Top
free discounts & updates

Upcycled Doorstop from Garden Sculptures

I can’t believe another month has passed and it’s already Trash to Treasure time. Yay! It’s a fun time of the month where my blogger friends and I get together to corporately share our latest DIY fun with you. However, you’ll see their projects in a bit. Today, I’ve got this motley crew of plastic garden sculptures. Do you see potential? I see an upcycled doorstop just ready for a makeover.  In addition, you can see my upcycled baby bib doorstops in this post.

Plastic Garden Sculptures Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Maybe I’m crazy, quirky, or am just a fun gal who loves to DIY. I’ll claim all three titles. ahem. I inherited this set from my friend, Mandy, who easily helped me help my creative vision come true. In my request, I told her I needed some farm or wild animal toys or concrete sculptures. I found the one concrete squirrel at a local store, but she provided the rest. The green set is straight outta Rubbermaid circa 1992.

Plugged Garden Sculpture | prodigalpieces.com

One little one she provided was was this chipmunk with chewed off ear and hole in the face. She asked if I wanted it anyway. In other words…well, you know me…

Damaged Chipmunk Sculpture | prodigalpieces.com

*post includes affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too. (see full disclosure)

DIY TIME

Yes, I’m a sucker for the broken and derelict. Let’s get this makeover party started, shall we? {{happy dance}} First, I begin by fixing that little chipmunk. I used my hot glue gun to fix the hole in the face as well as build up the ear layer by layer.

Repaired Plastic Chipmunk Ear | prodigalpieces.com

It’s not perfect, but done. Then, I use a flat black spray paint to give them all a fresh start. Because this is my base coat, I’m not super picky.

Spray Painting Upcycled Doorstops | prodigalpieces.com

Next, once they’re painted, I use my drill and forstner bit to make a hole center top.

Drilling Upcycled Doorstop Hole | prodigalpieces.com

Finally, I head to the dowel section of the home improvement store to get a few pieces to suit my needs. In the end, my goal is to create a Victorian twist to my upcycled doorstops.

Wooden Dowel Rod for Upcycled Doorstops | prodigalpieces.com

Wood Turnings for Clothespin Dolls | prodigalpieces.com

This dowel and these clothespin doll parts (heads HERE & stands HERE) will help me achieve that. In this bag are heads and bases so you can take round clothes pins and turn them into dolls. Admittedly, I love to create for my kids.

DIY Clothespin Dolls | prodigalpieces.com

NEXT STEPS

At this point, I’m looking to add a “handle” as you would see on a cast iron doorstop from the Victorian era. My creation will have a more farmhouse, rustic flair, of course. However, fun to make it my own. First, I cut a length of dowel that will be the handle. Then, I insert it into my upcycled doorstop and mark where to add the wooden ring.

Wooden Dowel Inserted into Upcycled Doorstop | prodigalpieces.com

Then, I pre-drill and add a screw to keep the dowel from pulling out when lifted.

Wood Assembly of Upcycled Doorstop | prodigalpieces.com

Last, but not least, I decide to add my own artistic touches to each piece. This part is easy to get carried away…tee hee.

Painting Upcycled Garden Art Turned Doorstop | prodigalpieces.com

THE REVEAL

Here we have my upcycled doorstops complete with handle and a whole load of whimsy. First up, this mama duck and duckling stole my heart.

Mama Duck & Duckling Upcycled Doorstop by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor

Farmhouse Duck Upcycled Doorstop by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #upcycled #farmhouse

I modeled this set after a book series I love to read to my children by Jane Simmons. It features a little duckling named, Daisy, and her wild adventures. In one of the books, her sibling, Pip, hides under his mothers wing.

For the rest, they’re not so much tied to anything, but rather my experiences in growing up in a state park forest. Next, here’s the plastic squirrel made into a gray squirrel with a tasty acorn.

Gray Squirrel Doorstop by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #home #homedecor #farmhouse

Farmhouse Gray Squirrel Doorstop by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #homedecor

It doesn’t look as though he’s willing to be share – do you think?

Rustic Gray Squirrel Doorstop by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #home #homedecor #diy

Or how about this little concrete fella?

Red Squirrel Doorstop by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #woodland

Concrete Squirrel Doorstop made by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #home #homedecor

He’s about to skedaddle out the door. tee hee! Off you go!

In addition, one of my kid’s favorites is this masked bandit with a smirk to match.

DIY Raccoon Upcycled Doorstop by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #home #diy #farmhouse

Smiling Raccoon DIY Doorstop by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #woodland

He’s like…I just ate your dinner…tsk. When I was living in my childhood home, we had a raccoon who would sneak in thru our screen door and get all our cookies and crackers out of a canister set on the counter. He wouldn’t leave a crumb. haha.

Last, but not least, the sweet chipmunk is now fixed and ready to go.

DIY Chipmunk Doorstop by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #forest #woodland #home #homedecor

DIY Chipmunk Doorstop by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #animal #woodland #home #homedecor

WRAP UP

Now, you have to tell me which is your favorite? I’m smitten with them all. Also, why do you suppose the Victorian doorstops had a tall handle? It makes sense to me. Who wants to bend all the way down to pick it up and move it?  Most likely a servant would have had to make sure they were in the proper place. Likewise, here’s a fun read on the era’s etiquette.

Larissa of Prodigal Pieces with Doorstop | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #home #homedecor

I so hope you’ve enjoyed my creations. Also, if you’d like to make one your own, you can find them available in my online shop.

  • Antique Wash Stand by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com
    Antique Wash Stand ~ $275

Likewise, do pin and share my upcycled doorstop makeovers. I know I’m not the only one who will find these sculptures secondhand. Plus, who couldn’t use a whimsical doorstop?

DIY Upcycled Doorstops from Plastic Garden Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #upcycled #home #homedecor

Up next, I’ll be taking this awesomely versatile cabinet and giving it some fun as well as purpose. See the after HERE.

Louvered Cabinet Before by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

To get these DIY tips & tricks in your inbox, be sure to sign up for my newsletter. PLUS, you will get your FREE Furniture Buying Checklist and special discount to my shop. It’s time to see what my blogger friends have for you!

blog signature

let's get socialFACEBOOK  |  PINTEREST  |  INSTAGRAM  |  TWITTER

Are you ready for more DIY fun? Check out these funtastic makeover done just for you.

Trash to Treasure Tuesday | prodigalpieces.com

Trash to Treasure October 2020 | prodigalpieces.com

  1. Girl in the Garage
  2. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
  3. Artsy Chicks Rule
  4. Salvaged Inspirations

Also, more projects like my upcycled doorstop:

Simply beautiful. Larissa of Prodigal Pieces created this French Provincial headboard bench with a custom built frame as well as a handmade tufted French mattress. | DIY details at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #diy #homedecor #furniture #shoppingGrab that old picture frame and create upcycled mirror art. Video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #farmhouse

Comments

  1. Jackie C says

    So cute. You said these were plastic, that doesn’t seem heavy enough to me. Could they be resin?

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! They aren’t heavy and have to be filled with sand.

  2. ColleenB.~Tx. says

    Cute. Cute. Cute. They are all just adorable but I love that racoon. I have a cement racoon which is great need of a new paint job, along with a rather large dog that is caring a fruit basket is in need of painting.
    Like you, I love all sorts of them little garden / yard critters. I even have a few gnomes.
    I’m still looking for a fox, large goose, cow, pig, horse; all them neat and cool farm / wild-forest animals
    Enjoy your day.
    Stay safe, stay healthy and keep smiling.

    • Larissa says

      They were so fun! 😀 Thank you. Sounds like you have a whimsical spot to enjoy.

  3. Rebecca - NC says

    How cute!!! I must say, the chipmunk is my favorite. I’m a push over for a second lease at life.😍 Well done!!

    • Larissa says

      You and me both. Tis my life story! 😀 Thanks for the smile, Rebecca.

  4. suzie says

    They are so cute. I’ve seen similar in the museum. The handle was more to deal with the weight than to save bending. The originals were generally made of cast iron and so heavy that you needed the leverage the handle provided to move the things at all, and of course doors in those days were made of heavier and more solid wood than most are these days so the doorstops had to be that heavy. I do like the vibe a handle adds – it’s a lovely old-fashioned touch, and sort of elegant at the same time

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! Yes, I figured as much and why I painted mine black to mimic cast iron. Such fun to recreate, isn’t it?

  5. Terri says

    So cute and fun! How did you drill through concrete to attach the handle?

    • Larissa says

      Funtastic to hear, Terri. Thank you. Yes, drilled with a masonry bit 3/4 down and then used e6000 to adhere.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! It was easy with a masonry bit. Then, I attached with e6000 adhesive.

  6. Diana says

    I was skeptical initially to be honest. Those are cute!

  7. Christy James says

    These are all so cute…hard to pick a favorite! Your painting skills really brought each one to life! XOXO

    • Larissa says

      It’s just so fun for me to take time away from crazy to paint. Thanks, Christy.

  8. Denise Zdziennicki says

    Larissa, you never cease to amaze me… I never would have thought to bring these plastic little critters back to life lol. Super adorable my friend!! 💜💜💜

    • Larissa says

      haha! I’m a nut like that. 🙂 Thanks so much, Denise.

  9. Kaycee says

    Hi Larissa, what a unique idea, creativity is certainly your superpower girl! I would say the ducks are my favorite. I love how each animal is painted and has personality now.

  10. Deanna says

    Hi! These turned out so adorable! I think that darling raccoon and his smirk is my favorite. You really brought lots of life to this bunch of rag tag critters. I love the clothespin dolls too! I might just have to order the heads and stands and create a few this winter. Maybe for my young nieces and nephews. Maybe for Christmas. I better get on it! Thanks as always for your inspiration. Have a lovely week!

    • Larissa says

      You’re too cute, Deanna. The dolls are so fun to make up in oodles of ways. You will love it as much as they!

  11. Marie-Interior Frugalista says

    Well now, this 60+ gal says yay to the handle! Great idea for upcycling little garden critters. I have a couple of rooms in this house that could use a cute door stop.

    • Larissa says

      Right?? I got enough bending over…haha. Thanks, Marie! 😀

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Client Love

I love it! Larissa is amazing. She listened to what I wanted and then she took care of the rest! This is my second piece I've bought from her and I'm in love! I highly recommend her.

~ Laurel

Prodigal Pieces
2020-03-21T21:34:13-04:00

~ Laurel

I love it! Larissa is amazing. She listened to what I wanted and then she took care of the rest! This is my second piece I've bought from her and I'm in love! I highly recommend her.

I love this cart, it's exquisite. The item was received in extremely secure packaging, no damage to the item. The delivery person was very professional and courteous. Larissa of Prodigal Pieces is so very amazing. A rating of 10 is deserved. Thank you, Larissa.

~ Stephanie

Prodigal Pieces
2020-03-21T21:39:34-04:00

~ Stephanie

I love this cart, it's exquisite. The item was received in extremely secure packaging, no damage to the item. The delivery person was very professional and courteous. Larissa of Prodigal Pieces is so very amazing. A rating of 10 is deserved. Thank you, Larissa.

I should have left this review MONTHS ago! I absolute love this lunch bag. I honestly carry this 5 days a week. It is the perfect size! Not only can you put your lunch in it, it can also hold your book. I enjoy reading at lunch, so I have all I need in one cute bag. Thank you so much Larissa!

~ Mikki

Prodigal Pieces
2020-03-21T21:43:16-04:00

~ Mikki

I should have left this review MONTHS ago! I absolute love this lunch bag. I honestly carry this 5 days a week. It is the perfect size! Not only can you put your lunch in it, it can also hold your book. I enjoy reading at lunch, so I have all I need in one cute bag. Thank you so much Larissa!

Awww…I love this sweet Cat with an attitude!! SO SO adorable! Well worth the money, and he will become a priceless treasure in my home! Thanks Larissa for always making your ideas turn into true treasures!

~ Sharon

Prodigal Pieces
2020-03-21T21:45:37-04:00

~ Sharon

Awww…I love this sweet Cat with an attitude!! SO SO adorable! Well worth the money, and he will become a priceless treasure in my home! Thanks Larissa for always making your ideas turn into true treasures!

Perfect purchase from start to finish! Absolutely adorable piece so creatively thought out. Packed with the greatest of care with lightening fast delivery. Very customer-oriented and friendly crafter. Could not ask for more! Thank you!

~ Deanna

Prodigal Pieces
2020-03-21T21:52:00-04:00

~ Deanna

Perfect purchase from start to finish! Absolutely adorable piece so creatively thought out. Packed with the greatest of care with lightening fast delivery. Very customer-oriented and friendly crafter. Could not ask for more! Thank you!
0
0
Prodigal Pieces