Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Really Thankful

Things are crazy busy here with family and the holiday but I want you to know that I care about you. I hope you don't mind a little re-post from last year. It's a quick little craft that you can make for Thanksgiving or modify it for Christmas.

I thought it might be fun to make a little sign of the season, a visual reminder of what we need to be thinking. I started with little manilla tags and then added strips of fall colored scrapbook paper to the bottom. I wanted an aged look, so I took out my craft stain and rubbed it around the edges. (You professional scrapbookers would have probably used a different product.) When I was finished, I didn't really like the look. Luckily, the stain is water based so I gently rubbed a wet towel over the entire tag to even out the stain. Now I had the aged look I was after. You could probably achieve this same look by staining the tags with tea or coffee, if you have it.
(The left side is the "after" look)
I added some self adhesive scrapbook letters. I couldn't find any in black, so I bought some blue ones and spray painted them before taking them off the page. At this point, I could have used ribbon to string all the tags together to make a cute banner, but I had other plans.
I cut a piece of 6" wide wood and a piece of trim molding to the length I needed. I painted the wood black and the trim red. Once dry, I did a second coat of the opposite colors. Then I sanded both pieces to reveal the original paint. I glued the trim molding onto the wood and then used painters tape to make a straight edge for placing the tags. I adhered the tags using spray adhesive. For the final touch I nailed furniture tacks into the tag holes.
The finished sign looks like this:

18 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very cute, Joy! I was thinking nails or tacks to add to the tags on the wood. This is a great idea for all those little pieces of scrapbook paper that I really hate to throw out.

Miss Obara said...

I love that paint treatment. Thinking that I may try it...

Suzann @ The Olive Cottage said...

Holy Smokes that's cute.

Rochelle said...

Such a creative idea....love it!
:) Rochelle

weston'smommy said...

Joy I need your help and opinion. I have these kitchen cabinets and then all the railings in my house are oak. I hate oak. I want to stain them or paint them (nervous to paint them) what is the latest thing to do what would look the best? When I thought of a facelift I immediately thought of you. please e-mail me if you don't mind www.spaceylace4@juno.com

Crafty Mamma said...

I love the sign. The red and black is how I'm thinking of painting my desk and hutch that I just got. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

lorchick @ ON{thelaundry}LINE said...

Joy - thanks again for the tip you gave me ages back on where to find the white plastic 'candles' for chandeliers... I painted my ugly brass chandy a hot pink today and a quick trip to Home Depot and it will be hanging happily in her room! I credited you with a link in my preview/reveal post about it today. :)

Sandra said...

So cute and easy...my mind is spinning with possibilities now. Thanks for sharing.

jenjen said...

I must have missed that last year -- adorable!

XOXO
Jen

LuLu said...

great idea,
LuLu

k said...

That is adorable! You must be the most patient woman on the earth if you could stand to spray paint the letters! ;0)

Your blog is full of inspiration! Thanks so much for the time it takes you to do it. I know blogging is time consuming! Happy Holidays!

P.S. The mantle you are making for the fireplace is GORGEOUS! I can't wait for the "after" photos!

Sandy Toes @ Shell in your Pocket said...

very cute and fun~
sandy toe

Blue Creek Home said...

This is such a cute idea. I love it!
Rhonda

Valerie said...

I love it! I have got to get a sander one of these days.

Sandy said...

Happy Thanksgiving Joy. Your Post has given me some inspiration for Thursday's table. Thanks so much! You are so talented!

Cindy said...

Great project! Love the aged effect and the red and black together. I'm a new-ish follower and have enjoyed your past posts :) Fun blog full of inspiration!

Darlene said...

Morning Joy,

I remember those great tags. Just wanted to stop by and wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving.♥

{ L } said...

This is awesome!! I simply love it. Great job.

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