Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Crafting | Making a woven wreath

sisal rope wrapped around metal wreath frame
This week's project -- a DIY woven wreath -- has been on my to-do list for about a year and a half. 
wreath base
That's when I dragged this wire frame home from a garage sale. Actually when I dragged it home, it was green, but I forgot to take a "before" picture until after I had spray painted it tan. The reason I painted it? Because I was going to weave some rope around it, and I knew parts of the frame would end up exposed. 
woven wreath
The weaving process was pretty straightforward: I went over one wire and under the next, then wrapped around the inside (and outside) wire to start over again.
woven wreath
When I reached the end of the rope, I tucked it into the back of the wreath and glued it down to keep it in place. Then I started with a new piece, keeping the same over-under pattern going.
woven wreath
 Here's what it looked like when I had the entire wreath wrapped.
sisal rope wreath
 If you look closely, you can see the wire peeking out in some spots, but since it's the same color as the sisal rope, it's hardly noticeable.
Christmas bell ornaments
  Next, I hung a few metal bells from twisted pieces of twine. (I applied a little Mod Podge along the length of the twine to set the twists in place and keep them from unwinding.)   
rope wreath
 Then I attached the bells and a few trimmings from the bottom of our Christmas tree to the back of the wreath.
sisal wrapped wreath
 I also wired a couple of rusty jingle bells to the top of the evergreen branches ...
sisal wreath
 ... and wrapped an old leather strap around the top of the wreath as a hanger.
sisal rope wreath
After Christmas, I figure I will throw out the branches and pack the bells away, but the wreath itself can stay hanging up year round.
sisal Christmas wreath
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Salvaged wood | Lath log cabin quilt square

Here's what I made this week:
wooden log cabin quilt square
And here's what I made it out of:
salvaging lath
That would be the lath in the shower of our downstairs bathroom, which the husband had to tear out in order to attach cement backerboard to the studs, so we could tile the walls. 
salvaging lath for art piece
Sadly, this is what the lath looked like after the husband took his Sawzall and his pry bar to it. (Sigh.)
lath art
 After digging through the pile of rubble, I found nine longish pieces that weren't cracked that I figured I could still salvage. Butting the pieces up next to each other, side by side, they measured 13 inches across ...
framing a lath art piece
... which coincidentally was the same size as an old wooden wine box I had in my basement.
wine box cover
So instead of having to build a frame, all I had to do was pry the cover off the box. (Sometimes my hoarding tendencies pay off.)
lath art
I played around with a few different patterns. Ultimately I decided to go with a log cabin-style quilt square design -- mostly because it would be really easy to put together.
log cabin quilt square
 I just had to measure out the pieces ...
lath art
 ... and cut them with my jigsaw.
lath art
 I worked from the outside in ...
lath art
 ... and alternated the rows, using the front (natural wood) for one row and the back (white with plaster dust) for the next.
lath art
I tried to work as many of the nail holes and knots into the design as I could because I thought they added character. 
lath art
The square came together really quickly. . 
wooden log cabin quilt square
It took about 20 minutes to cut all the pieces and get them where I wanted them.
lath art
 Once all the pieces were trimmed, I decided I wanted the frame to be darker, so I stained the wine box cover with some Varathane American Walnut that I found in my basement.
lath art
After the stain dried, I glued the pieces into place and filled in the gaps with wood putty.
salvaged lath art piece
Ta-da.
wooden log cab quilt square
Not bad for a piece made for free in one afternoon.
wooden log cabin quilt square

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving | RoboTurkey 3000

I finished one more turkey assemblage just in time for Thanksgiving.
turkey assemblage
 When I first got the idea for this guy, I thought assembling the pieces would be quick and easy because most of the parts were going to attach to the hole in the center of the coffee basket that would become the turkey's body.
turkey made from metal parts
Unfortunately, it turned out to be a lot more difficult than I had originally envisioned. Holes had to be drilled out because they weren't quite large enough, pieces had to be forced into place because they didn't want to cooperate and, for a long time, the turkey just refused to stand upright. 
turkey made from metal partsI got him done, thanks to much help from my husband, who has mad turkey robot engineering skills and, when it comes to helping his wife with mechanical projects and power tools, the patience of a saint.
robot turkey parts
 Here's what I started with: a coffee filter basket, a bunch of old measuring spoons and two gold furniture feet.
making a turkey assemblage
 Step 1 was to slide a bolt through the hole in the tablespoon that would become the turkey's head ...making a turkey assemblage
 ... and then slide the bolt into the hole in the coffee basket.making a turkey assemblage
So far, so good.
making a turkey assemblage
Next, I laid out the rest of the measuring spoons in a fan shape, with the largest ones in the middle and the smallest ones on the ends ...
tail feathers for turkey assemblage
 .. and slid them onto the same bolt the head was attached to. I secured them in place with a nut.
measuring spoon tail feathers
 He was already starting to look like a turkey. 
adding feet to a metal turkey assemblage
 At that point, I pulled the measuring spoon tail feathers off so I could drill holes into the bottom of the coffee basket for the turkey's legs. 
making a turkey assemblage
 Then I put everything back together again.measuring spoon turkey tail feathers
In order to keep the turkey upright, I had to add a couple of additional tail feather spoons that rested on the ground like a kick stand (the husband's idea). 
beads and baubles for turkey's face
 Finally, I dug out a few beads and baubles to use as the turkey's facial features ...
turkey assemblage
... but when I had them glued on, I was underwhelmed. He felt a little blah. I wanted him to have more personality.
turkey asemblage
So I dug back into my stash of beads and baubles and tried again.
turkey assemblage
I was much happier with his new face.
metal turkey assemblageBehold: RoboTurkey 3000.
turkey assemblage
He joins Robot Turkey 2.0, who I made earlier in the week ... 
turkey assemblage
... and the original Robot Turkey that I made last year.

I still have lots of leftover turkey parts and lots of ideas, so I will probably continue to add to the flock next year, but I'm calling it done for now.

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