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.

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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 😉

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Well to be totally honest, we only repurposed the top half of the garden fork. We used the prongs to make this “UPCYCLE” sign. I do love the way it turned out though. The rusty handle contrasts so beautifully against the concrete base.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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You should end up with two halves.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. BTW, if you have any concrete left-over grab an avocado peel and make this quick and easy sailboat.

To unmold cut the duct tape and remove the PVC pipe. The PVC pipe can be reused again for another project.

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

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?

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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

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

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