Fighting Over a Rusty Dustpan {a repurposed fall wreath}

I never, ever, ever in a million years thought my husband and I would argue about a rusty dustpan.

Let me rephrase that.

I never thought we’d ever argue about which one of us owns a rusty dustpan.

He usually makes smart mouth comments about most of the rusty junk I’ve hauled home, so when I carried a totally rusted old dustpan into the kitchen and plopped it on the table to repurpose into an alternative fall wreath, I never dreamed it would lead to an argument.

The conversation went something like this …

Where some see rusty junk, others see a beautiful rusty dustpan to turn into a fall wreath -

him – “That’s my dustpan.”

me “What do you mean that’s your dustpan?”

him“I use it when I’m cleaning the garage.”

me“That doesn’t make it yours.  I bought it.”

him“I’m the one who found it in the workshop and got it out.”

me“I don’t care where you got it.  It’s mine.

him“But you weren’t using it and I am.”

me“Well, I’m going to use it now.  You would never buy something like this and I did.  You can have the ugly blue plastic dustpan that you probably did buy.”

him“But that’s the one we use in the house.”

By this time my voice had escalated to that of a two-year-old fighting with a sibling about a toy.

I looked him straight in the eye and said …

“I’ll buy another ugly blue dustpan for the house, but this one is MINE.”

Thankfully, he knows when it’s dangerous to keep arguing, so I won this argument. 🙂


I found a fall leaves pick at the craft store and got a pine cone, a few acorns, and a tiny terra cotta pot to use with it.

I want to be able to use the dustpan again for Christmas, so I drilled two small holes into the pan and wired the leaf pick with some fresh pine branch cuttings onto it.

That way I can remove the leaf pick and replace the pine branch cutting when it dries out.

The little pot and acorns are hot glued to the pine branch, so I’ll just peel the glue off of the back of it to reuse it.






I think I’d better make a trip into the garage to see if he’s walked off with any more of my rusty junk! 🙂

Click on the photo below to see another old dustpan that I repurposed into a wall pocket.


Turn rusty old junk into a blooming welcome wall pocket -

Vaya con Dios,







  1. I Love all your ideas and have made a few myself.
    Keep on

  2. oh my that is one awesome dustpan. I love this!!!

  3. Perfect rusty crusty patina. It would be wasted if it was only used for “dust”! just pinned it!

  4. That’s funny, Angie! I’m glad you won the argument. It would have been a shame if that lovely dustpan would ended up used for its pupose in the garage. You turned it into such a beautiful fall decoration.

  5. I’m so proud that you held firm on that “mine” attitude. I’m happy to call you, the 2 yr old, a kindred spirit 🙂

  6. I just love your wreath,glad you won the argument,I love your blog as you always have a touch of the unusual whichIlike.

  7. Love what you did with the dustpan. Beautiful! Also enjoyed the story.

  8. The cutest rusty dustpan ever! Glad you won that argument.

  9. Love it! Such a unique idea! Now I have to look for a rusty old dustpan! Would be so cute for all seasons.

  10. I’ve had to become extremely firm about my things, especially my tools. They seem to disappear, mainly because I’m organized and he’s not. He’s getting better, but I still remind him!!!

    • Eileen, I’m ready to lay down the law about tools too. Every time I need a screwdriver or pliers, I have to go searching for them, because they all seem to have legs that walk off to other family member’s work areas!

  11. sometimes men can be so “non visionary”!!!!

    oh well, its a nifty original piece of country that will look good anywhere, even in hanging on the door of the garage.

  12. Love your style! Thanks for sharing! Blessings!

  13. This is awesome Angie and so worth the argument lol!!!!

  14. I think was worth the argument too☺☺ Looks so cute ♥

  15. Just love the finished dust pan! Stand your ground MaMa!

  16. Sandi Masse says

    I love how your dust pan turned out and reading your cute article. You have a very creative eye.

  17. Sometimes you just have to act like 2 year old to make a point and get your way. It was well worth it. Cheers

  18. I need a rusty dust pan so it is going on my “must have list”. Love the wreath well sorta wreath.

  19. Angie, you have so many original ideas. I wish I would be creative to come up with a few myself but so far I’m a copy cat! PLs keep creating!

  20. I love that!!!! I’m constantly bringing home beautiful junk I can reporpose, my hubby brings home garbage. ahahaha. My latest find was a box of small wicker baskets at a yard sale. The lady told me 2 for $1. I told her there was 12 in the box so would she give me a deal. She said sure…$10 for the box. I happily paid for it and hauled it away. Later that day, my daughter pointed out that at 2 for $1, that box should have only cost me $6! Moral is…don’t get too excited when bartering. :~)

  21. MMMen! that could be my husband and I…..he’s usually supportive and creative, but sometimes he just doesn’t get it until I sell it for a profit!! then I get the last laugh ……..

  22. mary scott says

    SOOOOOO cute. I love this! I have 2 old metal dustpans. thanks

  23. Hilarious, Angie! And the make-over is really cute. You better get that new blue kitchen dust pan right away, though!

  24. Love your dustpan idea. I’ve used your Milk and Cream Co. stencil on another project hanging in my dining room. Keep the great ideas coming.

  25. Pinned to my wreath board. It was really yours, like you said the ugly blue plastic kind work just fine in a garage.

  26. mare williams says

    I just now read your post on the rusty old dustpan and found it hysterical!!!!!! Thanks, I needed that. 🙂

  27. This is so neat! I love it! Sharing for sure 🙂

  28. This is seriously cute, Angie. I can’t wait to see what you create for your Christmas “wreath”! Thanks for sharing, Cynthia

  29. I love this! The dust pan is much better as a wreath than hiding in the garage. Glad you won that one!

  30. Mary Birder says

    Yeah, that sounds like a conversation we’d had around here, too. I’d bet it wouldn’t be too difficult to make a faux rusted dustpan using one of those cheapo plastic ones. Some metallic spray paint, rusty color acrylic paints, sand texture paste, sand paper, etc. Might be a fun project to make your own. Over at Graphics Fairy, you’ll find diy rust paste in different colors using ingredients you might already have on hand.

    Love the original you made, though….

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