Let me kick things off.
How often do we get a box in the mail and it’s full of “stuff” we don’t need? This is what I frequently get –
In those two boxes were pieces to a table that were shipped to us for refinishing. Once I unpacked everything this is what I was left with:
There was also a stack of the packing paper like I showed you up top. Rather than throwing all this stuff into the dumpster and sending it to the landfill I brought home the brown paper, listed everything else on Craigslist Free and within 15 minutes had a very happy woman who was moving soon come pick it all up. SCORE!
Once I got home I had “help” –
That brown paper comes on a roll and is perforated every 9″. I tore each piece apart, tore that in half and had a pile of squares approximately 9″ x 9″. I twisted each one into a rose shape of sorts and then started inserting them into the same skirt form made from chicken wire that I used for my Magnolia and Leaf dresses.
The biggest construction lesson you can take from this is don’t obsess over folds and shape! There are over SIX HUNDRED flowers on this frame. I made each flower in less than 20 seconds while watching TV.
The bodice is made from a paper grocery bag. I actually just ripped the pieces in the same shapes as if I’d cut them out of fabric. I glued them together and used a pen to draw on the stitching lines. In all seriousness I could take the top off the mannequin and put them on a cotton corset and wear it. I just might 😉
Because, for a variety of reasons, I had no Christmas tree this year THIS became my tree. I pulled out two strings of lights and thought I was being clever by first inserting the lights from the inside of the skirt outward. Ha!
Just to make sure I put the second strand on the outside and just tucked the wires into the petals and got what I wanted. To top it all off I pulled out some plastic ornaments (cats, you know) so that it would be more festive.
The necklace are actual pine “blossoms” that dropped from a tree across the street.
This entire project cost me three glue sticks. Nothing else was purchased, all other items were recycled. I barely missed having a tree and now I have something pretty that I can change out all year long!
So what say you? Join me this year, make something out of recycled stuff and share it with me! I’ll even sweeten the pot with giveaways to entice you ALL to do something ‘out of the box’ 🙂