Shovel Head Art for the Garden

I recently purchased this old rusty shovel with a broken handle for 50 cents at a garage sale.


I was in luck that a new stencil I had purchased from Folkart called the "Lazy Daisy" fit pretty well on the back of my shovel head.  First, I sprayed some Krud Kutter on the back of the shovel to remove dirt and crud.  Next, I taped the stencil onto the back of the shovel with painters tape.

I used Ceramcoat Select Acylic Paint in Ivory for my stencil paint.  This paint is much better for outside signs and projects and I use it a lot for stenciling on glass too.  After it cures, it is much more durable.  You can make the paint even more durable with a couple of coats of Krylon Satin Spray Sealer. I think it may slow down the rusting of the shovel head as well.


I sawed the shovel handle off evenly and drilled a hole in the bottom to stick a 3/16" steel rod inside.  Make the hole almost the same size as the rod so it's snug. This metal rod will stick in the dirt like a stake.

Old Shovel Garden Signs & Art organizedclutter.net
The last step was to stick my new piece of garden art in the garden!

Old Shovel Garden Signs & Art organizedclutter.net
I had a hole in my flower border among the taller flowers.  This will fill in the space nicely.

Old Shovel Garden Signs & Art organizedclutter.net

Old Shovel Garden Signs & Art organizedclutter.net


Old Shovel Garden Signs & Art organizedclutter.net
More garden shovel projects I have made. "Grow" and "Bloom" from chalk transfer method and a white paint pen.

Old Shovel Garden Signs & Art organizedclutter.net
My "Happy Fall" shovel head sign.

Shovels make great garden junk art!






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7 comments:

  1. wish you lived closer...I'd get some flower lessons! Just love how you mix the rustic with the pretty flowers.

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  2. Such great ideas! Where do you get the steel rods for stakes?

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  3. Great idea - I love this and I have two old shovels sitting in planters - Love this!

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

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  4. That is sooooo cute!!! Now I need to go steal my husband's shovel!!! :)

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  5. This is a piece of art! I love the idea!

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  6. I just scored a bucket of old rusty shovel heads so I'm definitely pinning this idea!

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