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Jeanne’s Barnwood ‘Blooms’

Barnwood Blooms and Other Projects Using Old Barn Wood

Many people have an affection or obsession really, for old barns and collect photos of them, me included! These old buildings have done their job, sheltering animals and equipment and slowly sink into oblivion, but their wood continues to weather well. Vintage barns are beloved symbols of a society that values individualism and community spirit …and for many of us, they evoke feelings of nostalgia, warmth and idyllic country life.

Old barn in the Sierra foothills

Old barn in the Sierra foothills…beautiful wood!

Wood reclaimed from old barns can be given new life with wall art and projects like birdhouses. ‘Barnwood blooms’ combine the patina of old barn wood with found and rusty objects, what we, at Flea Market Gardening, now call ‘art supplies!’ I’m glad that some of their beautiful wood can be used for wall art, birdhouses and other garden projects Jeanne and Larry Sammons make.

About Jeanne

Jeanne Sammons posts on our Facebook page on Fridays and Saturdays. Jeanne and her husband, Larry, live and garden and build things of barn wood, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. They enjoy building things together and exploring Flea markets to find all the pieces needed. See their examples and the instructions for how to make your own…barnwood blooms!

Barnwood blooms

Barnwood blooms

Jeanne's stash of barnwood

Jeanne’s stash of barnwood, …she and Larry get it from barns that soon will be torn down.

Flea market finds for materials

Flea market finds…materials used for the ‘blooms’

How to:

Spigot handles were thrift shop finds

Spigot handles were thrift shop finds

  1. Choose a beautiful old barnwood board, give it a coat of Polyurethane …
  2. “We added some garden junk spigot handles that were thrift shop finds in my stash…I’m always lookin’!” Jeanne says
  3. Rusty barbed wire for the stems which is hammered on with fence post staples.
  4. Use screws for flower centers. Add a couple eyelet hooks on the back with wire, so they can stand alone or be hung up.

Closer view:

Spigot handles, closer view

Gallery of Barnwood Blooms

Made with a gas stove grate

Made with a gas stove grate!

One old barnwood board with one coat of polyurethane,
A gas stove grate and stained glass candle holder (both thrift shop finds), pound in staples and a screw
A piece of rod from a broken patio umbrella,
The two leaves are cut from two shelf brackets. “Larry had to cut them off for me,” Jeanne says…
Use GE Silicone II to glue a marble for the flower center
Add a couple eye screws and wire to the back so it can be hung or free-standing.

“Voi-laaa… a beautiful ‘Barnwood Bloom!’”

Meat grinder blades for swirly flower centers

Old barnwood board, patio umbrella spokes…

Jeanne says, “For this one I needed Larry’s help…he used bolt cutters to cut a wrought iron tea candle holder I had in my ‘stash’ … he cut all around it, in half…made each petal according to my ‘vision’…then I ‘stapled’ the recycled umbrella spokes for stems … used meat grinder blades for flower centers and a tin garage sale butterfly for leaves. Larry heated it up the butterfly to change the color with a flame. I think he was afraid I might burn down his shop! Anyway, I love how it came out…”

Candle Holder Barnwood Bloom

Candle Holder Barnwood Bloom

Old piece of barnwood that Larry cut for me and I sanded it pretty clean…I found the cast iron flowers at a garage sale for 50 cents ea…thought they were pretty interesting looking! Turned them over and they were Hallmark candle holders!

This view below is kind of a “side” view so you can see the depth of the candle holders.

Here's a 'straight-on' view

Here’s a ‘straight-on’ view

Butterfly used as leaves

Butterfly used as leaves

“The flower is an old fan blade of some sort that I spray painted a couple shades…and the center is a cookie cutter blade…added some nails. The stem is an old curtain rod I flattened with hammer and screwed into place. And the leaves are a brass butterfly.”

Barnwood bloom I made with the corn seed plate

“Here’s another barnwood bloom I made with the “corn seed plate” from flea market with grinder blade for the center of flower and a 50 cents garage sale find of metal leaves…I cut apart a few and painted them.”

By the way, these ‘Blooms’ don’t need any water, but continue to weather outside with no harm!

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