If you know me, you know that I love to create using objects with a past. I like using recycled, used, upcycled "stuff" to create new things. It provides a challenge and creates unique, one of a kind results.
I will be sharing the things I create on this blog, so that if someone else is inspired by what I create they can create something similar themselves.
Here's a garden project I made a couple of weeks ago. I am calling it Mother & Child. I have installed it in our back yard beside my bottle tree. It looks like they are emerging from the trees, either coming back from a walk, or after having played on the tree fort or tire swing.
I hope you like it.
If you want to make one of your own, here's how I made mine.
I found a louvered closet door at Habitat for Humanity's Restore and a window shutter. I cut the closet door in half for the mother.
I laid my shutters on my workbench and started pulling out things I thought might work for arms. I decided to cut a rocker (from an old rocking chair) in half for the child's arms. I tried several things for the Mother's arms but decided to use two pieces from an old barrel. They had a slight curve to them and gave her a rustic earthy feel. (I am a recycler and use whatever I can find to make things out of) I then decided on how I wanted the arms to look once done so I could cut the pieces and attach.
This is the position I decided on for the Child. I marked the angle on the arms shown below on the left and cut it on the mitre saw.
I wanted the other arm to go straight out to meet the Mother's hand so I used a metal bracket on the back of the arm and shutter to attach them.
I attached the other arm with a screw into the shoulder of the shutter as shown below.
I found something for the head that I thought fit proportionately. I used a tin and bent it slightly at the bottom so it would snug up to the shutter, and drilled a small hole to attach it to the shutter body.
I found this candle holder at the thrift store a couple weeks ago, and I used bolt cutters to cut it into two pieces. One for the Child, and one for the Mother.
After painting them, I drilled a small hole (size of the metal piece) in each of their "hands" and glued the flowers in.
I spray painted the flowers pink and glued colorful buttons in the center of each flower to give them more color.
I added rebar legs so the shutters don't sit on the ground and wick moisture. I chose a drill bit the size of my legs and drilled holes into the bottom of the shutter. I used a marker to mark how far I had drilled into the shutter, and marked my drill bit. I then transferred that mark onto my rebar so I knew how far to tap it in. Then I gently tapped the rebar into the shutter with a hammer.
I drilled a hole into the silver plated platter I used for the Mother's head and screwed it onto the front of her shutter body.
Once done, I coated both with several coats of polyurethane sealer. I will reapply sealer at least once a year, or more often if I see they are weathering.
I hope if you decide to create one of your own that you let me know if I gave you enough instructions, and please share your pictures.