool into a Doorstop

Besides that rusty garden fork, you’ll need a PVC pipe that has a diameter of at least 8” (20cm). We used leftover bits of PVC pipe from when we made the gabion planters. If you don’t have any PVC pipe, you can use one of those cheap buckets, or you can make a mold using cardboard.

Before you throw that rusty shovel, spade or garden fork out, you might want to see how we turned ours into this gorgeous concrete doorstop. I just love the idea of turning something old and used into new and useful. #DoorStopDIY #RepurposeGardenTool #Recycling #ConcreteDoorStop #DIYTutorial #RusticDoorstop

You’ll also need:

  • Premix Concrete
  • MDF or Cardboard
  • Hammer and nails
  • Lacquer
  • Duct tape
  • Saw
  • Glue gun
  • Sharpie (optional)

Preparing the PVC Pipe to Make a Mold

Use a sharpie to make a squiggle down the side of the PVC pipe and cut it in half with a saw as shown in the piccy below.

Before you throw that rusty shovel, spade or garden fork out, you might want to see how we turned ours into this gorgeous concrete doorstop. I just love the idea of turning something old and used into new and useful. #DoorStopDIY #RepurposeGardenTool #Recycling #ConcreteDoorStop #DIYTutorial #RusticDoorstop

You should end up with two halves.

Before you throw that rusty shovel, spade or garden fork out, you might want to see how we turned ours into this gorgeous concrete doorstop. I just love the idea of turning something old and used into new and useful. #DoorStopDIY #RepurposeGardenTool #Recycling #ConcreteDoorStop #DIYTutorial #RusticDoorstop

Using the squiggle as a guide, stick the two halves of the PVC pipe back together again with duct tape.

Before you throw that rusty shovel, spade or garden fork out, you might want to see how we turned ours into this gorgeous concrete doorstop. I just love the idea of turning something old and used into new and useful. #DoorStopDIY #RepurposeGardenTool #Recycling #ConcreteDoorStop #DIYTutorial #RusticDoorstop

Make a base for the PVC Pipe mold by hot gluing the pipe onto a piece of cardboard or MDF. If you’re using cardboard cover it with duct tape to make it waterproof.

Before you throw that rusty shovel, spade or garden fork out, you might want to see how we turned ours into this gorgeous concrete doorstop. I just love the idea of turning something old and used into new and useful. #DoorStopDIY #RepurposeGardenTool #Recycling #ConcreteDoorStop #DIYTutorial #RusticDoorstop

Okay so now that the mold is done, we can get the rusty garden fork ready for her makeover 😉 Measure how long you want the handle of the concrete doorstop to be and cut the garden fork down to size.

Before you throw that rusty shovel, spade or garden fork out, you might want to see how we turned ours into this gorgeous concrete doorstop. I just love the idea of turning something old and used into new and useful. #DoorStopDIY #RepurposeGardenTool #Recycling #ConcreteDoorStop #DIYTutorial #RusticDoorstop

Give the handle a good wipe to get rid of old dirt and spray with a clear lacquer to seal and protect it from further rust. Make a hole in a piece of cardboard and slide the handle through. The cardboard will help keep the handle center when it goes into the mold.

Before you throw that rusty shovel, spade or garden fork out, you might want to see how we turned ours into this gorgeous concrete doorstop. I just love the idea of turning something old and used into new and useful. #DoorStopDIY #RepurposeGardenTool #Recycling #ConcreteDoorStop #DIYTutorial #RusticDoorstop

Hammer a few nails into the bottom of the handle. I’m not sure this is 100% necessary, but I wanted to create “extra grip” for the handle once it’s been set in concrete.

Before you throw that rusty shovel, spade or garden fork out, you might want to see how we turned ours into this gorgeous concrete doorstop. I just love the idea of turning something old and used into new and useful. #DoorStopDIY #RepurposeGardenTool #Recycling #ConcreteDoorStop #DIYTutorial #RusticDoorstop

Mixing up the Concrete

I used to be scared of concrete. Crazy right. I had this idea in my head that it was a terribly scientific thing 😀 But it turns out it’s pretty straightforward. Just start with a small quantity of powder and gradually add water. If you make a well in the middle of the concrete, it makes it easier to mix and stops all that dust from going all over the place. Stop adding water when your mix looks like thick cream, and there are no more lumps. Here’s a handy tip. If you want your concrete to set faster add a teeny bit of sugar 😀 For something like the recycled garden tool doorstop you’ll only need a few grains.

Before you throw that rusty shovel, spade or garden fork out, you might want to see how we turned ours into this gorgeous concrete doorstop. I just love the idea of turning something old and used into new and useful. #DoorStopDIY #RepurposeGardenTool #Recycling #ConcreteDoorStop #DIYTutorial #RusticDoorstop

Pour the concrete into the PVC pipe. Make sure to give it a few hard taps as you fill it up to get rid of any air bubbles.

Before you throw that rusty shovel, spade or garden fork out, you might want to see how we turned ours into this gorgeous concrete doorstop. I just love the idea of turning something old and used into new and useful. #DoorStopDIY #RepurposeGardenTool #Recycling #ConcreteDoorStop #DIYTutorial #RusticDoorstop

When it’s filled to the top carefully push the garden fork inside.

Pushing will get you almost anywhere - except through a door that says pull 🙂 Click to Tweet

Some of the concrete will spill out, but that’s okay, just wipe it off. Check that the handle is centered in the concrete mix and put the doorstop somewhere safe so it can cure. About 24 hours. To unmold cut the duct tape around the PVC pipe.

Before you throw that rusty shovel, spade or garden fork out, you might want to see how we turned ours into this gorgeous concrete doorstop. I just love the idea of turning something old and used into new and useful. #DoorStopDIY #RepurposeGardenTool #Recycling #ConcreteDoorStop #DIYTutorial #RusticDoorstop

The PVC pipe can be reused again for another project. Sand any rough spots away, and the garden fork doorstop is ready. We made a little rusty “STOP” sign for ours and screwed it onto the doorstop.

Before you throw that rusty shovel, spade or garden fork out, you might want to see how we turned ours into this gorgeous concrete doorstop. I just love the idea of turning something old and used into new and useful. #DoorStopDIY #RepurposeGardenTool #Recycling #ConcreteDoorStop #DIYTutorial #RusticDoorstop

The sign was made from a tin can, and I’ll share a tutorial on how we did that soon.

Before you throw that rusty shovel, spade or garden fork out, you might want to see how we turned ours into this gorgeous concrete doorstop. I just love the idea of turning something old and used into new and useful. #DoorStopDIY #RepurposeGardenTool #Recycling #ConcreteDoorStop #DIYTutorial #RusticDoorstop

What do you think? Isn’t it a great way to recycle those old garden tools?

Before you throw that rusty shovel, spade or garden fork out, you might want to see how we turned ours into this gorgeous concrete doorstop. I just love the idea of turning something old and used into new and useful. #DoorStopDIY #RepurposeGardenTool #Recycling #ConcreteDoorStop #DIYTutorial #RusticDoorstop

I love me some rusty bits, don’t you?

If you like the idea, don’t forget to pin it for later.
Before you throw that rusty shovel, spade or garden fork out, you might want to see how we turned ours into this gorgeous concrete doorstop. I just love the idea of turning something old and used into new and useful. #DoorStopDIY #RepurposeGardenTool #Recycling #ConcreteDoorStop #DIYTutorial #RusticDoorstop

Oh and if you’re looking for some of the things we used, we’ve got you covered. Disclosure: Clicking on the links below, means we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us come up with more amazing craft ideas to share with you 😉

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TABOR TOOLS Digging Fork, Steel Shaft, Super Heavy Duty 4 Tine Spading Fork, Virtually Unbreakable Garden Fork, 40 Inch Length. J59A.
Charlotte Pipe PVC 04400 0200 DWV SCH 40 Foam Core Pipe, 2', PVC, 4', White

And if you prefer to buy rather than DIY, then you’ll love these.

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Until next time, hope you have a beautiful, creative week.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

Categories:   Craft Tutorials, DIY Tutorials, Home Decor Crafts, PVC Hacks, Trash to Treasure

Comments

  • Posted: June 18, 2019 14:45

    Doreen

    I love how your door stop turned out. I’m just curious to know if you’ve had any issues with the shovel pulling away from the concrete if it is exposed to freezing temperatures. I’d appreciate if you would share how your door stop has held up. Thanks
    • Posted: June 18, 2019 16:02

      acraftymix

      Oh Doreen, how I wish I could answer that question for you. We stay in South Africa and I have never seen snow. I did have a look on google for you and found this article that might help - https://www.cement.org/learn/concrete-technology/concrete-construction/cold-weather-concreting According to the article concrete takes 24 hours to cure before it will withstand freezing temps. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful 💞
  • Posted: March 18, 2019 16:32

    Marie

    The rustic charm of your concrete door stop is fabulous. I have some broken garden shovels and never would I have thought to do this with them. Finger's crossed hubby didn't throw them out.
    • Posted: March 19, 2019 04:44

      acraftymix

      Isn't it fun 😉 I hope your hubby kept them for you Marie
  • Posted: February 26, 2019 22:24

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Oh Michelle I LOVE this! It is so cool looking, the rusty sign too! I love how you are always thinking outside the box on your creations! When the weather gets nice I am going to have to make time to get outside and play with cement. LOL LOVE!!!
    • Posted: February 27, 2019 09:19

      acraftymix

      Oh shame Linda, I hear you guys are having a rough Winter up North. Hope it clears up soon so you can play with cement. I'm sure there are tons of things you can make for that new little garden of yours
  • Posted: February 24, 2019 11:34

    Claire

    This has to be the coolest doorstop and the handle is really handy. I absolutely love it 😊
    • Posted: February 24, 2019 12:11

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Claire 🤗 That handy handle works like a charm
  • Posted: February 21, 2019 01:49

    Deborah Sommerlot

    I'm at a loss at how AMAZING & BRILLIANT & COOL this is!!!! WOW
    • Posted: February 21, 2019 05:01

      acraftymix

      😍 Thanks so much Deborah, I'm so happy you like the doorstop
  • Posted: February 20, 2019 04:34

    Julia @ Vintage with Laces

    Awesome idea, Michelle! This door stop would also come in handy if someone tries to break into your home, lol.
    • Posted: February 20, 2019 05:10

      acraftymix

      😂 OMW, yes, we can always do that too
  • Posted: February 19, 2019 21:57

    Sam - Raggedy Bits

    This is the best looking doorstop I have ever seen! Perfectly rustic and loads of character! Love the rusty stop sign too that you made!
  • Posted: February 18, 2019 06:55

    Leanna

    This would be so handy for outdoors to hold open a gate or place in front of something so it doesn't roll etc. Great idea.
    • Posted: February 18, 2019 09:10

      acraftymix

      It would be perfect to keep a garden gate open 😉
  • Posted: February 15, 2019 15:16

    Debbie-Dabble

    What a great project, Michele!! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comments!! Hugs, Debbie
    • Posted: February 15, 2019 15:49

      acraftymix

      Hey there Debbie 💓 I've been thinking about you and I hope your knee is feeling better. Be safe and look after yourself please
  • Posted: February 15, 2019 06:03

    Katrin

    Brilliant Michelle! I haven't made anything with concrete for a while and now I feel like picking up a pack and making a door stop for our windy days here too. It looks fantastic paired with the rustic fork handle!
    • Posted: February 15, 2019 13:43

      acraftymix

      So happy you like it Katrin. It works like a charm to keep those doors open and the handle makes it real easy to move around too. It's like they were meant to be together
  • Posted: February 14, 2019 10:49

    Christina Makri

    OMG! What a brilliant idea! I adore this rusty label on it!
    • Posted: February 15, 2019 13:42

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Christina 😘
  • Posted: February 12, 2019 12:12

    Debra

    Great tutorial. I have been wanting to try working with concrete. I will be referring to this when I do it. Love the handle by the way!
    • Posted: February 12, 2019 15:17

      acraftymix

      Oh yay, so happy you like it Debra. There's so much you can do with concrete
  • Posted: February 11, 2019 23:54

    Mary

    This is an awesome way to repurpose that old fork. It oozes with charm and rustic goodness now. Michelle the sign was a very nice added touch. I was thinking maybe you can make the top into a hanger of some sort.
    • Posted: February 12, 2019 06:19

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Mary 💓 and I love your idea of using the fork bit as a hanger. For now, the hubby has stuck it in the ground and called it his "fork off" plant. I'm not sure if he's giving it water though 😁
      • Posted: February 13, 2019 20:01

        Mary

        Haha!! Shaun is too funny!!
  • Posted: February 11, 2019 22:47

    Pili

    Cement is on my to-do list for so long but I admit I am a bit afraid to try. Your doorstop is sooo cool that I can’t fail if I follow your steps. The addition of the fork is simply genius, not only you upcycle it but it is handy to move the doorstop around
    • Posted: February 12, 2019 06:17

      acraftymix

      Oh Pili, I know exactly how you feel. I also had this mental block about concrete, but it really is so easy. It's kinda like mixing up a batch of that chalk paint of yours, except you'll add more cement to the mix so it's thicker. You've got to try it.
  • Posted: February 11, 2019 22:39

    Carolann

    OMG! This is so cute! How creative you are my dear! I would have never thought about creating something so unique. I absolutely love it!
    • Posted: February 12, 2019 08:47

      acraftymix

      Thank you Carolann. Saving the garden fork from the dump was lots of fun to do
  • Posted: February 11, 2019 21:05

    Kim

    You guys are so creative! I love it!
    • Posted: February 12, 2019 06:14

      acraftymix

      Thank you Kim, I really appreciate that 🤗
  • Posted: February 11, 2019 16:08

    Anonymous

    Awesome. I love rusty things.
  • Posted: February 11, 2019 15:07

    Nico

    What a superb idea 👌👌👌
    • Posted: February 11, 2019 15:08

      acraftymix

      👍 Thank you Nico, I'm glad you like the doorstop

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