“‘Raking'” in Autumn with a Jazzy Front Door” should conjure up an image of an old rusty rake, and if so, you’d be right. I’ve been waiting to show you a unique-to-me door decoration for Fall I completed a couple of weeks ago. And just in time, too, for the monthly Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge.
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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I found the old metal rake head half buried at the back of a barn waaay out in the country when hubby and I attended an estate sale in the middle of sweltering Summer heat…
The kind of heat that totally saps your energy.
The kind of heat that immediately has you sweating as soon as you step out of the car.
And when it’s that hot, I swear…all you want to do is sit in the AC! The house wasn’t air conditioned either, but I persisted, and was glad I did. I found a whole lot of goodies that day and hopefully, I can show you in an upcoming vintage finds post.
Let me tell you a little about the Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge, in case you didn’t read all the above. If you’re not familiar with it, a group of us bloggers challenges each other to come up with a newly upcycled item using a thrift store, yard sale, resale store, or estate sale find. That’s right up my alley because I always have plenty of those. There’s no budget or theme and I love that because it allows creativity to soar.
I’ve seen several cute crafts with rake heads that look like this. Yes, I’ve raked many a leaf pile with one of these.
But…the one I found looked like this! Just picture…no handle and rusty and you’ll have it. I’ve actually raked leaves with one of these, but it’s much harder, because this kind of rake is really for leveling soil. Use this to rake leaves, and you’ll rake more than leaves. You’ll pull your grass out too.
We’re not working in the yard now though. The plan is to jazz up the front door with the rake head, but our front door is a glass storm door and one we use constantly. The challenge is to find a way for it not to bang the glass, which is impossible. (Been there, done that). So even though I said it’s going to hang on the front door, it won’t. It will land on the front porch instead.
So here’s what I started with:
- Rake head
- Sprigs of Fall leaves from the Dollar Store
- Dollar Store Leaf Garland
- Florist’s wire
- Wire cutters
I only used the garland, and one of the leaf clusters, and not the green spray at the bottom of the photo. And though, we don’t have to keep score on what we spent, the rake head cost me a whopping 10¢, the leaf garland and leaf clusters were $1 each, so total I spent on this was $2.10. I already had the florist’s wire and wire cutters, and I’m not counting the other two things I didn’t use.
I put the leaf garland on first, wiring it down, and of course, it looked puny, but this is just the beginning.
I planned to fill in the gaps with snips from the leaf clusters, but they were wrinkled and didn’t look right. Can you iron these without melting? I had no idea, but gave it a try, and it worked fine. Ironed the leaves and started wiring them on the rake head.
The whole process really didn’t take long, and I’m ashamed to say I forgot to take a photo of its semi-finished state. I liked it, but something was missing. Ah, a bow! So I hustled myself down to Michael’s to find a burlap bow.
“We don’t have pre-made burlap bows,” the clerk said perkily…while filling a wreath with burlap bows. Whaaat? Michael’s doesn’t have pre-made burlap bows??? You mean to tell me everyone in the whole wide world makes their own bows, and I’m not gonna find a pre-made bow in a craft store??? I was incredulous.
I did find a semi-burlap-y pre-made bow I liked. Please tell me all you crafters out there don’t all make your own bows! (I have to have a little help in the bow-making department.) Anyway, the bow came in 3 parts. And even a slightly craft-challenged person like me can manage to put the bow together! LOL
And I simply wired it onto the side of the rake. Voila! My finished masterpiece to jazz up our front porch!
And a close-up. You can actually see the rake a little better here.
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Hope you enjoyed my jazzy door decoration, that’s not a door decoration, but shhh, we won’t tell.
This is where I put it, and though, it’s not on the door, it’s very close. I love it propped on that old metal frame that already lives by the door anyway!
Final Halloween Porch Reveal coming soon!
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