Friday, May 1, 2009

Junk and Trinket Art

Please tell me you can tell what this knew it was a tree right? Here is another way I'm using up my stash and turning it into something a little more lovely to look at. :)

I saw this idea here and here. I did mine a little differently. Here are the original instructions.
This is what I did differently:
*I used fabric instead of watercolor paper. I ironed on some stiff interfacing on the back and then attached it to a thin piece of cardboard.
* I used wood and Elmer's glue instead of hot glue. (I thought I would make a mess w/ the hot glue on the fabric.) The glue part was a bit of a challenge-since the pieces are so small.
*I did not buy anything for this project-just used junk from around the house- mostly in my scrapbook crafting stash. I did try to use flat objects-as much as possible, although most were not totally flat, it still fit in a regular frame. I think using thin cardboard for backing helped.
*I spray painted the objects and the frame-it was an old brown frame to start with.
*I should have taken more digital photos of the piece as I went along. Below is it in progress-and I realized the finish product looks quite differently-oh well. :)

I think I will be making more of these- for the holidays...heart for V-day, tree for C-mas, leaf for the fall, etc. I also think this would be a really fun thing to do with kids- older kids of course- as an"I SPY" or something- of course for kids I would do this differently, but it got me thinking about some ideas in that department. :) What do you think??


Cami said...

I think that's really cute. I like the print in the back. Adds a nice color touch.

Jo-Anne said...

I remember making these sort of things with my great-aunt Afton. We would go on a shopping spree to the DI and buy all sorts of costume jewelery to make it with. It was always in the shape of a tree....
This is so fun!!! LOVE it!

rebecca said...

That is AWESOME!!! I can't wait to live closer to you and come over for a craft day:)

TrishAnderson said...

I don't have cool trinkets like you do sitting around to do something like this, but I love what you came up with.

Michelle said...

Of course it's a tree -- an absolutely wonderful one!

Jane said...

I *love* this! I have such a collection of bits and bobs that I hate to part with because I am a pack rat! There are so many I spy options with this. It would be darling in a child's room

Jane said...

Hi again!

I still love this and I was wondering if I could share it on my blog. I will link back to this post of course. I just love your blog and am amazed by how much crafting you get done with three little ones!