A Rusty Garden Tool Gets a New Life

Michelle Leslie
by Michelle Leslie
2 Materials
2 Hours

Now that summer is just around the corner, I bet you have a few rusty garden tools that either need to be replaced or repurposed. Before you throw them away you might want to try this easy idea to upcycle them instead.

We found this badly rusted garden fork in our toolshed a few weeks ago.

Shame, I have no idea how she got that way, but she still had a lot of potential. Her handle was still good.....

..... and that's all we needed to turn her into this sturdy doorstop

And it was real easy to do too. All you need besides that rusty garden tool  is:

  • PVC Pipe with a diameter of at least 8” or 20cm
  • Cement
  • MDF or Cardboard
  • Glue gun

Make a mold for the concrete base using the PVC pipe and MDF board or sturdy cardboard. We just glued the PVC to the board with a glue gun.

Fill the mold with concrete and insert the handle inside. Once the concrete sets, cut the PVC pipe and demold.

It's that easy. And that old handle is just perfect for moving the doorstop around too

Now if anyone has any ideas on what I can do with the bottom bit of that garden fork, I would love to hear about it. And if you're looking for more trash to treasure ideas we have a whole bunch of other tutorial here

P.S If you click on the "Go" button below where it says "Want more details about this and other DIY projects?" you can see the full tutorial including tips on how to mix concrete.

Suggested materials:
  • Concrete   (hardware)
  • Rusty garden fork   (tool shed)
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