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Farmhouse Tools Become Rustic Decor

One of my favorite things to do is take unwanteds and give them new purpose. You can imagine my excitement when I got to hook up with several of my favorite DIY bloggers to bring you Trash to Treasure Transformations. Yay! It’s a monthly challenge to see what thrifted or yard sale finds we choose to give new life. I’m all about some farmhouse decor. mmmm….

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I know you’re going to love this series! Let me show you what I chose to work with. Rusty objects are somewhat of an addiction for me, and when I had a chance to snatch up a box of farmhouse tools, insulators, and what-nots, I jumped on it.

Rusty old farmhouse tools are perfect paired with reclaimed barn wood to make functional decor. Just grab a hanger, Ball jar, and a DIY attitude. by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Any guesses as to what these are? I know you see a piece of chain, but do you know what the hooks are for? They are hay bale hooks – a farmer would have one in each hand and grab up a hay bale with them and stack or load the bails in a much easier fashion. Pretty cool, huh? That round piece with holes in it is a bit of a mystery to me. It’s embossed with a serial number and I believe was part of a tractor.

So, what would you do with this rusty goodness? Well, I dug into my stash of reclaimed wood and pulled out some pieces that I thought would suit my project.

Rusty old farmhouse tools are perfect paired with reclaimed barn wood to make functional decor. Just grab a hanger, Ball jar, and a DIY attitude. by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

No cutting, sanding, or any prep, just straight from the stash. Isn’t the patina gorgeous?

Rusty old farmhouse tools are perfect paired with reclaimed barn wood to make functional decor. Just grab a hanger, Ball jar, and a DIY attitude. by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

With that small round piece, I immediately thought it looked like a candle holder, so that’s what it became!

Rusty old farmhouse tools are perfect paired with reclaimed barn wood to make functional decor. Just grab a hanger, Ball jar, and a DIY attitude. by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Can’t get much more simple than that. tsk. I love its sweet rustic touch to my decor. It makes me sing a favorite childhood Bible song, “This little light of mine…”

Rusty old farmhouse tools are perfect paired with reclaimed barn wood to make functional decor. Just grab a hanger, Ball jar, and a DIY attitude. by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

For the hay bale hooks, it wasn’t hard to choose what to do with them. They’re hooks, so they’ll be used to hang something. Check it out….

Rusty old farmhouse tools are perfect paired with reclaimed barn wood to make functional decor. Just grab a hanger, Ball jar, and a DIY attitude. by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I used a conduit strap to mount it to the board, and then wanted to make a vase out of a canning jar. Everyone has a bent paperboard pants hanger in their closet (if you don’t, you’re my idol), and I can imagine most of you have a canning jar too.

Rusty old farmhouse tools are perfect paired with reclaimed barn wood to make functional decor. Just grab a hanger, Ball jar, and a DIY attitude. by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

To make a jar hanger, just slip off that paperboard sleeve of the hanger, and you’ll see the end should look like this…

Rusty old farmhouse tools are perfect paired with reclaimed barn wood to make functional decor. Just grab a hanger, Ball jar, and a DIY attitude. by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Take the separated hanger and straddle it around the canning jar.

Rusty old farmhouse tools are perfect paired with reclaimed barn wood to make functional decor. Just grab a hanger, Ball jar, and a DIY attitude. by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Criss-cross the ends and wrap it back toward the hook end of the hanger, and connect it to itself.

Rusty old farmhouse tools are perfect paired with reclaimed barn wood to make functional decor. Just grab a hanger, Ball jar, and a DIY attitude. by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Bend up the hook of the hanger, and squeeze the hook closed. (I hadn’t closed mine yet in this picture)Rusty old farmhouse tools are perfect paired with reclaimed barn wood to make functional decor. Just grab a hanger, Ball jar, and a DIY attitude. by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Now we can hang up our wall decor and create endless displays.

This hook has that bit of chain on it to create more texture.

Rusty old farmhouse tools are perfect paired with reclaimed barn wood to make functional decor. Just grab a hanger, Ball jar, and a DIY attitude. by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I know that Queen Anne’s Lace is considered a weed, but to me it’s nature’s lace. Sooo beautiful!

Rusty old farmhouse tools are perfect paired with reclaimed barn wood to make functional decor. Just grab a hanger, Ball jar, and a DIY attitude. by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

See how the jar is hung? Simple, rustic, perfect. If you’re loving my shutters, you can get the DIY tutorial here.

Rusty old farmhouse tools are perfect paired with reclaimed barn wood to make functional decor. Just grab a hanger, Ball jar, and a DIY attitude. by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

As for the other hay bale hook, it too became a wall vase hanging filled with summertime flowers from my yard.

Rusty old farmhouse tools are perfect paired with reclaimed barn wood to make functional decor. Just grab a hanger, Ball jar, and a DIY attitude. by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

My 9 year-old said she could have flowers hanging like that everywhere. ♥

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These wall hanging are so versatile…they can hang candles, pictures, tea cups, coats, towels, and even be a bird feeder too. Endless possibilities.

Rusty old farmhouse tools are perfect paired with reclaimed barn wood to make functional decor. Just grab a hanger, Ball jar, and a DIY attitude. by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I adore the stars found in apples. God is an amazing creator.

Rusty old farmhouse tools are perfect paired with reclaimed barn wood to make functional decor. Just grab a hanger, Ball jar, and a DIY attitude. by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I hope you’ve enjoyed my rustic creations. If you would like to purchase any or all of them, they are available in my shop. (that is if I don’t decide to keep them…hee hee hee) ALL SOLD.

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  1. [email protected] says

    You are so clever, Larissa! These are great ways to both use and display old tools that most people would never give a second glance.

  2. Susan Homeroad says

    Larissa I love using old tools like this… my favorite is whatever that rusty thing is that you made into a candle holder… beautiful and right up my alley! 🙂

    • Larissa says

      Hahaha…thanks, Christy! I’m reallt thinking on keeping one, but for now they are available. 😉

    • Larissa says

      I can’t decode which I like more, but they’re all fun to create! Thank you, Nancy.

  3. Lauren @BlesserHouse says

    A-dorable, Larissa! I would have bought these somewhere like Antique Farmhouse. I can’t believe you made them! Just beautiful.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks so much, Lauren! I can’t get enough of rusty junk and love the juxtaposition they create with frilly things. 🙂

  4. Barbara says

    I have a couple of very old farm implements that my dad reclaimed from his childhood farm years ago when we went to visit family (he found them in weeds along the cow path’ I’ve been hanging on to them as a tribute to him without knowing what I could do to make them part of our present day life. Now one hangs from a window latch in our sunporch, but since I’ve seen what you can do, I’m fixing it to the kitchen wall to use as a towel hook. The other few will have to wait until inspiration strikes, but you’ve helped the process along. I love having vintage things from our family past to enhance our home and keep us connected with previous generations.

    • Larissa says

      How wonderful, Barabara! A sweet way to remember your father, and I’m flattered that I inspired you. Thank you for stopping by!

  5. [email protected] Interior Frugalista says

    You, my friend, are one clever gal. Not only are these a clever use of old tools but they are beautiful farmhouse chic. These would look fabulous in my UNfarmhouse/cottage style home too. Your talents are endless Larissa!

    • Larissa says

      You are one awesome friend! {{hugs}} Thank you, Marie. What a DIY party we could have, eh?

  6. Samantha says

    Say what?! You have some mad crazy creativity! I never could have come up wtih those! Each thing is amazing! I especially love the jar holder with the chain and the queen anne’s lace. So, so great!

    • Larissa says

      Hahaha…or maybe I’m just mad? 😀 You made me giggle. Thank you!

  7. Kim says

    I love all of your pieces, and enjoy following you on Facebook. You have so many great ideas and projects! I just have to tell you that Queen Anne’s Lace has always been my favorite! I grew up in Ohio, and it was abundant. But, now I’m in Florida and I had to pay quite a premium for our florist to special order it for my daughter’s wedding. I couldn’t believe I was actually going to pay for a “weed”, but she and I were determined she had to have it in her bouquet.

    • Larissa says

      So sweet of you to stop by! Yes, Queen Anee’s Lace holds so many memories for me and I love having it in my home. I would have done the same thing for my daughter. You’re a good mom.

  8. Jen @ Girl in the Garage says

    Larissa, I totally didn’t expect these to turn out the way they did! I should have known you’d make them into something amazing. 🙂 SO rustic and beautiful <3

    • Larissa says

      Thanks, Jen! I’ve already sold some, so I guess I better decide if I want to keep one, eh? 😉

  9. Chris says

    Larissa I LOVE< LOVE< LOVE your website! I am still a blogging newbie. My site is all about unique and creative ways to decorate using old disgarded items! Can I join the Tuesdays Trash to Treasure Challenge?

    Chris

    • Larissa says

      Thank you so much, Chris! Glad to have you. I do believe the group has capped with our 5 members for now. Keep up the good work and check back to see if things have changed. 😉

    • Larissa says

      Doesn’t it though? Yes, always fun to dig around and create – you rock at it!

    • Larissa says

      Yay! Happy to hear it, Carole. I’d love to see what you do with it!

  10. JUDY IN TEXAS says

    Larissa you inspire me to create. I have “junk,” I mean treasures, similar to yours just sitting on the garage floor waiting to be used. Keep on creating!

    • Larissa says

      You’re a lady after my own heart, Judy! I hope you have fun creating with your treasures. Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Brenda says

    you must have seceded to keep them I don’t see them in your shop??

  12. Alayna says

    How unique! I’m now going to look at things differently every time I go into the barn. And when we do finally get around to cleaning out one of the barns, the keep pile might be a bit larger than I thought it would be 😉
    Great projects.

  13. Renae Foltz says

    I have a bunch of my grandpa’s rusty Farm tools. Do you think it’s best to leave the rust on them?

    • Larissa says

      It’s totally up to you. I like rust. If you like it, but are concerned, use a clear coat spray to seal it in.

  14. Christine says

    Wow! Everything is beautiful and looks super easy. Now to find some rusty old bits 😉

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