I’m Diggin’ It – Garden Spade Decor

If you really dig old tools, this little project might be right up your alley.
It didn’t cost any money to create – I had the few supplies needed already on hand.
Chances are good you have everything too, or something
similar that would work just as well.

When I saw this Garden Spade Door Knocker
sold by Terrain, I had one of those, “that gives me an idea” moments.
Garden Spade Door Knocker
I don’t really want a door knocker because we
have a doorbell that no one rings since our
4 dogs bark up a storm whenever anyone pulls in my driveway.
I know I have company long before they make it to the door,
but I thought the idea was cute, with a little tweaking.Instead of a doorknocker, I thought I’d turn a hand spade
into a house number display.
With a little digging around in my workshop (couldn’t resist the pun),
I found a garden spade and stuck some adhesive chip board numbers on it.

Our house is white, so I decided I’d use another color
and since fall is coming, I went with yellow spray paint instead.
Once the paint was dry, I removed the chip board numbers
and lightly sanded it so some of the original rust would show through.
I also gave it a clear coat of acrylic spray to protect its appearance.

I used some E6000 to adhere it to a piece of old wood, and
a few minutes later…we have a house number display
to hang outside our home.

You could use this same concept and turn lots of old
garden or household tools into house number displays.
It’s a good way to put otherwise worn out tools
to good use, rather than just throwing them away.



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  1. Very nifty…I love this idea. We are moving soon and I will definitely copy this. I have a small long handled old spade.

    Thanks for sharing all your amazing ideas Angie.


  2. In one of the pictures, it looked like you punched the letters in there. Nicely done!

  3. What a cute idea! And I love unexpected things, like the clock, in a vignette! Hugs, Penny

  4. I love this idea. I have an old shovel and may do this on it. Love your blog! Nancy Carr, Vieques, PR

  5. You’re just chock full of DIY ideas!

  6. Think I like it best as the address sign, but it would look cute on a garden shed even though no one would need to knock.


  7. Very creative, and funny, cause I have that same door knocker, but I do have a large collection of old garden tools will have to see if I can do something more creative than just the display I hung on the basement wall.

  8. Great idea! I’ve seen a lot of rusty tools in our thrift store, so I could try it!


  9. What a cute, cute, cute idea! Love it- I found you thru Brenda- Cozy Little House and I am your newest follower- xo Diana

  10. Cool idea, Angie! I love it!
    Happy Sunday :-)!

  11. Really neat Angie … love how you did the numbers.
    Audrey Z. http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com/
    Timeless Treasures

  12. It’s party time over at Debt Free Mommy Blog and you’re invited!! Please stop on in and link up with Making Space Mondays. We look forward to seeing any post(s) about making your space better. Hope to see you there. -Tabitha

  13. You are so darn creative – I see you idea, love it and say how come I didn’t come up with that? but I’m glad you do so I can copy and put my own twist on it. So darn cute, and great re-cycling! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  14. Great idea! Your house # might be mistaken for the # of a year 🙂 Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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