Thursday, November 27, 2014

Scrap wood heart, found object dragonfly


I'm sharing these scrap wood hearts I made.  I made a small one for an Eco Art Fest.  It needed to be made from recycled, up-cycled, objects. 

This one is made from old wood lath, a piece of fancy trim, a wood dowel, a wooden chair rung, and a piece of an old trim board.  I wanted it to be dimensional so I added the round wood pieces (dowel, chair rung etc.)  To finish it off I added an old key.  I started by drawing a heart shape on a very thin piece of wood paneling.  I cut the paneling out with a jigsaw.  Then I gathered up wood scraps that I could cut to shape.  I decided on the pattern I wanted, what direction I wanted to lay the boards and then started cutting them to shape following the heart pattern I had cut out.  Once cut I used carpenters wood glue and short nails to attach the boards to the pattern.  I tried to cut the wood pieces a little bit longer than the pattern so it wasn't visible.  Some of my boards were thin, so I had to shorten the small nails with side cutters. 

My daughter Rachel wanted me to make her a large one for her birthday.  Here is the one I made for her.

This one is made out of scrap wood lath, an old wood curtain rod with grooves in it, a piece of wainscoting cap, some chippy white crown molding, delicate gold trim, two old rulers, a chair rung, and then I added a crusty cupboard lock, an old key and a small piece of ruler.  You can tell how large this one is compared to the glass and paper plate.  I really enjoyed making these, but it took me several hours to find the right pieces to give me the look and pattern I wanted. 
Another scrap project is this dragonfly I made out of an old wooden rocker arm, some scrap wood trim pieces, and some found object eyes.  I think it turned out cute.
If these inspire you to try something new please comment and let me know.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Getting my crafty on, and my favorite jack o lantern comes to life

Recently my daughters and I had a art / craft show and these are a couple of the things I made.   BTW my daughter Rachel helped A LOT with the painting and finish work.  Thank you Rachel.

I looked at scare crows online and then came up with my version of a couple I liked.  His head is one piece of wood, then I used old wood lathe to create the hat brim, and gave some a pine cone flower on their hat brim.  Then added an old shirt, and crow to some of their shoulders.  I thought they turned out pretty cute.  I gave them crazy noses made out of scrap wood, and barbed wire mouths.

I also made a bunch of different wood pumpkins but these are some of my favorites.  Rachel helped me paint them and add unique features to each.

I made a pattern for the whimsical shaped pumpkin and I LOVE IT.  It is so cute. (at least to me :)

And this one is my fave shape.  I drew it out on paper and then made a stencil out of an old manila folder.  I made them in three different sizes.  I love the long curvy stems.
I had a lot of fun making these fall things for the craft fair.


Meet Nosey Rosie

Meet Nosey Rosie.  You don't want her sticking her big nose in your business.

Rosie was fun to make, and super easy to do.

I used wooden dowel rods to hold the pumpkins together.  I staked the bottom pumpkin into the dirt of the old kettle where flowers were done blooming.  I then used the dowel and poked a hold in the bottom of the "head" pumpkin so I could slide it on once it was in place.  I then staked the middle pumpkin to the bottom pumpkin making sure the dowel remained exposed on top so I could slide her head onto it.

I added a strip of burlap for a scarf and an old cowboy hat I had bought at a yard sale.  I used two long nails with a head to attach the hat so it wouldn't blow away.

We have been enjoying Rosie for several weeks and she is still looking good.