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January 14, 2016

Vintage Copper Art Repurposed Into A Dog Leash Holder

It's the first Power Tool Challenge of 2016 and in the spirit of beginning the year with a fresh new start, the theme this month is Organization.

While going through my pile of thrift store finds accumulating in boxes under our basement steps, I came across a piece of copper art that my husband's deceased Aunt made in 1951. While it's never been hung in our home, it has moved with us from house-to-house for decades. We're not honoring his Aunt's creative talents by keeping it buried in a box.

That's when inspiration struck and I came up with a way to showcase her art and make it functional as well by Repurposing It Into A Dog Leash Holder.

Dog Leash Holder using Vintage Copper Art

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Power Tools

  • Mitre Saw
  • Power Drill
  • Kreg Pocket Hole Jig 
DIY Dog Leash Holder using Vintage Art and Fence Boards

Materials List

  • Vintage copper art
  • Leftover fence boards
  • Coat hooks

Materials to make a DIY Dog Leash Holder
*Affiliate links have been included in this post to help you find the products I used.

How To Repurpose Vintage Copper Art Into A Dog Leash Holder


Cutting The Wood

The first step was building a frame for the copper art to be mounted onto. I used leftover fence boards from our Pallet Wood Clock project and you can see how I aged the new fence boards here at How To Make A Large Pallet Wood Clock.   

Leftover Fence Boards used to build a Dog Leash Holder

Using a miter saw, cut each board to size (measurements in photo above).

Fence boards cut down to size with a mitre saw for a DIY Dog Leash Holder

Drilling Pocket Holes

Next, drill pocket holes on the back side of both the top and bottom horizontal boards, using a *affiliate link Kreg Pocket Hole Jig.

Drilling pocket holes using a Kreg Pocket Hole Jig to assemble Dog Leash Holder Frame

You can see the pocket holes in the photo below.

Drilled pocket holes to assemble a Dog Leash Holder

Assembling The Frame

Line up the boards to the 2-inch mark from the edge (see photo above) on both the top and bottom horizontal boards. Using *affiliate links wood glue and #7 1 1/4" wood screws, assemble the frame.

Assembling a Dog Leash Holder frame

Painting The Wood Mat 

I didn't like the lack of contrast between the blonde wood on the copper art against the fence board frame and so I gave it a white wash with chalk paint.

White washing a Vintage Copper Art Frame used on a Dog Leash Holder

Spray Painting The Hooks

Unfortunately, I could only find coat hooks in a style that I liked in a chrome finish. Not having enough time to order hardware online, spray painted them in a Burnished Amber using *affiliate link Rust-oleum Forged Hammered Metal spray paint.

I wanted them to look similar to the patina on the art so I rubbed some Blackened Bronze *affiliate link Sophisticated Finishes Metallic Surfacer and that did the trick.

Spray painting chrome coat hooks Burnished Amber on a DIY Dog Leash Holder

Attaching Copper Art To The Frame

Using *affiliate link E6000 glue, attach the copper art onto the fence board frame, clamp it in place and let it cure overnight.

Attaching Vintage Art using E6000 Glue onto a fence board Dog Leash Holder

Attaching The Hooks

I attached the painted coat hooks evenly across the bottom of the frame.

Painted Coat Hooks attached to a Dog Leash Holder

Making A Graphic

In PicMonkey, I created a graphic for the top.  If you'd like the free printable, click HERE.

Using *affiliate link graphite paper under the printed graphic, simply trace the image using a pen onto the frame. With a script liner art brush and craft paint in the color *affiliate link Burnt Umber, paint over each letter. Add a shadow line with *affiliate link Modern Masters Metallic Copper Paint (*affiliate link).


Mounting Picture Hangers

The final step is attaching *affiliate link D-Ring Picture Hangers much the same way I did on the Pallet Wood Clock (pictured below).

D-Ring Picture Hangers to hang up heavy Wooden Dog Leash Holder

I hung it in our back landing ready to take Fido on his daily walk.

DIY Dog Leash Holder hung at the back door

Ahem...we have a cat.

I borrowed a friend's dog leashes to take these photos.

Truth is, I'll be selling this dog leash holder.

Do you like the idea of building your own Rustic Dog Leash Holder? If so, please share it with a friend and/or Save it on Pinterest.

Dog Leash Holder using vintage art


Now it's time to see what Organization projects my talented friends created. If you like what you see, please pin directly from their blog posts rather than the links.






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