Do you have any old horseshoes lying around? We have a whole bunch that a friend of ours gave us a while back. We’ve used a few to make this beautiful “UPCYCLE” sign. Horseshoes are great for making words and when you combine them with letter dishes you end up with some LUVerly wall art 😉
And best of all it fits right in with this month’s Int’l Bloggers “Iron” Challenge too. Well kinda. Horseshoes are made from steel, which is basically iron and carbon. So that counts right!!? Either way, I
luv love how easy it was to make, and it adds something different to our gallery wall.
But before I show you how to create some wall art using a horseshoe and letter dishes, let me tell you a little more about the IBC (Int’l Bloggers Club). Every month a group of bloggers, from around the world, get together to create something using a common theme. Our previous challenge was wood and we made a Lorax inspired driftwood fairy scene. I enjoy being part of the IBC. It fascinates me to see how we all interpret the same topic in so many different ways. You’ll be able to see all our projects at the end of the post.
RightyO, let’s have a look at how to repurpose a horseshoe and make ourselves a little wall art.
What you need
For this project you’ll need:
- Wooden frame
- Old rusty horseshoe
- Scrapbooking paper
- Strong double sided tape
- Mod Podge
- Letter dishes (affiliate link below)
You can get a dish for every letter of the alphabet on Amazon so you can always make wall art using a different word if you like.
How to make a horseshoe sign
Remove the glass and backing from the frame. We won’t be using the glass so save it to another crafty day, like when you want to experiment with Verre Eglomise and Unicorn SPiT 😉 Place the backing board on some pretty scrapbooking paper and trace around the edges.
I used some gorgeous yardstick themed paper on ours. Mod Podge the paper onto the backing board. Not only is Mod Podge great for gluing things, but it also creates a protective layer. You know, just in case I ever feel the need to wipe the horseshoe wall art with a damp cloth. Like that’s going to happen anytime soon 😀
Once the Mod Podge dries, use a strong double-sided tape to attach the letter dishes and horseshoe on the backing boards.
Place the backing boards back in the frame and you’re good to go.
This must be one of the easiest repurposing ideas ever. I love the way the yardstick paper creates a subtle backdrop for both the letters ……
….. and the rusty old horseshoe.
Love me some rustification 😉 It’s one of my favorite things. We hung the horseshoe sign with a few of our other favorite things. Like this portrait of my Mom that was taken more than 60 years ago.
And a concrete cross that’s been stained with a homemade “rustification” recipe. (Note to self – remember to put that tutorial up).
Even the little man we bought from a talented street artist here in South Africa fits right in.
And if you like the horseshoe repurposing idea, don’t forget to pin it for later.
I have a few more horseshoes left, so if you have any ideas on what to do with them I would love to hear about it.
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 😉
Until next time, hope you have an amazing, fun-filled week and don’t forget the see what my friends from the Int’l Bloggers Club have done with their Iron challenge. Their links should be down below.