Do you ever pick something up at the store, think ooooh I could make something cute with this, throw it i your shopping cart only to stash it away in your craft closet? Good. I knew I couldn’t be the only one. That was me about 3 years ago with the cutest little set of thrifted garden tools. They have been sitting in the closet, shuffled around for a bit for I finally got the urge to make the cutest simple Spring garden tool decor you ever did see!
That’s the think about inspiration sometimes. You literally never know when it’s going to hit, I walked into my craft closet grabbed a scrap board, looked up and there were those little garden tools I had stashed away all these years. Lightbulb! Here is what I did and the supplies I ended up using.
- Small garden tools
- Scrap Board
- 3 shades of chalk paint (I used Lavender, Moss and Plaster)
- Patina Metal Effects Kit
- Old soup can
- Hot Glue
- Greenery and/or Spanish Moss
- Jumbo Popsicle Sticks
Part One — Paint Smear
The foundation of this project is a good board and a little bit of creative paint smearing (more on that technique soon). It is a quick way to get the look of an aged chippy wood piece without having to go searching for one.
I like to start by staining whatever surface I am working with. A dark stain will shine through all of the faux paint chips and layers you will create.
The more paint colors you use at this step the more years of age and wear you’re adding to your wood. I layered up Lavender and Moss by Waverly, being careful to leave a bit of each color showing through.
The final step of the paint layering process is your white layer. I like for this to be the heaviest coat with bits and pieces of the other two colors peeking through.
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Step Two- Patina
This step is my favorite. I used a patina kit by Metal Effects which is linked below. All step by step instructions are listed on the box for this process.
After paint and primer from the Metal Effects kit this is what your garden tools will look like If patina isn’t your thing, they also have a DIY rust kit that I used on this hardware in my kitchen.
They will transform to THIS whenever sprayed with an activator spray included in the kit. Its best to let allow this part of the process time to process on it’s own without the help of a heat gun or dryer.
Step 3 ‑Embellish
And of course the final steps of the process include securing everything in place including the garden tools and greenery. I attached the soup can to the board with a combination of E6000 and hot glue. It’s my favorite now and later concoction. The hot glue is an immediate adhesive white the E6000 takes longer to dry but it has an excellent strong hold.