I know I’m not the only one that gets crafty this time of year, and I’m having a blast! From snowmen and skates to wreaths and tree toppers…sing with me, “Oh what fun is to craft the repurposed Christmas season away…hey!” sorry, got carried away…ahem.
Most often what I craft for is my shop, so it’s fun to think about who might purchase my creation and it truly amazes me that it will become part of their home in some part of the world.
Here’s what I’ve been up to. I found two pairs of vintage ice skates at a garage sale over the summer and I gotta tell you I have a weakness when I see old skates. I was born on a farm that had a pond and we would ice skate each winter, mind you I was too little so I used my boots, but there are memories to be cherished and these ice skates bring back memories.
Using some leftover thrifted sweater scraps from making my family stockings a couple of years ago, I took the sleeve cuffs to use them as “socks” in the ice skates.
I found a nice faux evergreen wreath while thrifting and wanted to tear it apart to make greenery in the skates. It was so perfect that when I tore apart the wreath, I had just enough greenery to fill each skate. I love it when things work out like that.
When I sit down to my crafting table, here is what I see. Some rusty metal, antique horse bits, old pulleys, antique barn beam pegs, feed sack scraps, and some owls.
What would you make with that? Here’s what I did.
The minute you pour in your ingredients, you can instantly see rust. I’m rusting jingle bells in this picture, but have done all sorts of odd and ends with rustified success.
MORE RUSTY FUN
To make these…
There are two of these available in my shop, but I think I’m going to keep one. Fair enough?
MY GIFT TO YOU
Now, my Christmas gift to you is a FREE Printable (see below) that I created some years ago and we hang it every year to remind us of the meaning behind the season.
The banner image is on a white background for those who would like that choice, but I printed mine on a vanilla colored cardstock, and cut out with scalloped scissors. Then, just hole punch the corners and thread a piece of twin through for hanging.
To add more aged appeal, I used a cotton ball with a dark brown ink pad to lightly dab the edges, like I did for my faux cotton stems.
Many blessings to you this holiday season and may you have the best Christ-centered Christmas this year!
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Stacy&Eric Anastasia Vintage says
I’ve been trying to choose a favorite amongst the crafts you’ve made, but I really can’t! Absolutely lovely job, as usual 🙂
Marie Blackburn says
Larissa you’re amazing! I love both the green and red skates equally. I’ve pinned your recipe to rust things because those sleigh bells have so much more character rusted. The feathered friends tree toppers are Adorable.
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Joyce - Quilted Nest says
I love, love to see upcycled craft projects. thanks for sharing. And I’m amazing how cute that leftover thin piece of wreath is with the rusty bells added in there. Love your creativity! And thanks for Keeping Jesus the Reason for your Christmas.
~Lavender Dreamer~ says
How amazing are all your creations! I have a pair of the white skates and love them. Merry Christmas!
I love the rusty stuff! Everything is so pretty! I’m totally inspired!
You are a kindred spirit, Vanessa! 😀 Thank you!