Hi there! Welcome to the Thrifty Chicks blog hop, where every month a special group of bloggers responds to a creative challenge with unique DIY projects. September’s challenge is vintage hardware. At the end of this post, you’ll find links to the other ladies posts; meanwhile I’ll be explaining how to make a junk angel from vintage hardware.
I’ve named my junk angel Sheila, and she’s perfect for a fall garden–all rusty and crusty.
Here are the vintage pieces of hardware and other worn and rusted thing-a-ma-bobs that I collected to make her: part of a chair leg, an iron rest, two wrenches, an ornate hinge, a faucet handle, and a large hinge. Not shown is another piece of a chair leg, which I ultimately attached all the angel parts to. You’ll see it in the photos below.
To attach the faucet handle and thereby create Sheila’s “face,” I drilled a pilot hole (toward the top of the chair leg) to make it easier to screw the handle in place. Because the opening in the center of the handle was so large, I used a washer to hold the screw in place. Later I painted the washer and screw brown to match the rusty color of the handle.
The holes in the hinge were placed perfectly to allow me to screw it onto the back of the leg, creating Sheila’s wings. I marked the screw locations with a pencil, drilled pilot holes, and then screwed it in place.
Because the iron rest had three 1″ legs on each corner, I placed it on the chair leg and marked where the top leg hit the leg. I drilled a large hole at that point and used a rubber mallet to pound the leg into the hole.
It is extremely secure and makes a lovely “skirt.” Don’t you think? I could also have inserted a screw through the bottom hole, but it really wasn’t necessary.
To attach the ornate hinge and create a sort of “breastplate,” I first inserted a screw through the hole at the top, and then secured it at the bottom (to the iron rest) with a piece of rust-colored wire.
Next, I used more of the same wire to attach the two wrenches to create her arms.
One of the legs had a double-ended screw (or pole joiner), making it easy to connect the two pieces. I simply drilled a hole in the bottom of the other leg and then screwed them together. You can easily find a double-ended screw at a hardware store. The addition of the second leg allows Sheila to be inserted into your garden. She would be a bit top-heavy if she couldn’t be sunk fairly deeply into the ground.
Here she is in all her glory.
I tucked her into one of my planters on our back deck.
And then moved her to the front yard near some greenery and a bird bath. Really, I think she’d look pretty good just about anywhere.
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