Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Scrap Wood Patriotic Star Wreath

While we were building our log cabin, I saved ten small scrap pieces of wood from the burn pile and two years later I have turned them into stars!


I made two identical star wreaths. Each star used five pieces of the wood scraps. I arranged them into a star and glued the pieces together.



Then I brushed a vinegar solution onto them to age the wood. (let rusty metal sit in  vinegar overnight to make this solution)


Once the stars dried for a little while in the sun today I attached red and blue pip berries, along with a burlap bow and an american flag with floral wire.



That's it. All done. I hung one on the front door of our cabin and the other one is for sale in my Etsy shop.



Every time we burned scrap wood while building I cringed. I had plans for all of it, however, my husband kept reminding me that as long as we were building there would be more scraps.

Don't you just love making a project from trash!

'til next time,
Adina


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19 comments:

  1. Love it! This would be great for Christmas too. Pinning!

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  2. This is so pretty! I love the simplicity! We will be featuring this on our Patriotic Round-Up today!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  3. I love all your 4th of July decorations. And yes, I love making things from scrap wood, too. Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July and are enjoying your summer.

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  4. How long where the slats you used?

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  5. Hi Susan - the slats of wood are 14 inches long.

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  6. What is your "vinegar solution"?

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    1. Hi Melanie, the solution I use to weather wood is white vinegar and a small piece of rusty metal. Just drop the piece of metal into a gallon of vinegar and let it sit overnight. A couple rusty nails or maybe rusty steel wool will work. You don't need a lot of metal. The next day the vinegar should look kind of milky with a rusty tiny. Just paint this solution onto your wood. It affects all wood a little differently. Try it on a scrap piece first. I hope this helps.

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  7. Hi Adina,
    I think this is such an interesting switch from the traditional front door wreath and I will sure remember the aging wood vinegar paint tip. Thank you.

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  8. This is just beautiful! Love the rustic simplicity.

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  9. Love this! We shared this on our blog today.

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  10. Where do you find red-white and blue pip berries?

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    1. Hi Candis, I happened to have a strand of red pip berries and another one that had blue and white ones, so I just took some from what I already had on hand. I have seen them in home decor shops that sell primitive decor and you can also find them online. Here's a link to an online shop that carries some:
      http://factorydirectcraft.com/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=red+white+blue+pip+berries
      Hope this helps.
      Adina

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  11. Super cute! Thanks for the tutorial Adina...will surely give this project a try! :)

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  12. Super cute! Thanks for the tutorial Adina...will surely give this project a try! :)

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  13. this is so incredibly beautiful! i’ve included this post on one of my “favorite things” wreath edition posts. thank you for sharing your talent!

    http://www.twofivethreeblog.com/2016/04/my-favorite-things-front-door.html

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