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Found Object Art

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Found Object Art

Wow!  It’s been a long time since I have posted anything! We’ve had an incredibly busy summer, and it just now kind of feels like I can sit back and relax a bit.  That doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing some crafty things, but mostly I’ve just been puttering around with ideas.

I did work on this over the summer though. I’ve had a old piece of wood that’s been hanging around the house.  It was part of the vintage typewriter stand that we used for the bathroom sink, when we only used the iron legs.Wood from Typewriter Stand

I also had a pair of keys, and a pair of old hinges that we picked up somewhere. I never really thought of all of them going together, until I was going through Pinterest, and I happened upon some pieces put together with found objects.  I’m actually kind of in love with this idea.

I gathered all of my pieces, and pulled out my scrapbooking materials. I started by laying out how I thought the pieces of paper would best frame the old pair of keys. I found an old cardboard frame in my supply, and used that, along with the old dictionary page.  I added some black ribbon to hang the keys with, and placed that behind the cardboard frame.Paper glued together with Keys

I combined all of those with Mod Podge, and used that to add a layer over the finished frame. mod podge and trim nails

I also had found an old graphic online that had a lock on it.  I thought that would go with the keys, and I added a saying to it. I used some old trim nails that I’ve had laying around forever to attached both items to the wood. Twine bow with keys

The final touch was to add the hinges.  I loved how heavy these hinges were, and I just attached them so that they would be part of how the piece was able to be hung. Vintage hinges on Found Object art

And this is how it turned out.  It was super easy, and I used a lot of items that I picked up here and there, but wasn’t sure how they would end up being used. I’m going to see what else is just hanging around, waiting to be a part of something!Found Object Art hung on wall

Thanks for looking!

Sarah

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Turning Metal Storage Baskets into Display Shelves

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Turning Metal Storage Baskets into Display Shelves

We are getting ready to redo the main bathroom, which has a definite beachy feel going on in it. Because the design will be more modern, we had to relocate all of my shells to somewhere else in the house. The half bath that is in our bedroom had a wall that was mostly blank, so that’s where we decided to put them.  The problem?  Well, the shells were all in one display cabinet in the main bath, and it sat on the floor.  I didn’t have any room for the cabinet, so I had to come up with other display options.

This is the wall that we started with. Pretty much a blank space. The predominate color in the 1/2 bath is brown, with a bit of purple and green in the curtains. I wanted something that would stand out from the white wall, and kind of make a pop. I researched a ton of shelving options, and I wasn’t finding anything that really stood out to me.Blank wall

I went to Michaels to get something else, but they happened to have their baskets half off that weekend. That is what you call luck. On top of the discount, I also had a 20% off coupon my total purchase.  I stood in the middle of the basket aisle, and had a crazy thought that maybe I could use baskets as shelves.  I saw that people were using wood crates, so I thought they wouldn’t be much different.  There were a lot of pretty options, but I had to have something that could withstand some weight, and that didn’t have sides that slanted. The other problem is that the wall they were going on is rather tiny, but I had to have enough space to hold all my shells. I ended up buying six wire mesh baskets in gold, two each of three different sizes, for $42.00.  I figured if they didn’t work, I could just return them. Wire metal baskets in three sizes

I started by tracing the bottoms of the baskets onto tissue paper, which I cut.  Then I played around with the layout that best suited the wall space that was available.  I would have like to not have them grouped so close together, but we had to work with what I had.tissue paper layout possibilities

Once I decided on the layout, Double D started hanging the baskets.  This was another problem, since we had to find wall studs.  There would be a lot of weight on these baskets. finding wall studs for metal baskets

We finally got all six up, using washers to go between the screw head and the basket. Metal baskets finally hung

Also, the two middle ones only had one screw in a wall stud, so we attached all the baskets with a nut and bolt through the sides of the baskets.  It might have been overkill, but I didn’t want them to come crashing to the ground.Baskets held together with nuts and bolts

And here they are with all of our shells.  Some of them are my grandmothers, collected from her trips to Florida and California. Most of them are mine, from Florida, South Carolina, Aruba, and the Philippines. I even have the one from my fish tank, after my snail didn’t make it. I’m not so happy about the black screw head showing, but I do have gold paint that I’m considering using to cover them up. Other than that, I love how they look up on the wall, and the baskets seem to be holding fine!finished baskets with shells

Thanks for looking!

Sarah

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Cedar Rose Cones On Display

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Cedar Rose Cones On Display

My mother-in-law gave me some more cedar rose cones recently.  I had never seen anything like them until she gave me a couple, years ago.  They come from the Deodar cedar (Cedrus deodara), which is native to the Himalayas, but grown in the United States too. When the cones fall to the ground, they shatter, and the resulting damage makes the cone look like a wooden rose.  They are really quite beautiful.

I had a total of ten, and I knew I wanted to do something with them to keep them intact, and possibly display them.  I came across this shadowbox at Kirklands, and thought it would be the best option.Shadowbox display

I started by removing the back of the frame, and taking out the flowered insert. It was a heavy board-like material, and all the flowers were inserted through drilled holes, and then secured with globs of glue on the back. This is a close-up of two of the flowers.board with flowers

I used a side cutting plier to remove the red flower at the base, which left a nice plastic tube base for me to work with. Cutting the flower off was really easy to do, since it was plastic. removing flowers from board

From there, I hot glued the pointy end of a toothpick into the plastic tube.adding toothpicks to secure rose cones

Then I added some hot glue to the rose cone, at the base, where a naturally occurring hole was in each cone.rose cone hole with glue

And I then set the cone done on the toothpick, and let the glue dry a bit, while I started on the next one.gluing rose cone to board

In this photo, I only had two more to add. I also should mention that a couple of them were too tall to fit between the backing and the glass, so I had to take a few of the cone leaves off, until I was able to close the shadowbox completely. I typically tested each one before I did any gluing. Most of them were flat enough to fit fine, but I did have two that I trimmed down, which made the cones a bit smaller in the display.some rose cones on the board

And here is the finished product.  I like the printed background that gives it some color, and of course, the blue flowers.  Now, they hopefully will stay free of dust and damage, and still be able to be seen.Finished rose cone shadowbox display

Thanks for looking!

Sarah

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