Grow Shovel

August 20th, 2008 in projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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Where did you get those shovel-seeds?
Where did you get those shovel-seeds?

Where did you get those shovel-seeds?

We hit pay dirt with this piece of junk. Are army shovels attractive? Not so much when you see them at the market or surplus store. Don't let this stop you! Pick one up, employ a little junker's magic, and a thing of beauty will be sprouting from your garden!

Junk Market Style Difficulty Meter

Small army surplus shovel
Vintage metal stencils
Scrap fabric
Instant glue (we used Gorilla Super Glue)
Wood cleaner (if desired.)

Tool List:
Tin snips


Step 1: Clean shovel with metal cleaner or soap and water (if not too dirty.)

Step 2: Freshen up wooden handle with a wood cleaner (if desired.)

Step 3: If your stencils are connected, snip letters apart with tin snips.

Depending on the stencil, this may take some forearm strength.

Step 4: Measure and cut scrap fabric to fit behind stencils. Choose a fabric that will stand out and make the letters easy to read.

Step 5: Adhere fabric to back of stencil with glue and let dry.

Too much glue and the fabric gets crusty, discolored, and weird!

Step 6: Measure shovel face so your word is centered.

Step 7: Apply glue to back of each stencil, place on shovel face, and let dry.

Remember to glue the actual stencil, not just the fabric.

Tip: Now all you have to do is plant it in your garden or flower container and let it GROW. No watering necessary!

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Comments (3)

rustictreasures writes: GREAT IDEA!! I've got lots of shovels.. waiting to be pulled from a rusty bucket and find new life in a garden! Posted: 2:52 pm on July 16th
thriftythriftgirl writes: You can also use license plate letters for this project, then there would be no need for the fabric, and easier to find. Posted: 3:02 pm on October 31st
junkinhart writes: L O V E I T ! Posted: 3:44 pm on August 28th
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