I had challenged myself to spend minimally on my supplies, and I really feel like I accomplished that!
My cost of supplies was right around $30… and I made about $280.
It certainly cost me a lot of TIME, but as far as money out of my pocket, I’m satisfied.
One way I was able to accomplish that was by using things that would otherwise have been thrown out.
And though I wouldn’t consider myself an environmentalist, I am excited to keep things out of the landfill and give it a new purpose.
One of the things we used to make things for the Fair was a big box of old C9 Christmas lights that I found at the Share Shop that I’ve told you about before. (So they were FREE!) We brought them home without knowing what we were going to do with them. My sister came for a weekend visit, and we started messing around with them and came up with some good ideas. The lights didn’t work, so we unscrewed them all from their wires.
I had also found an ugly wreath or two at the Share Shop that I figured I could use the wreath forms in them for something… sooooo… my sister created this pretty awesome wreath with some wire and hot glue.
A woman bought this wreath for $40! And, the only cost to me was the wire (less than a dollar) and some hot glue (which I already had)…. and of course my sister’s time.
For another project I used a couple of old boards that we had on our patio from an old table. They were kind of in rough shape, but that’s exactly what I wanted.
So, my handy husband sanded the varnish off of the board with his sander, and I printed up what I wanted to paint on the board.
This method takes some time, but I really thought it was worth it in the end.
Once you scribble on the back of your image, center it on your board where you want to it and outline it. Be sure to press hard to transfer it to the wood. It’s probably not a good idea to peek too much or your paper will shift. I went back over it lightly to be sure I could see it.
Once that was done, I started painting it! I just used plain old acrylic paint that I already had.
After the paint was dry, I went over the whole board with stain (Dark Walnut MinWax, to be exact) and then wiped it off. My goal with that was not to make it look dark, but to make it look old. and bring out the wood grain. After the stain dried (that took about 24 hours) my husband sprayed it with Polyurithane to finish it.
We had two of these boards, and I LOVED how the first one turned out, so I decided to paint the exact same thing on the second one.
I wasn’t the only one that liked them! Both of the signs sold at the Craft Fair!
Another 40 buckaroos in my [hypethetical] piggy bank with very little cost to me.
I think what I enjoyed most about the whole experience was making beautiful things out of broken things.
(Sounds pretty familiar, huh? Not to get all deep and spiritual on you, but it really is such an incredible thing that God does through Christ!)
I so enjoyed Jenna’s post about making a masterpiece, and especially appreciated Jo’s comment about the respect given to a piece of art makes us appreciate it more.
I hope these projects inspire you to create something with what’s sitting in your garage or at the curb!
Please share some of your ideas when you come across them!
I would LOVE to hear about them.