Easter Cross made from Repurposed Materials

Earlier this week, I showed you my farmhouse metal art that came from repurposing a couple of quirky thrift store finds. At that time, I promised I would show you what I did with the other antique table leg I had left of a set. Here is my stash for today that I’m going to turn into an Easter cross (since the glorious holiday is fast-approaching), and because it’s Power Tool Challenge time! Woot! Check out the end of the post for my blogger friend’s projects too.

Pile of Reclaimed Parts for Easter Cross | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Most might see a pile of trash, but this would-be junk is perfect for my vision. In this “mess” is a vintage cake pan, a piece of pallet wood, and crib rail spindles. Same as in my last project, I use my drill to take that antique table leg hole all the way through.

Drilling Through Antique Table Leg | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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My plan is to stick that antique table leg in the center of the cake pan, so I whittled a bit off of the one end with my utility knife to make it fit. Next, I use a hacksaw to cut a couple of the crib rail spindles to length. Sometimes you don’ t need power tools, right?

Cutting Crib Spindle with Hacksaw | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Those spindles become the cross pieces and then I use that piece of pallet wood to add text. In order to attach the sign to the cross, I used on of my rusted square head nails. Want to rust your own? Just head HERE to get the tutorial.

Rusty Square Head Nail for Rustic Easter Cross by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

After adding a slip of a vintage lace tablecloth (I always grab those when thrifting), I totally thought the cake pan base looked perfect as a planter. Some of my girls and I filled it with succulents. I have the best helpers in the world!

Girls Planting Succulents for Easter | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

My funky, repurposed Easter cross is ready to celebrate the glory of my Savior’s reign.

Repurposed Easter Cross from Salvaged Junk by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

For me, this creation is not only a symbol of God’s love for us and His victory over the grave, but the succulents are symbolic of how His love is fresh and new every morning.

Vintage Cake Pan turned Succulent Planter with Easter Cross by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

At one point, I felt like how this Easter cross used used to be – feeling worn and needing new purpose.

Reclaimed Vintage Finds Become Easter Cross Succulent Planter by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I am eternally thankful that I have a heavenly Father that sees fit to never quit on me and throw me out in the trash.

"He is Risen" Repurposed Easter Cross by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Next time you see some “junk” I hope you are inspired to get creative and make something new. If you would love to have this as you own, you can find it and more in my shop. (SOLD)

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I hope you have a blessed Easter season and would love it if you would pin and share to inspire others! ♥

Easter Cross Made from Repurposed Parts and Vintage Cake Pan Turned Succulent Planter by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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WAIT! Before you head off, take a minute to check out all this power tool goodness from my blogger friends…Power Tool Challenge Team Spring Themed DIY Projects

Chevron Wood Easter Egg by Kim Six Fix

Fruit and Vegetable Bin by by Designs By Studio C

Wooden Swing Shelf by Domestically Speaking

Wooden Easter Eggs by Create And Babble

Repurposed Easter Cross by Prodigal Pieces

Planter Box Centerpiece by Refresh Restyle

Upcycled Drawer Front Planter by Confessions of A Seral DIY’er

Rustic 3 Panel Wall Decor by Designed Decor

Key West DIY Wood Planter Box by H2OBungalow

Baseball Bookends by Virginia Seweet Pea

Chair Back Bird Feeder by Interior Frugalista

Wood Slice Rolling Plant Stand by My Repurposed Life

More inspiration for you like my repurposed Easter cross:

Dumpster Dresser Turned Boho Chic Diva by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comAntique Treadle Sewing Machine Repurposed with Early 1900's Barn Wood Using Weatherwood Stain by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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  • Wendi @ H2OBungalow

    I adore your upcycled spindle project! It works great at Easter and then if you take the sign off it could hold other things during the rest of the year. Pretty! .

    March 17, 2016 at 9:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Exactly. 😀 Thank you, Wendi!

      March 18, 2016 at 6:46 pm Reply
  • Frances Batson

    So simple but powerful. Love it.

    March 17, 2016 at 9:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s fantastic to hear. Thank you. 🙂

      March 18, 2016 at 6:46 pm Reply
  • Ellen Braunberger

    That cross is a blessing!

    March 17, 2016 at 9:45 am Reply
    • Zoya

      This is wonderful and very meaningful. i have a BUNDLE of spindles I have been collecting over the years. Now I can make some crosses out of them. PS this last weekend , I bought a beautiful vintage flower arrangement that had three spindles in it along with the flowers. It was very nice. Just passing along to you as another use for your longer skinny spindles. I am going to dry brush some of mine to add a little color in my floral arrangements. Thanks!

      March 17, 2016 at 9:58 am Reply
      • Larissa

        That would be wonderful and thanks for the tip! I actually have plans for the rest of those with a project soon. hee hee hee.

        March 18, 2016 at 6:45 pm Reply
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      March 18, 2016 at 6:45 pm Reply
  • Jolinda

    Larissa, it is so wonderful what you did and the message and hope it gives to us all.
    Thank you,

    March 17, 2016 at 10:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I truly wanted to inspire. Thank you, Jolinda!

      March 18, 2016 at 6:43 pm Reply
  • Sherry Fram

    Beautiful way to celebrate Easter & the resurrection of Christ! Love it! Going to show this to my momma who is in charge of the church decorations. She will love this for the entry table. We’ll have all the stuff needed in the old milk barn to make it. Just have to get some succulents. Thanks for the inspiration!!

    March 17, 2016 at 10:12 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s wonderful to hear, Sherry! Thank you so much for the love.

      March 18, 2016 at 6:43 pm Reply
  • Cher @ Designs by Studio C

    Very, very beautiful and so creative with the cake pan at the bottom as a planter! 🙂

    March 17, 2016 at 11:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Cher!

      March 18, 2016 at 5:53 pm Reply
  • Marie, The Interior Frugalista

    You seriously blow me away with your skills at repurposing junk into beautiful pieces. This is no exception Larissa! Your little helpers are adorable. Judging by the fact that they are wearing dresses with no jackets tells me that Spring is in the air where you are. It snowed here last night and I’m so done with Winter 🙁

    March 17, 2016 at 12:06 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are da bomb as well, Marie! Yes, up and down temps here, but I’m still aching for sun, sun, SUN!

      March 18, 2016 at 5:53 pm Reply
  • Mary-the boondocks blog

    A very inspirational post Larissa. We sh uld not forget the meaning of Easter among all the bunnies and eggs. A blessed Easter to you and your family.

    March 17, 2016 at 1:26 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Mary. I for one only have the cross. 🙂

      March 18, 2016 at 5:52 pm Reply
  • Maryann @ Domestically Speaking

    So pretty – love that you added the succulents!

    March 17, 2016 at 3:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Maryann!

      March 18, 2016 at 5:52 pm Reply
  • Adina Johnson

    What a great repurpose and reminder of what our Savior has done for us.

    March 17, 2016 at 5:26 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Adina. It’s the least I could do.

      March 18, 2016 at 5:51 pm Reply
  • [email protected]

    I love seeing what you create with junk that most people would never give a second glance. This is perfect for Easter and you can use it year after year.

    March 17, 2016 at 6:26 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Paula. Half the fun is creating and sharing. 🙂

      March 18, 2016 at 5:51 pm Reply
  • Mary Barber

    Love this inspirational idea!

    March 17, 2016 at 8:30 pm Reply
  • Christy @Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    This is so beautiful, Larissa! I loved to see your girls helping as well!

    March 17, 2016 at 11:23 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      They are always lurking the shadows and love to watch. It’s fun! Thank you!

      March 18, 2016 at 5:49 pm Reply
  • Kim Six

    What a perfect Easter decoration. And it is so lovely to see the kids too!

    March 19, 2016 at 10:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Kim! They are my best cheerleaders. 🙂

      March 24, 2016 at 6:59 am Reply
  • DeDe @Designed Decor

    So creative and what a beautiful statement for this season of Lent!

    March 22, 2016 at 8:57 am Reply
  • Carole

    All I can say is WOW! I absolutely love this! I must make one for myself!

    February 9, 2017 at 10:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wonderful to hear! Thank you, Carole. 😀

      February 9, 2017 at 11:53 am Reply
  • leisa

    One of my favorite projects you have posted.

    March 3, 2018 at 6:26 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      How wonderful! Thank you so much.

      March 4, 2018 at 8:05 am Reply
  • Debra Wise

    Thank you for doing an Easter post reminding us that Christ’s death and resurrection is the true meaning of Easter. I believe this cross is my favorite makeover that you’ve ever done! Thanks for sharing this inspirational message for us and for not being afraid to share your faith with your followers! You rock!!!

    March 31, 2018 at 9:56 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      How wonderful to hear. Yes, so very exciting that we can celebrate and look forward to His return and Reign. He is risen!

      April 3, 2018 at 6:52 am Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    This is so beautiful. Happy Easter

    March 31, 2018 at 10:27 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Debra. You too!

      April 3, 2018 at 6:52 am Reply
  • Monica

    This is absolutely beautiful and i hope to make one to grace my porch in time for Easter Sunday. Thank you for sharing.

    April 19, 2019 at 8:33 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      So sweet of you to say, Monica. Happy Easter to you. He lives!

      April 19, 2019 at 9:32 pm Reply

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