January 21, 2013

Rustic, Recycled...beautiful

I have some large crates that are taken apart in our garage.
My hubby brings them home for the kids to build forts and for my random projects.
I love this simple saying (and the movie).
This is what I started with:


I used a crowbar and hammer to detach the 4x4's.
(saving them for something else)
Taking all the nails out would've taken me a long time so I just left them there and hammered them as flat as I could. (just have to be super careful)
I rubbed it down with dark walnut wood stain and an old t-shirt.
I used some standard stencils to spell out  LiFE iS... BEAUTIFUL.
The wreath is attached with ribbon and a thumb tack.
It sits on our piano.
(there is a mirror behind it because I don't have another place for it right now)
If you were wondering how these embellished candles would burn....here is a picture.
The mod podge and tissue doesn't melt or burn - it looks sheer and pretty when lit.
(I never leave them unattended)
Life is Beautiful...(if you choose to see it that way).
You can make rustic art out of pretty much anything...if you like that sort of thing.


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40 comments :

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

love rustic and recycled.... and life surely is beautiful!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

we need these daily reminders, and love the perfect rustic weathered look!

Lynn Fern said...

I ditto Cassie's comment!! Love it.

Mary said...

Holly, that project turned out great... Love it...

Shannon said...

It turned out perfect! Love the rustic look to it.

Kristi said...

LOVE this! I have some pallets outside and you have me wanting to do this NOW with them :) Thanks for sharing!
Kristi

reFresh reStyle said...

I love it Holly! I need some rustic love! Awesome piece.
Debbie

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

This IS beautiful--love the rustic wood and and simplicity of it!

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

Gorgeous! I love this vignette on the piano. So pretty and serene. Love the saying and the movie too! I DID always wonder how the sheet music embellished candles did melt down. They look pretty. I really need to do that!!
Karen

Blondie's Journal said...

I love this, Holly! You are incredibly talented and creative! It's rustic, beautiful and perfect!

XO,
Jane

Blondie's Journal said...

I love this, Holly! You are incredibly talented and creative! It's rustic, beautiful and perfect!

XO,
Jane

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Awesome project Holly, love it!!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Great sign, Holly. Love that rustic beauty.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a beautiful and creative trash to treasure creation. Love it!

NanaDiana said...

BEAUTIFUL indeed, Holly~ xo Diana

craftyles said...

It is beautiful. Great job on that pretty sign. I also love those candles and will be trying something similar.

Olive said...

Your rustic sign is charming. The wreath is too.

Diane said...

Life is indeed beautiful and so is your rustic art sign!

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

I just love everything you do, Holly! This is no exception. Love everything you added to this rustic piece.

~Shanon

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Love it!

wendy said...

Gosh, I really like that. Right up my "style-alley"

Kerry@homecrushblog.com said...

Sooo pretty! I really love this!

Marina Pérez said...

REALLY BEAUTIFUL!

MARINA

chateau chic said...

Your rustic sign is fabulous!!
Mary Alice

Cynthia said...

Love the sign and the wreath is great with it. Great job.

Cynthia

Kelly said...

You have a knack for taking something ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary! Love how that looks. I really like the candles too. They look so pretty with the pages wrapped around them.

Debbiedoo's said...

You go girl! I adore this project, it is awesome!

pink*cherub*moon said...

This is so neat! Love it! Also adore the little box with the embellished candles in it! Very nice vignette! Bet it makes the room so inviting and comfy! Hugs, Leena

Julia Terpstra said...

I do choose to live my life that way... because LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL! I think one of the reasons that we all love to come here and see what you do and hear what you have to say is because you live this saying out beautifully. Make it a beautiful day! xoxo jules

Katarina said...

I love that movie! It's one of my favorites.
The sign is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L! :-)

Pamela said...

Love this Holly!

Carol said...

That looks amazing and what a wonderful reminder -- love it!

Sassy Southern Lady said...

Cute idea and I like that it involves recycled material.

~ Liz ~ said...

Nice work. It's a rustic hit!
Liz

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

LOVE this piece!! It is so pretty with all it's rustic goodness! The candles are really pretty too!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I agree...you can make rustic art out of anything.
...and I do. (like that sort of thing)

I have always been curious about the embellished candles and how well they burn.
thanks for showing us!
Pat

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

Rustic AND pretty-just love it!

Jeanette @ Creating A Life

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Oh Holly, this is so... well, beautiful! :) I had to share it all over the land! Thanks for linking it up!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151371068386141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&type=1&theater

p.s. LOVE your nail trick!!

Petticoat Junktion said...

Love the sign, visiting from Love that Junk

wayne brown said...

I am going to post some pictures of your messy bedroom when you were young and living at home. It is scary. Yes you have came a long ways Holly. LOVE, Dad

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