How to Make a DIY Weather Vane

I am a copy-cat on this project... I saw it, I loved it, and I copied it!

How to Make a DIY Weather Vane
I saw the most gorgeous rooster weather vane on Prodigal Pieces Larissa 
makes the most gorgeous farmhouse projects. You may know her from BEEP her
VW dresser that was all over the Internet including on Country Living!

Anyway... Larissa made a gorgeous rooster weather vane and I knew the minute I saw it I needed to make one of my own.

Larissa used some very cool products on her metal rooster that actually changed the copper to a patina in a few steps.... go on over and check it out!

My rooster weather vane began life with the leg of a table, a couple of chair spindles and a very rusty rooster. 

And truth be told I'm not sure if it is a rooster or a chicken but I'm calling it a rooster. 

How to Make a DIY Weather Vane

I drilled a hole through the table leg and attached a chair spindle going in each direction. On the ends of each spindle I added a finial that I removed from another piece of furniture I disassembled. 

I also added a square base to the bottom (top) of the table leg to give it a larger base.

I drilled a hole into the top of the table leg (well actually it is the bottom)... and inserted my rooster. 

How to Make a DIY Weather Vane

I painted the rooster with Fusion Mineral Paint Metallics... Copper of course.  To get the aged copper patina I sponged on a little bit of another Fusion color called Lily Pond.

I think it did the trick... looks like an authentic patina to me.

How to Make a DIY Weather Vane

I painted the base white and it looks great!

How to Make a DIY Weather Vane

Please share by pinning my rooster weather vane using the box below.

How to Make a DIY Weather Vane

And don't forget to visit Prodigal Pieces to see Larissa's metal art!

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife of 28 years, the mother of 4 daughters, and the grandmother of 4 grandsons. I am a DIY Blogger and a part time PreK teacher.


  1. I love this, Susan!! Now I will be looking for my very own rusty rooster!! ;)

  2. You are just too sweet, Susan! Thank you so much for giving me a shout-out, and I love your funky creation. I am totally flattered being that you were one of the first bloggers I followed before becoming a blogger myself. You are an inspriration!

  3. Very sweet! Love how you put it all together and it's perfect.

  4. Gotta love a patinaed rooster, great job giving your rooster some patina, looks awesome. Where did you find your rooster?
    I have chicken weather vane mounted on corner of front porch railing, been there for few years now and showing it, has chippy paint/slightly rusted finish.
    All finishes, paints, stains available now make it easier to attain what we have in mind, ain't it great?
    Listening to rain on our metal roof oldest son came up from San Diego last April to put on for us. Roof being tested good today, dreary rainy Spring day.
    Wanted to do some painting on dresser (from thrift store) for tv stand, wanted something higher with storage, more cottagey looking. Took top two drawers out for dvd player, will still have 4 drawers for storage. Need to get board for shelf, new knobs and paint, nice medium gray. think chalk paint. Been looking at redone tv dressers on blog land to get ideas. Bloggers like you are incredible inspirators. Have wonderful week.


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