DIY Faux Cast-iron Garden Sculpture



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Usually I start thinking about who or what to feature a few days before, and this time, I was ‘umming and ahhing’ about which one LINKY PARTY SUBMISSION of you to feature today. until this morning. I just had to make a decision because the article with the new linky-party had to go out !


As this morning, this DIY faux- ‘cast iron’ horse had walked into the scene. Well, ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce….



By Robin from


100% recycled

The ornamental horse is made from a  plastic toy horse found in a thrift shop! Yes. Unbelievable but true.  Ok. it took quite a bit of work to bring it to this stage, but Robin did it! I am not even going to attempt to do my usual ’Step  1,2,3 Howto make this craft my way’.  I wouldn’t have had a clue on how to go about producing this look.  This is a low-res image. The original looked even more fantastic. Because this IS fabulous. 


How to make a Faux-Cast-iron Garden Ornament?

Just to entice you, it involves plaster of Paris, and several coats of paints and treatments. The last layer is a Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze paint, which I am going to research. (No idea how toxic or non-toxic this is as I don’t know the product but it sure looks marvelous). I want to make myself a garden sanctuary. I’d love to include some sculptures in it, and I think I just found the formulae. Brighton (London by the sea) is FILLED with cheap thrift shops and I am bound to find something suitable here also. Love it!


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  • MONDAYS, Tammy from is coming to FineCraftGuild to share her Seasonal Home Decorating Tips and helps us create timely vignettes, decorate with recycled glass and things like this.
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Both free craft workshop-series are extremely well illustrated with easy follow-along photos! 

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