DIY Repurposed Garden Trowel Flower

4 Materials
$1
1 Hour
Easy

I'm always looking for fun and easy ways to add some whimsty to my gardens, and I love repurposing things to do just that.


Since I already had everything for this project the cost was next to nothing.

repurposed garden trowel flower

Like this old and rusty garden trowel.


A perfect candidate for a garden art makeover.

repurposed garden trowel flower

The first thing you need to do is take a wire brush to the rusty spots to make sure to get off any flaking bits.

repurposed garden trowel flower

Then give your trowel a nice bath to clean wash any rusty residue.

repurposed garden trowel flower

I spray painted the trowel shovel part with some Tremclad Rust-covering spray paint in a white, and I left that cure for 24 hours.

repurposed garden trowel flower

Once that was dry I painted over that with two coats of a hot pink using a paint and primer combo.

repurposed garden trowel flower

And then the handle got two coats of a green spray paint and primer combo.

repurposed garden trowel flower

Once my trowel was all dry it was time to create my flower.

repurposed garden trowel flower

I used GOOP Adhesive to glue on clear glass beads.

repurposed garden trowel flower

And I taped them in place with painter's tape for about 15 minutes until they set, and then I let the flower sit for 24 hours to cure.

repurposed garden trowel flower

And here's my finished repurposed garden trowel lupin flower beside a real lupin in the garden. It would also look nice tucked into a planter.


To see two more trowel flowers that I made to accompany this one check our my Garden Trowel Flowers blog post here.


The time to do this project does not include spray paint drying time, and the $1 cost was based on me already having everything I needed.

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