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Repurposed, reimagined (Crafty Tuesday) October 9, 2007

Filed under: Crafting,Gifting — LotusMama @ 9:49 pm

It is too easy when you have discretionary income to run out and buy whatever you need to complete a craft or decorating project. But what do you do when you are strapped for cash? Take a hard look at the…stuff that is collecting dust. Reimagine it and it becomes something wonderful (at least to you, anyway). The collage pictured here came from remnants in my far-too-cluttered office space. I wanted to make my sister a wall hanging with Halloween flavor. I had some ideas, all requiring purchases at the craft stores, but my wallet said no. So, I dug deep into my cupboards and cardboard boxes and found the parts to make this piece. I think it is pretty darn nifty and I hope she will too. The how-to information is listed below.

The text and photos were all generated using Adobe and Microsoft Publisher (Quotes from MacBeth, Practical Magic and a guide to teareading). I crumpled, burned, tore and tea-stained the paper to give it character. I added silk leaves and sprigs of thyme from my garden for some depth. One of my vintage Halloween cards adds some nostalgia and I finished it off with little glue puddles covered in tea leaves and Kosher salt. Some leftover gift ribbon makes a nice hanger and the frame was rescued from a box destined for Goodwill.This gift cost me nada and was fun to put together on the cheap. Give repurposing a try, you might find it a good way to clean out your closets.


2 Responses to “Repurposed, reimagined (Crafty Tuesday)”

  1. Orange Blossom Goddess (aka Heather) Says:

    Kimberly Ann, Thank you for commenting over at Orange Blossom Goddess. I read your first post and I am in complete agreement about house vs home! I’ve added you to my links – thanks for finding me! Heather

  2. Lorraine Says:

    Clever, clever girl. I’ve tried that sort of thing but I don’t really have a strong crafty gene…always looks better in my head than in reality.

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