Barnwood blooms and other projects using old barn wood
Many people have an affection or obsession really, for old barns and collect photos of them, me included! These old buildings have done their job, sheltering animals and equipment and slowly sink into oblivion, but their wood continues to weather well. Vintage barns are beloved symbols of a society that values individualism and community spirit …and for many of us, they evoke feelings of nostalgia, warmth and idyllic country life.
Wood reclaimed from old barns can be given new life with wall art and projects like birdhouses. ‘Barnwood blooms’ combine the patina of old barn wood with found and rusty objects, what we, at Flea Market Gardening, now call ‘art supplies!’ I’m glad that some of their beautiful wood can be used for wall art, birdhouses and other garden projects Jeanne and Larry Sammons make.
Jeanne Sammons posts on our Facebook page on Fridays and Saturdays. Jeanne and her husband, Larry, live and garden and build things of barn wood, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. They enjoy building things together and exploring Flea markets to find all the pieces needed. See their examples and the instructions for how to make your own…barnwood blooms!
How to make garden art from barnwood:
- Choose a beautiful old barnwood board, give it a coat of Polyurethane …
- “We added some garden junk spigot handles that were thrift shop finds in my stash…I’m always lookin’!” Jeanne says
- Rusty barbed wire for the stems which is hammered on with fence post staples.
- Use screws for flower centers. Add a couple eyelet hooks on the back with wire, so they can stand alone or be hung up.
Gallery of Barnwood Blooms
One old barnwood board with one coat of polyurethane,
A gas stove grate and stained glass candle holder (both thrift shop finds), pound in staples and a screw
A piece of rod from a broken patio umbrella,
The two leaves are cut from two shelf brackets. “Larry had to cut them off for me,” Jeanne says…
Use GE Silicone II to glue a marble for the flower center
Add a couple eye screws and wire to the back so it can be hung or free-standing.
“Voi-laaa… a beautiful ‘Barnwood Bloom!'”
Jeanne says, “For this one I needed Larry’s help…he used bolt cutters to cut a wrought iron tea candle holder I had in my ‘stash’ … he cut all around it, in half…made each petal according to my ‘vision’…then I ‘stapled’ the recycled umbrella spokes for stems … used meat grinder blades for flower centers and a tin garage sale butterfly for leaves. Larry heated it up the butterfly to change the color with a flame. I think he was afraid I might burn down his shop! Anyway, I love how it came out…”
Old piece of barnwood that Larry cut for me and I sanded it pretty clean…I found the cast iron flowers at a garage sale for 50 cents ea…thought they were pretty interesting looking! Turned them over and they were Hallmark candle holders!
This view below is kind of a “side” view so you can see the depth of the candle holders.
“The flower is an old fan blade of some sort that I spray painted a couple shades…and the center is a cookie cutter blade…added some nails. The stem is an old curtain rod I flattened with hammer and screwed into place. And the leaves are a brass butterfly.”
By the way, these ‘Blooms’ don’t need any water, but continue to weather outside with no harm!
More barn wood projects:
Old barns might be disappearing, but some of their beauty is now captured, thanks to Jeanne and Larry.