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Horseshoe Mirror

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  I saw a horseshoe frame something like this on the internet and thought I could make it from a mirror that was on a previous blog post Western Style Mirrors . I wanted to dress up the horseshoes with leather cord and beads. I rusted the horseshoes by spraying them with vinegar and setting them in the sun. I sprayed a clear sealer after they had dried. I drilled a 11/64 hole in the bottom of the horseshoe on the drill press. The screws pictured were used to attach the horseshoes to the frame. A 1/8 pilot hole was drilled into the frame first. I used the glue pictured to finish the cording on the horseshoe. Wow! I think it turned out well! I glued brown and white cowhide on the frame. I attached the horseshoes and a rusted Horse Head Drawer Pull  at the top. I drilled 1/8 holes and glued in turquoise rivets. My mother passed away several years ago and western decor wasn't her thing, but I thought of her during this project, as if I was making it for her for Mother's Day. I thin

Cowhide Coaster Box

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  A friend of mine made this coaster set and box for me. Very cute, and some may want to go this route, but it gave me an idea to make one western style. Here are the wood pieces for the box. Four sides of mahogany, or any wood you have on hand, and a plywood base. There are two pieces 5 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 1/2" and two pieces 6 3/4" x 2 3/8" x 1/2". The bottom piece is 5 3/4" x 5 3/4". The box is glued together, and brad nailed to secure. I cut a piece for a lid and glued a smaller piece to the underside to fit inside the box. The lid dimensions are 6 3/4" x 6 3/4" x 1/4" and the smaller piece is about 5 5/8" x 5 5/8". I glued hair-on cowhide around the box. I glued cowhide to the top of the lid. I painted the bottom of the lid and the bottom and inside of the box black. I spray painted a steer drawer pull oil rubbed bronze and mounted it to the top of the lid. I placed a strip of leather 1" wide around the box and nai

Texas Flag in Barn Wood Frame

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  I saw this Texas flag in a local restaurant and decided this would be my next blog project. It turned out the date of the blog would be March 1st, one day before Texas Independence Day! So, I built this flag as a tribute to my great state of Texas. I tried to conform to how the flag is officially described by law such as proportions and dimensions of the colors. Here are the dimensions I used for the barn wood I had on hand. I cut the boards to length and width and glued the frame together. After it dried, I stapled the back corners with a pneumatic stapler. I cut a piece of plywood 25" x 18" and glued and stapled it to the back of the frame. Flag boards are ready to paint. The painted flag boards will be glued onto the plywood backing. I tried to paint the flag boards faded and vintage, so I did a lot of experimenting with acrylic paint. I glued the boards onto the plywood backing and clamped them. I painted a large star nail, drilled a pilot hole, and nailed it into the f

Heart Coat Rack

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  What the world needs now is LOVE! For Valentine's Day I had to make something with a heart. I was going to make a little pallet wood box and put the wooden heart on the front, but I ran out of time. I looked at the pallet wood pieces I had, and this project came to me. These 2 wooden items are from previous blogs, so they will be recycled twice! This board was part of a cross in another blog, so it has a cut-out section. The wooden heart was drawn and cut with a scroll saw. I placed the wooden heart on the cut-out section and traced it with a pencil. I painted the background and the hooks Tuscan Red. I glued on the wooden heart. I screwed in the hooks and painted the screw heads. A quick and easy and cute Heart Coat Rack, spreading the message of Love. Happy Valentine's Day!

Rustic Horseshoe Tack/Coat Rack

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  We have several pieces of cherry wood in the shop that was given to us. I thought it would be perfect for this project. The top piece is the main piece, which is 18" wide x 7 14" tall. The other piece I will use to cut 2 spacers which are 8" x 1 1/2". I will use 3 large cast iron horseshoes which are 4 1/2" x 4 1/2", but you can use any kind of horseshoes. I want to place the spacers on the main piece and screw in a horseshoe on each end and one in the middle. I glued the left spacer with Titebond 3, let it dry overnight and put a couple of polyurethane coats overall, including the right spacer. After I spray painted the horseshoes black and let dry, I screwed one horseshoe in the end of the right spacer. Each horseshoe will have 2 one-inch dry wall screws. Pilot holes were drilled beforehand. I glued the right spacer with horseshoe attached and let it dry overnight. I screwed in the other 2 horseshoes on each end. On the back of the piece I measured fro

Christmas Lariat Wreath

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This is a tutorial on how to make a Christmas Lariat Wreath. First step: Find a used lariat. That's easy for me since I live in the middle of cowboy country! A zip tie at the top secures the rope. Tuck the tail into the rope strands. The ribbon was for a hanger, but in the end, I used wire. Some may want to use this idea. This is an old swag from my mother's decorations. I decided not to go this route. Wrap about 3 foot of garland  at the top. This provides fullness and a place to stick greenery. Stick in greenery. Add a bow. There are lots of videos on the internet on how to construct a bow. I used a pipe cleaner to attach. I attached red ball ornaments with wire. This would be complete unless you wanted to add a horseshoe. One idea is to use a glue gun to wrap ribbon and include a horseshoe. I chose to attach a horseshoe with a pipe cleaner. I tied on a bow, or you could glue it. The size of this wreath is 21 inches across. Have fun making your wreath! Merry Christmas!  

Cowhide Arrow Coat Rack

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  I had a vision of black and white cowhide in a black frame with silver Arrow Hooks . Time to bring that vision to reality. We had several drawer fronts left over from our old kitchen and I used one of them for this project. I sanded as much of the stain as I could. I used peel and stick laminate where the cowhide would be glued. Blue painter's tape could be used instead of laminate. I glued a piece of plywood to the back of the panel to have enough thickness for screwing in the hooks. Then I spray painted the frame and back with black spray paint. I glued on black and white cowhide and added silver furniture tacks to the frame. I sprayed the Arrow Hooks silver and screwed them onto the cowhide. I love when a plan comes together! Modern with a western flair always works. What will you dream up and create?