Hi there! My name is Liz, Kate’s sister-in-law, and she has asked me to share a tutorial on how to make a weathervane stand. I’m an elementary school teacher, and in my spare time I love to read, drink coffee, and every now and then tackle a DIY project (usually with help from my dad who can do just about anything!). I was inspired to create something like this when I was browsing through a thrift store and happened upon an old horse weathervane. It immediately caught my eye, and I began to debate whether I should purchase it or not. Of course, I didn’t really need it, but it would be really cool to have. It could be quite a conversation piece, I thought. I stared at it, studied it, and then walked away to do some more meditative thinking. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that I simply could not go home without it!
The next step was to decide how I wanted to mount it. I definitely wanted it as a decoration piece inside, as opposed to outside, so I began searching Google and Pinterest for some inspiration. I was not disappointed by the results I found. Dad suggested a piece of wood with a wider base, so the weathervane would not topple over. And so our project began.
Supplies: 1 weathervane, 1 round piece of wood (approximately 2-3 inches thick and 10 inches in diameter), 1 can of Polyurethane, 1 medium sized paint brush, 1 screwdriver, 1 large plastic container in which to pour Polyurethane and dip the wood, a chain saw (if cutting your own wood), screw-in hook, wire to hang wood piece to dry, drill and 1/8″ drill bit, 8 deck screws 1-1/4″ long, a pencil, and 4 round felt pads 3/4″ – 1″ in diameter.
Step 1. Cut a round piece of wood, approximately 2 inches thick, from a dead or fallen down tree. If you happen to have a dead or fallen down tree in your yard, as we did, that’s perfect. If you don’t, don’t worry. My dad has the perfect solution. On the next dark night, sneak over to your neighbor’s yard and cut down one of their tree and use theirs! The diameter of our wood piece is approximately 10 inches to match the width / span of the weathervane.
Step 2. After you have cut your wood piece, allow the wood piece to dry for 2-3 weeks to ensure moisture is gone.
Step 3. After wood is done drying, decide which side of the wood piece you want to be the bottom. Drill a 1/8″ pilot hole approximately one inch from the edge on the bottom side of the wood base, and screw in the hook. This will be the hook on which you hang the wood piece to dry after it has been completely coated with Polyurethane.
Step 4. Before pouring the Polyurethane, shake the can to mix. Open lid with a screwdriver, and pour Polyurethane into the large plastic container. The Polyurethane should cover 1/4 – 1/2 inches of the sides of the wood piece after it has been placed in the container. We used the bottom of a large Chick-Fil-A tray to give our wood base its Polyurethane bath.
Step 5. Insert the top side of the wood piece face down into the Polyurethane. The hook should be on top.
Step 6. Take your paintbrush and begin gently coating the sides and top of the wood piece with a thick layer of Polyurethane. If your wood piece has bark, as ours did, make sure to get Polyurethane into all the crevices.
Step 7. Once the wood piece has been completely coated with Polyurethane, carefully pick up the wood piece by the hook. A lot of Polyurethane will drip off immediately. Find somewhere to hang the wood piece in mid-air, with the Chick-Fil-A tray underneath to catch more drips. Let it hang there until completely dry. You may need to brush smooth any thick lines of Polyurethane, or any final drips. A second coat of Polyurethane may be necessary on the top of your wood base before proceeding. Drying may take 2-3 days.
Step 8. Once dry from the Polyurethane bath, place the bottom side of your wood base on a table facing up. Glue the 4 round felt pads to the base, spacing them evenly and approximately 1″ from the edge.
Step 9. Once the glue is dry, place the wood base on the felt pads on the table. Center the weathervane on top of the wood base. Mark lightly with a pencil where the screws will be to hold the weathervane in place. Our weathervane had 8 slots for the screws. Lay weathervane aside.
Step 10. You can either pre-drill the holes for your screws, or try driving in the screws without pre-drilling holes. Place weathervane back on top and align it with the screw holes. Screw in the 8 screws to secure the weathervane in place. And voilà! You are finished!
Now you have a unique piece of décor that is not only eye-catching but also quite the conversation piece!
I want to say a huge thank you to Liz for being willing to take her time to write out a tutorial for us. Isn’t the weather vane dreamy!? Amazing how a few recycled items and a little ingenuity can be transformed into beautiful statement pieces. I hope this tutorial adds some inspiration to your Tuesday!
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