You can take old cardboard boxes and turn them into this fabulous metallic gold arrow in 15 minutes or less! Follow along below for the instructions. This is part of a series of 15 minute recycled crafts for Craft Lightning. Be sure to check out the ideas from day 1, day 2, and day 3 if you missed them. There are also tons more ideas at the bottom of this post so be sure to read all the way to the bottom.
I filled in the “stencil” areas (or where the breaks in my letter were) by hand. I threaded my needle with white embroidery thread. I was inspired to create a piece of art that was a combination of paint and embroidery by a fabulous book from Lark crafts called Doodle Stitching: Embroidery and Beyond. There are some fabulous ideas in the book and I just wanted to break out my needle and get to stitching!
I used the thread to stitch all the way around my letter. I then wrapped the Styrofoam block like a present and used hot glue to secure.
I wrapped the block in green ric rac and yet again used hot glue to secure. A simple loop hot glued to the back is all you need to hang. Because this piece is made from wrapped Styrofoam it is super light.
I am calling this portion of the gallery wall done….what do you think of my monogram wall art?
Some products were given to me by companies to use in my crafting. All opinions and projects are my own.
Lets get this straight right now. We have more rustic wood on our farm than I could probably fit in my house. I posted the picture below on Instagram asking for ideas for these tobacco sticks. They are old, worn wood that look amazing. That natural beauty and patina just sitting in a pile waiting for a project. But what project?
The ideas posted on my Instagram picture really got my wheels to churning. I came up with the idea for a rustic arrow and I could not shake it. I had to make a rustic wood arrow….had to. I broke out my Styrofoam and made some templates from paper.
I used an electric Styro-cutter given to me as part of the Craft Test Dummies team to cut the arrow shapes as per my templates.
I then glued together my Styrofoam pieces using toothpicks inside to help secure together.
I painted my entire arrow using a dark brown paint. I knew that there would be gaps in the rustic wood and I didn’t want white Styrofoam to show through those gaps.
I then grabbed a saw, some tobacco sticks, and a whole lot of patience. This project was sort of like a jigsaw puzzle where the pieces did’t exactly all match up. I wrapped my entire Styrofoam form with wood first then used tobacco sticks to fill in the front portion.
I used the natural shape of the worn wood to work my “puzzle”.
I literally just used LOADS of hot glue to secure my pieces to the Styrofoam. Seriously there are quite a few glue sticks in this one. After I got the project to this point, I flipped it over and used even more glue on the Styrofoam seams on the back.
I used my arrow standing up in front of one of the gallery walls in my foyer.
This is a great way to add a rustic touch to any space. My rustic wood arrow is the star of my entryway. Now off to figure out more things to do with those tobacco sticks. What would you make with them?
I ran the baker’s twine between the frame and the dotted paper. I then secured this with glue and cut off the baker’s twine.
Of course the state love art that I made yesterday was added in. It can live in your home well past Valentine’s Day but it does make a wonderful piece of “love” art.
My middle daughter made this paper mache bowl in art several years ago. I usually pull it out and display it for Valentine’s. I added some scrabble letters to it this year.
The two pieces of mail are true vintage pieces picked up at Bella Rustica this year. Along with a couple of skeleton keys that I scored on Top Hatter.
I pulled in a piece of aqua vintage Pyrex and filled it with wooden thread spools. I laid the ones that still have aqua or pink thread on the top.
Those pink heart picks actually came from the Dollar Tree. They are perfect tucked into an aqua mason jar.
I made the rustic heart sign last year from barnwood. I used the “X” and “O” to cover up the bottom this year. Along with the stuffed owl that I got off etsy a while back.
I am in love (ha!) with this little vignette. It is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day without decorating my entire home. It almost makes me wish I could decorate my entire home…almost…
- printout of the outline of your state
- printout of a small heart to fit inside
- bold print fabric
- white burlap
- white fabric for backing
- craft knife
- Mod Podge
Cut the state outline and heart from the paper. Then use your craft knife and paper template to cut the same shape from your fabric.
In the meantime, if your frame is not the color you like paint and allow to dry. Mine took a couple of coats of white.
I used the cardboard that was already in the frame. I applied two layers of white fabric onto the cardboard with Mod Podge. This will ensure that your cardboard will not peek through your burlap. I used my Mod Podge roller to smooth my pieces of fabric.
Add your burlap to the top of the cardboard. I just used hot glue to secure the edges. Put the burlap covered piece into your frame and center your state. Use hot glue to hold your state into place as well.
- Wire wreath form
(mine came from Consumer Crafts)
- Pinecones (I got some plain ones from my yard and some white tipped ones from Consumer Crafts)
- Spanish moss (had on hand)
- hot glue
- clay (I used air dry)
- Metal coat hangers
- Aluminum Foil
- Paint in various colors
I cut the coat hangers and shaped them into three different “antler like” shapes.
I then covered my shapes with aluminum foil making sure the tips are pointed and the end is not.
I then covered the shapes in air dry clay until I was happy with the results. Again making the tips pointed and the end not. I took an old paint brush and stippled the ends and a few places along each antler.
When all three were done I left them to completely dry for over 24 hours.
I really thought I might have a craft fail after this. They cracked y’all. I was upset but forged on. I took a little water on my hands and smoothed each antler out. The one on the left below has been smoothed and the one on the right has not been. It worked! I had to do this twice for each antler letting it dry in between. I did have a few small cracks after that but the paint worked to fill those in. Also notice that my wire came out of the bottom of one. You can just snip that off with some side cutters.
Now for paint! I am not an artist y’all. I just pulled up the Pottery Barn picture on my computer, broke out a few shades of white and brown, and experimented. Don’t be afraid. Just break out your brush and get started! The worst that can happen is that you paint over it and start over. I played around until I was happy with the results. Are they perfect? Nope. But they are pretty!
Now for the wreath. I made mine inside of a box cause this gets messy!
Cover the form loosely with spanish moss and LOTS of hot glue. You can see that not all areas got covered but that is okay.
I then took a few plain pine cones from the yard and used hot glue to adhere them to the form randomly.
I then took my white tipped pine cones and filled in around the wreath until I was happy with the result. Again adhering with hot glue.
Then take your painted and dry antlers and just tie them onto the wreath with twine.
This one is ready to hang on your door to invite in all of your fall guests!
This one would also be awesome with a red bow for Christmas. Seriously this may be my favorite wreath ever!
A word of caution — your antlers are NOT made to get wet. I have mine on a door that is protected by a glass storm door. Please do not hang outside or your antlers may melt away.
I hope y’all have enjoyed this wreath as much as I have and will make your own! This one would be good for fall, Christmas, winter, really any season!
My materials were supplied by Consumer Crafts but all projects and opinions are my own.
Keep wrapping and wrapping and wrapping. Be sure to put your twine tight as you wrap so you don’t get any gaps. Using lots of Mod Podge worked best because the surface is bumpy and can be hard to work the twine around. Push your twine down next to the row before it as you work your way up.
On the smaller pumpkins, I actually left the stem alone. The end of the twine can be tucked under the stem on this end. I really liked the natural appearance of the stem on these.
The larger pumpkin got a green baker’s twine stem as well as the orange on the body. The larger pumpkins especially take a while. Pop in a movie before you start on this project.
Within the span of a movie, I had a large pumpkin and five smaller ones. Enough to add to this display and make a very cute baker’s twine touch to my fall decor. I think it was well worth it, don’t you?
Intimidated? Don’t be! Start with a small mini pumpkin and some Mod Podge. Wrap the small ones until you get the hang of it. Then you can dive head first into a large pumpkin. One large roll of baker’s twine will easily do a large pumpkin so don’t worry about running out.
The rest of the items on my fall display include:
Add these to your home for fall and to impress your Thanksgiving guests. They will be amazed at your little creations!
I figured I couldn’t make it WORSE. So I went for it. I spray painted the entire thing gray. Just regular old Krylon I had on hand….nothing special about it. Then I wanted stripes. My extra fancy method for making stripes?? Oh yes…cardboard…
I just made various widths in white and an antique brass metallic. All colors I had on hand. No rhyme or reason to the width of my stripes at all. I was loving it after the first few stripes so I kept going.
I gathered up my stamps and scrapbook paper. The paper is fromWeekend Market Collection by Bo Bunny.
The labels came out of sheets like the following one…swoon worthy I am telling you.