I just purchased this rusty shovel head yesterday.
The first step in making a great junk garden vignette is to find some cool junk! (I have plenty!)
I move my junk around in the designated vignette space until I get a pleasing arrangement. Sometimes this happens quickly, and sometimes it takes a while. Sometimes it may even take a trip to a junk shop for the right piece, however, now that I have been putting together junk vignettes for a while now, I usually have the right pieces.
The most important rule with junk gardening or outdoor junk vignettes is that your yard and garden should be well maintained, manicured, mowed, clipped, etc. If your yard looks overgrown and junky before you start you will not end up with a pleasing junk garden vignette, you will end up with a JUNKYARD vignette. Big difference.
Barn wood and galvanized zinc finishes go so well together, especially in a junk garden.
I started with a 30" long, 1" x 4 3/4" scrap of reclaimed wood, and five zinc pails. I put the far right and far left nails in the middle of the board about 3" in from the ends, then about 6" apart on the the other three. Or at 9", 15", 21" and 27".
First, I found the perfect weathered wood and metal stool at a local antique shop for $20. It was love at first sight!