Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Painting with a Soda Bottle

Hello there! I hope you all had a great Memorial Day! We had a great weekend - got some planting done, hung out with family. We had a couple of nice days, but a little rain too.

I was horrified that it might rain on my proverbial parade. Every Spring I do the same thing. I'm shocked and surprised when there's a rainy day. It's as if I have seasonal amnesia. What? It's raining? Why is it raining?

(I also have allergy amnesia - Why is my nose running? Why do I have a headache? Am I sick?)

Yeah. I know. It's Spring. Spring means rain. Rain means a forced break from the yard work. Therefore, with the clouds forming, and my nose running, I came up with something to do inside that I thought I'd share with you. 

(Sorry about the pictures, I didn't have my camera and had to use my phone.)

Here it is:

Years ago, my grandfather made a frame to hold a cork board. He had it hanging in their cottage on the lake, pinned with photos of the family.  The original Pinterest.
He passed away years ago, and I've wanted to do something with the frame for EVER. It's kinda cool and chunky looking. I just couldn't decide on anything special enough to use it for. At one point I painted the cork part yellow, but nothing else really came to me.
Meanwhile I'd seen this idea on Pinterest and thought I could make something similar...

Because I was forced indoors, I decided to do someting for the frame, rather than wait for a better idea to come along.
So I cut out a square of burlap. (You know how to get a straight line when you cut burlap? You pull one the strings of burlap where you want your cut to be. The material will scrunch up, and when the string is pulled out, it leaves a perfectly straight line that you can then cut along.)
I then just pulled some of the strings along the edge to make a fray, like so:

Using the glue gun, I glued the square of burlap onto the cork board.
I drew a branch, while my two teenagers laughed at me for using my lil guy's paint brush. (You can see it below - the kind that comes with a coloring book.)

For the flowers, I used an empty soda bottle - right up off of my elder son's bedroom floor.
Yeah, we're classy.
Just dip and press.

 And there you have it. Wall art from an old frame, a kids paint brush, and an empty soda bottle.

I like it. And I'm happy I'm able to use my grandfather's frame. 

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Gina's Craft Corner said...

I think this is great! I just purchased some paint today to try painting for the first time on fabric. This will look great, and my girls will love that they are 'recycling'. ;)

Unknown said...

Hi Gina, thanks you for stopping by! I hope your girls like painting with a soda bottle - totally a kid friendly project (even if mine were only involved by making fun of me!).

Sweet Parrish Place said...

I love that, great idea!

Jane B. said...

What a fun project and I'm always looking for affordable art. Thanks for linking up to Frugalicious Friday too!

Unknown said...

I've seen this tutorial before, your's turned out great! I've enjoyed looking through your blog. Check out Sunshine PenPals and join the fun, we'd love to have you!

Elise Engh said...

This is so pretty! I love blossoms! PS.. I hope your allergies are better :)

Huckleberry Love said...

What a fun idea! It turned out perfect! And I love that you are able to use your grandpa's frame, too! :)

We'd love for you to share this at Much Ado About Monday, if you get a chance! http://www.huckleberrylove.com/2013/05/much-ado-about-monday-no-11.html


Gina's Craft Corner said...

Hi, Julia! Well, I just used this technique for my latest project. I'm going to link your page and tell people where I got the idea. I have not wrote the post yet, but should be up by the afternoon.

Thanks again! (I'm going to pin this)
~Gina from Gina's Craft Corner

Unknown said...

Gina, that's great! I can't wait to see what you did!

Stampin' VMG206 said...

What a fun idea! I haven't seen this technique before. I like how the flowers came out ~ cute.
I'm visiting you today from Trendy Treehouse. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesday (open thru Sat) and I'd love for you to link up! I hope you get a chance to stop by, link up and leave a comment, too!
~ Megin of VMG206
Join me each Tuesday for Brag About It Link Up Party

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Anonymous said...

Fun idea and great tutorial!

Just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for linking up to the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Tuesday Link and Hop.

Hope to see you next week!
BeBetsy Link and Hop

The best to you,
Sharon and Denise

Jamie @ Huckleberry Love said...

This is so creative and so pretty!!
Thanks so much for linking up to Much Ado About Monday. We can't wait to see what you have in store for us next week!!

Have a great weekend,

Huckleberry Love said...

Hi Julia,

Just wanted to pop in and let you know that I loved this project so much that it's being featured today at Huckleberry Love! Please stop on by and grab our featured button when you have a minute. We hope to see you back next week for Much Ado About Monday! :-)

Have a great weekend!


Unknown said...

Thank you everyone! And thank you Emily! I'm very excited to be featured!

Have a great weekend all!

Krystie said...

Love your framed art! Looks great hanging up!

Unknown said...

Thank you Krystie!

Donna Wilkes said...

So simple and clever - great way to preserve your grandfather's memory.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

This looks like so much fun! Cute picture and great idea! Thanks for sharing with Diann and I at TTF!


Christine said...

So pretty!! It's awesome that you got to use the frame!!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality last week! Looking forward to partying with you again tomorrow evening!

Stacey said...

Cool idea. Never would have thought to try that!
Thanks for sharing!

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

awesome idea and wow...the kids would love this one for sure!!! tfs! hugs...