1882 Elwood Barbed Wire Art

by Tammy Taylor

Recently I wrote about framing a very large mirror with wood removed from our 1880’s barn during it’s exterior renovations.  The mirror included embellishment using our Elwood barbed wire dating back to 1882.  We enjoy using items from our ranch’s past and bring them close to us in our home.

1882 Elwood Barbed Wire Wall Art - Beautiful and Meaningful! #TaylorMadeRanch

I had seen decorative crosses in the shops that were fashioned with barbed wire and I thought it would be very cool to do this ourselves with our very old authentic barbed wire.  We went hunting for some of this wire which still has a presence in some of our cross fences.  Once we had a section of wire we brought it back to the house and went to work.  It’s very old so the twisting and turning had to be done gently. A couple of our early attempts broke and we had to start over, but I love the way this one turned out.  It’s simple, beautiful and very meaningful to us.

1882 Elwood Barbed Wire Wall Art - Beautiful and Meaningful! #TaylorMadeRanch

We decided to try a different design without so many twists and turns.  The one below was fashioned with three similarly-sized stones found on our ranch that were wired to the middle to represent Christ’s journey –  Red for His crucifixion and blood shed, Black for His death and burial and of course White for His resurrection.  What a meaningful wall decoration – we love it.

1882 Elwood Barbed Wire Wall Art - Beautiful and Meaningful! #TaylorMadeRanch

This art looks perfect on our wall and it brings some of the old-time history of our ranch closer to home.  Of course the design fits perfectly with our preferred rustic decor and its meaning touches our hearts.  Win / Win!

~TMR~

 

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21 thoughts on “1882 Elwood Barbed Wire Art

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  2. Cynthia L

    These crosses are just beautiful. I love that the barbed wire comes from your ranch, it makes them so personal. Thanks for sharing this great craft at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link party! This post will be featured at the next In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I love them too Cynthia. Thanks so much for the opportunity to be featured. ~TMR~

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  3. Evelyn @ My Turn for us

    So Simple but just so meaningful:) Pinned and sharing Hugs from Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends

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  4. Diana Petrilo

    So simple and so beautiful, and they are filled with great meaning because of the connection to your property. So glad I stopped by via TTF. Have a great week-end!

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  5. cathy

    Amazing, and beautifully created! Love the rustic look. Checking this out from in and out kitchen link party 🙂 Cathy

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks Cathy. I love that they are very personal & meaningful to me since they’re made from very old barbed wire from our own property. ~TMR~

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  6. tess

    I would LOVE to have one or two of your crosses… do you sell them? I live in MO & have a “cross” wall!!! ~Tess

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Tess, We’ve discussed doing some of these 1880’s barbed wire crosses for an etsy shop but we haven’t gotten that far yet (last year really threw us for a bit of a loop) I’ll be sure to make the announcement if we can get something up & flying! ~TMR~

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  7. Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick

    I love these, very clever use of barbed wire. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week! Cheers, Kathy Shea Mormino The Chicken Chick

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  8. Jenny

    I love the one with the stones ~ beautiful. I think you should put these on Etsy as well. Write up a little card about the meaning and include it with the piece. It took me some time to set up a little store front, but I’ve enjoyed it and you can advertise here on your blog.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks Jenny – I’ve heard the recommendation to open an Etsy shop – I’ve never done it before but may be looking into it soon. Thanks for the advice! ~TMR~

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  9. Kim

    Thanks for giving me hope! LOL I have been dying to make my own barbed wire crosses. You make it look easier:-) Blessings~Kim

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Give it a try Kim, and let your imagination be your guide. You can make it as simple or fancy as you like. 🙂 ~TMR~

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Judy, it’s surprisingly easy and like I said, why throw away beautiful vintage materials and buy new materials to do your crafts and decorating. I think these turned out well and they’re also so sentimental! ~TMR~

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  10. Dolly Sarrio

    Thank you so much for linking up to The Creative Blog Hop I really like what you have done with the bobbed wire! Great Posts! Dolly

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  11. Helen @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

    I really like all your unique crosses! Helen Blue Eyed Beauty Blog Exercise Encouragement Group Blog

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Thanks Helen. Each of these crosses have a special meaning for me, but these two are extra special! ~TMR~

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