A Twist on Torn Paper
Following the latest trends can be easy and inexpensive. I like to add my own twist on a trend by taking something old or used and creating something new. In this case I used old tennis balls to make the red, white and blue home decor balls. Magazine pages torn into strips were layered onto the balls by brushing them with mod podge. Let dry overnight and display in your home or office. This was a fun project and only took a little over an hour to make from start to finish.
The fabric flowers and scrub pillow came about when I cleaned out my closet and found a pair of jeans and a red, white and blue scrub top that no longer fit. I thought why not reuse it somehow. Growing up in a large family and just tossing items out because they didn't fit or were old was not common. A simple pattern in a magazine inspired me to use the jean and scrub top material to make these one-of-a-kind flowers.
Red, White and Blue Scrub Tie Pillow
After seeing tie blankets at a holiday fair I decided to try to make a pillow from my scrub top. To make the pillow covering, first cut a large rectangle in the scrub on both the front and back, and lineup. Lay the front and back sides together and cut one inch slits on all four sides. Place the front of the scrub on the top of the pillow with print facing up and the back of the scrub underneath the pillow with the printed side of the fabric facing down. (I used a pillow I had on hand for the stuffing.) Then tie it all the way around the pillow. This scrub top snaps in the front making it easy to remove the pillow when you want to toss it in the wash. Viola, you now have a colorful pillow for your home decor without sewing a stitch!
Magazine Rack Redo
I found this two dollar beauty at the local Salvation Army store. It was painted an off white, dirty and scuffed up. I looked past the paint, dirt and marks and saw the potential for another interesting collage project. It’s fun to cut, layer, glue and arrange a pile of pictures thereby transforming an object into something totally new. To finish the piece off I used acrylic paint to trim the edges in red and blue. This two dollar find went from Blah to Aha after getting a make-over!
Blue & White Cabinet Collage
This small cabinet was found at the local Salvation Army store for less than ten dollars. The top of it was scratched and the piece cried out for an over haul. So I painted it an off white with a country blue trim. A wash of blue paint was done over the entire piece except for the top. The collage of blue and white magazine pictures was added last using mod podge. Every now and then I add painted details to the trim. I consider this a work in progress that may never be totally finished.
Blue Jean Tool Holders
How to turn an old platter into a hanging supply and tool holder? First I cut the pockets and loops off of several pairs of old jeans. Then I arranged and hot glued them to the platter making sure to fold fabric over the edge of the platter. Once the front was finished I attached a jean loop to the back with hot glue. I hung it up after several hours giving the glue a chance to set. Then I filled it with art supplies and tools. It doesn't get much simpler than that.
A glass jar with a cork top was covered with blue jean pockets and loops too using a glue gun. This handy jar keeps scissors within reach and the inside of the jar holds beads, shells, ribbons and other odds and ends.
These country hearts come in all different sizes and patterns. A wall paper sample book found at a garage sale was the inspiration for this piece. The red and blue checked prints were perfect for what I had in mind. One large heart was cut out and traced onto the wall paper to make the other hearts. The smaller hearts were done the same way. The finished heart collage print was placed in a white picture frame hand painted red and blue.
Blue & White Fabric Fun
A sleeveless blue and white checked summer blouse was the fabric used for these home decor balls. To make them I cut approximately half inch strips, wrapped them around each ball hot gluing the cloth as I went. I left the seams and buttons on the fabric for a touch of fun. The hem of the blouse was used to make the ties. I currently have them hanging on a wooden cabinet filled with red, white and blue dishes and collectibles.
Lamp Tie or Necklace?
Is this a piece to drape over the edge of a photograph, a tie on a special lamp or to be worn as a necklace? Sometimes I'm even surprised how projects I make end up being used.
To make this red, white, blue and gold piece I found the perfect mix of beads tucked away in a box. The delicate white crocheted flowers were found on the hem of a sweater found at Salvation Army. Individual flowers were cut off the hem and stitched together, and the beads were hand sewn along with the red ribbon to the white flowers.
Sparkle Star Wreath
This star wreath was pulled out of a free box at a garage sale a few years ago. Only half the stars still on it were barely attached and sadly faded. To begin fixing it I bought a few extra wooden stars at a local craft store. I then painted all of the stars using blue and red acrylic paint and hot glued them onto the wreath in layers. The red floral and icicle sprigs were added and hot glued onto the wreath. A spray of glitter over the entire piece was the finishing touch to this free box find.
Tranquil Blue & White Tray
This plain white tray with blue handles came from an Estee Lauder perfume gift set. I transformed it using the following supplies: the tray, a paint brush, mod podge and cut out pictures from magazines. This is an easy project to do and the possibilities are endless. You can stick to a theme like I did or totally mix it up with glued on objects, a variety of colors and textures. The only rule you need to follow is to HAVE FUN!
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© 2011 Laura Ross