Thursday, June 26, 2014

33 Cent Decorative Display

Family Room wall with closet door w/ wreath that gets changed up a bit for each season,
33 cent display & old copper kettle used to store extra firewood in the winter.

After we finished making the pole bean teepees for the garden, we had some scrap wood pieces that I decided would make a cute little frame to fill an empty wall space in the family room.  We had made a similar display last Fall for my daughter's room.

 There's only a few things on here now, but I have a few stashes of thrift finds to 
sort through and will most likely print a few pictures to attach as well.

We already had all of the supplies needed for construction~ wood scraps from the teepee, chicken wire from the pigeon pen, black spray paint found when we moved in, stain from a flooring project.  The only thing I needed to purchase were the sawtooth hangers for the back. At $1.99 for a 6 pack and only needing to use 2, I only spent 33 cents on the project.

 An old Bingo card

Construction was very simple & rustic.  My husband cut the pieces to size and nailed it together at the corners.  I didn't want the corners mitered.  I didn't sand the wood.  I didn't care if it was perfectly square or not.  I just wanted it simple, simple, simple.

 Vintage keys

Once the pieces were nailed together, I stained the frame and let it dry for a day or so.  We cut chicken wire to fit and spray painted it black.  Once the wood stain dried, we stapled the chicken wire to the back with an electric stapler and attached the sawtooth hangers to the top corners on the back.  Easy!

 Another Vintage Bingo Card~ I used mini binder clips (also in my stash) to hang the doo-dads with 

I think it turned out cute and fills this narrow wall space perfectly.  I can display family pictures & change it up depending on the season or holiday.  

 The rustic corner construction

Mini American Flag~ stick was pushed through the wire

As I mentioned above, we had made a similar display for our daughter's bedroom last Fall.  Hers is rustic as well, but finished a little differently.  The wood scraps & chicken wire were from the pigeon pen construction and I did have to buy a can of spray paint. 

 Ocean themed decor

I decided I wanted the display to be the same width as the dresser.  Once I had the measurement, I had my husband miter the corners and nail the pieces together.  Then we cut & attached chicken wire to the back with the electric stapler.  After that, I spray painted the entire display board with 2 or 3 coats of paint.  I didn't sand the wood, but it could easily be done if you want a nice smooth surface.  Once it was dry, I attached the postcards and hung it over our daughter's dresser.

 We collected ocean themed post cards while living in Hawaii.  
The photos were taken in waters off the islands.

 A close-up of the mitered corner
I used mini wooden clothes pins to attach the post cards

Her ocean decor- The seashell shadow boxes & picture frames were simple projects I made in Hawaii

I'm always trying to find ways to use up scraps from big projects and use whatever supplies I have on hand in my craft stash.  It's a bonus when I can spend very little money (pennies!) on home decor and have something attractive & useful as the end result.

Now go check out the scrap piles & clutter that you may have and create something!  

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