Friday, April 15, 2016

Fleurs Garden Tote and a Tiny Sign

Flowers, flowers, and more flowers! That's what I've had on my mind lately, and when I throw a little rustic metal in the mix, I'm as happy as a family of aphids on my rose bushes. That's another story.

decorate a garden tote with wood slices - create a new sign with an old tool
I'm kind of loving the contrast between the white and lavender blooms, the rustic metal tote, and the wood slice letters.  Playing in the garden and playing with a few yard sale finds is always a fun way to spend a spring afternoon.


Before.....
vintage concrete edger and a galvanized garden tote
The galvanized tote has obviously been around for ages, but all it needed was a good cleaning and a little update. The concrete edger is the smallest one I've ever seen. So cute and just 4" wide.

stamped wood slices for a garden tote
I used six 1-1/2" wood slices (*affiliate link) for the letters, then stamped each slice using a decorative alphabet rubber stamp set.

small wood slice magnet
I glued a 6mm magnet (*affiliate link) to the back of each wood slice.  These magnets are small, but they sure are strong!

add character to a galvanized flower tote with stamped wood slices
I like the idea of being able to remove the wood slices so they can be used anywhere. Ha! I just noticed that the S looks more like a $.  FLEUR$ works for me.

use vintage jewels to create a unique sign with an old concrete tool
The tiny old concrete edger is enjoying retirement in my HOME. A few vintage jewels and a little (very little) E6000 glue was all it needed.  

To see my other repurposed concrete tools, just click on the links below:
Trash to Treasure Concrete Tools
Faux Driftwood Sign
Repurposed Concrete Tools
Transformed Cement Tools
Fun with Hardware, Rust, and Rhinestones
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15 comments:

  1. Super cute and your plants look so pretty in there.
    Brenda

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  2. I love everything about it, Betsy! The tote, the pansies and the stamped wood slices look just perfect together. The HOME sign turned out great as well and it found a good home. :)
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. Which one do I like better? Can't choose. The flowers do look fabulous and I'm swooning over the "home" sign.
    hugs,
    Linda

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  4. Hi Betsy,
    Those fleurs look so pretty in the upcycled tool tote. I bought one of those totes sometime back, and now I want to go find it in my ever-growing stash.

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  5. I just found a bunch of magnets when I was cleaning things up so I might just have to copy your idea!

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  6. Betsy, I love this planter!! The combination of flowers and the rustic elements are perfect!! I also love, love that "HOME" sign!!!

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  7. Love the galvanized tote, but that edger is the cutest!

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  8. Your flower-filled tote is just great! Seeing how beautiful those white and purple pansies/violets look make me want to get to the garden shop right away! Your wood slice letter magnets are clever, too. And you know, fleur$ sometimes can be rather expen$ive. So the dollar sign "S" is quite appropriate!

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  9. Betsy, you always inspire! I see concrete tools often and never even thought of using for something like that.

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  10. That edger is so cute. No wonder you took it "home." Great idea for the wood slices, too!!!

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  11. The flowers are gorgeous and look so pretty against the gray metal backdrop. The wood slice letters are so unique. Great idea to put a magnet on them...I would have never thought of that! Your "Home" is so pretty!

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  12. I love the tote, Betsy - the wood slice letters really took it up a notch!

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  13. Very Cute! Such a beautiful way to display your flowers...

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  14. This is so cute Betsy! I have some of those wooden discs and love how you used them.
    hugs,
    Jann

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