Chalk Liner Wreath

August 3rd, 2009 in blog, projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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Here is my rendition of a delightful little wood nymph for my front door. Thanks Geo for a wonderful piece of juink!
The goods for hanging the living wreath. A vintage and now empty chalk liner, a nut, a 6 inch threaded eye bolt, and Gorilla Epoxy. Always keep have fun note in plain view while assembling junk projects.
See those tiny little holes? This is how the chalk is dispersed on to the playing field. Caution! Do not sin, oops I meant spin at home unless empty!
Dispense and mix Gorilla Epoxy in a disposable container. You will know the epoxy is ready when the conncoction is cloudy.
Apply Gorilla Epoxy on to handle of chalk liner and attach nut. Hold in place for several minutes and then allow to cure for at least 24 hours.
Once the epoxy has cured, cut hole in pantyhose and insert the handle into dirt on the inside of the wreath.
Taking it fom the top, cut another hole in the pantyhose and insert threaded eye bolt through the outside top of wreath aligning it with the handle of the chalk liner. Screw eye bolt into the nut affixed to the handle of the chalk liner. You may want to add more epoxy to the inside of the handle for added strength. If you do this allow another 24 hours for epoxy to cure before hanging. This is meant to keep the chalk liner in place, not to actually hang the wreath from. Put a nail in your door to hold the wreath. Sometimes slight of hand is the way to go!
Tie a piece of leftover rope to the eye bolt and create the illusion of hanging.
For special ocassions place fresh florals in water tubes and insert into wreath. Can you tell this wreath was freshly planted? Sorry, couldnt get the dirt off the flowers for the photo. Guess a little dirt never hurt anyone. You should see my finger nails!
Here she is in all her glory. I think Ill call her Tinkerbell. I made this wreath earlier this summer with petunias and have now refreshed it with fall flowers. Come winter time it will be done with evergreens and pinecones. Shes a nymph for all seasons
Directions for Living Wreath:
Materials Needed:

Wreath form

Potting soil

Pantyhose (they have to be good for something!)

Sphagnum Moss

Plants of choice

How to Do It:
1.Cut leg from panty hose and fill with potting soil.
2. Put soil filled pantyhose leg inside wreath form.
3. Cover with Sphagnum moss.
4. Cut holes in pantyhose and fill with plants.
For best results remove from door for watering.
Here is my rendition of a delightful little wood nymph for my front door. Thanks Geo for a wonderful piece of juink!

Here is my rendition of a delightful little wood nymph for my front door. Thanks Geo for a wonderful piece of juink!

Here is the first of many Editor's challenge projects to come. This little ditty was sent to me (with much affection, I'm sure) by JMS contributor Georgia. Believe it or not I actually did know what this was, but gave it a spin anyway. Silly me to think that Georgia would have removed the chalk! By now you all know what this contraption is. Drum roll was used to apply the lines on a football field. Knowing that Georgia lives in California (she can have flowers year round) and that she loves flowers I decided to make it a living door wreath.

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Comments (23)

RustyDiva writes: Gorgeous Sue! I was out of town and missed the big guess but my mind was leaning toward some kind of popper until I read Jim's hint. I'm so excited about all this ~ great ideas from the master ~ awesome! Posted: 2:08 pm on August 6th
writes: You are amazing Miss Sue! Just beautiful.

JennyK Posted: 1:46 am on August 5th
suewhitney writes: You rock, Jim...great information about lead paint. Thanks!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 10:41 pm on August 4th
JunkArchitect writes:

Most companies stopped putting lead in interior paint in 1955 and the federal government banned lead in paint in 1978. Remember that’s in the USA. If it’s from another country you better test it.

If it’s old there is a good chance it has lead paint, so to be safe you can buy a lead paint testing kit at hardware stores or online.


Posted: 8:57 pm on August 4th
illiniCowgirl writes: thanks, Sue! You're the best!

P.S. How do I know if something has lead-based paint or not?

Hope I'm not being obnoxious! :) Posted: 8:13 pm on August 4th
suewhitney writes: Thanks to all for your kind words. This challenge is a blast!! It's like Christmas around here with packages 'o junk arriving every day. I'm a very lucky girl!

illiniCowgirl - Your questions are not sill at all. I totally understand where you are coming from. Sometimes the stuff I pick up is unidentifiable because it is covered with so much dirt. I like to use natural solutions for cleaning when possible. First I remove as much of the dirt as possible and use a vacuum to clean the inside of trunks, suitcases, and drawers. Leave a piece that smells musty out in the sun for a few days so it can dry out. After the piece has aired out you may just need some good old fashioned warm soapy water to clean it up. Vinegar and warm water or 2 parts olive oil and 1 part lemon juice are good solutions for wood pieces. You can clean glass with straight lemon juice. Hot vinegar and water is a good solution for getting paint off of where it doesn't belong. Dryer sheets closed in a drawer, suitcase, or trunk will help remove odor. If you have something that has lead paint...remove large flakes, then wet sand it (keeps the dust down) and give it a coat or two of polyurethane. Where gloves and a mask while doing this and make sure to wash your hair and clothes after finishing your project. LLook for black or white specks on your piece of junk. This is mold. Mold on wood, metal, or plastic pieces can be cleaned with warm water and laundry detergent. I would stay of any piece with too much mold and all upholstered pieces that you suspect have mold. These are just a few of many tips. Hope I was of some help.

Take care,
Sue Posted: 9:03 am on August 4th
chippingcharm writes: Wow...from football to flowers...wonderful! geogiamoon's HASMAT story is too funny :) Laurel Posted: 8:49 am on August 4th
merryheart2 writes: this is awesome. the wreath is drop dead gorgeous.
i love the how you can use it for every season.
great way to re-use the chalk liner.
i always love your ideas. you're a junk yard genius. Posted: 8:25 am on August 4th
oldnews writes: It's absolutely beautiful! Who wouldn't LOVE to have it hanging on their front door!? Can't wait to see what comes next! Marie Posted: 11:38 pm on August 3rd
JunkArchitect writes:

Sue, this was a tough assignment and you pulled it off with absolutely incredible results. I kinda think this might be the nicest “junk wreath” I’ve ever seen.


Posted: 11:22 pm on August 3rd
alicemom writes: Bee-U-Tea-ful! Sue your are the bomb again. Geo & her white powder! What a hoot! ( now that it is over).
Looking for to come!
smiles, alice Posted: 10:40 pm on August 3rd
illiniCowgirl writes: Sue,
I love your work. You're such an inspiration. I am 25 years old, just got married, bought a home, and am in love with junking! I know this might be a stupid question, but I will ask it anyway. Your Today Show segment got me thinking - How do you know if a piece of furniture or a wonderful find (suitcase, trunk, etc.) is safe to put in your home? A lot of these things I've been finding are dirty, and I also don't know if they have mold in them because I've never really seen mold before. What I'm saying is, I guess I just don't know the difference between "old" and "mold" (that could be a poem!).Obviously I clean them before using them, but are there some things that should just stay outside? What is the best way to clean dirty junk? Please don't think I'm clueless, but I just wanted some advice on how to make sure the junk I'm bringing into my home is safe. Hope this makes sense. Thank you SO much! Posted: 4:53 pm on August 3rd
georgiamoon writes: Hey SuSu!!! This is fantastic! I am coming to you from BEAUTIFUL Washington State with Miss Jenny and Melissa.(lots more to come on that front)
When I saw this marvelous piece of junk I had to have it but had NO idea what to do with it..thank god this challenge came along and you were able to transform it into this gorgeous wreath. It looks perfect on your door. Glad it got you in one piece after the postal inspectors confiscated it because of the white powdery substance was noticed coming from the package. I know it was treated as a potential HASMAT/bio terrorism item...this it TRUE (after Jim's BIG talk who would have guessed it would have been MY package!!)..and they found the "substance" to be what they told me was an antacid??? I guess they ran out of chalk while striping the field! Tums anyone? You did an amazing job on this one, can't wait to see what you do with the rest of the cool junk you got! CONGRATULATIONS on the first hit this one out of the field!!! Georgia Posted: 2:06 pm on August 3rd
berton718 writes: Sue,
This is amazing!!! I love how beautiful you made this!!!!! Posted: 1:27 pm on August 3rd
irishrovr writes: Marvelously clever of you!

Eileen Posted: 11:32 am on August 3rd
Grasshopper22 writes: That turned out fabulous...I'm sure it weighs a ton!!! If
a burglar comes knocking you could also use it as a weapon :)
Posted: 10:51 am on August 3rd
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Ok, Sue. Now I'm really beginning to wonder who's getting the last laugh on this whole "challenge" idea for you. ;) Your wreath looks beautiful and I love everything about it! I guessed correctly what the item was originally, but only after your and Jim's clues. What a cool piece of junk to start off with!
Candy Posted: 10:31 am on August 3rd
shabbychick writes: Sue - this is awesome - looks beautiful hanging on your door! (and good idea on the "illusion" of hanging)

What a great gift from Miss Georgia!

Love the re-use of the panty hose...!!


P.S. I have a feeling that any "thank-you" cards we receive (for these awesome gifts) - will be accompanied by a challenge befitting these acts of "generosity"!

Posted: 10:28 am on August 3rd
Heavenly_Treasures writes: SUE,
It is beautiful.Wow lady what a talent you have. A real blessing you are and inspiration to all of us. A special blessing is coming your way today. ROBERT. Posted: 10:21 am on August 3rd
CottageElements writes: Love the living wreath. I'd really like to try this. Much more beautiful to me than an average wreath on a door. And then the vintage chalk liner is the absolute icing on the cake!

Lani Posted: 10:20 am on August 3rd
grannijo writes: matter what they challenge you with you make something beautiful...thanks for sharing!! ...sharon out school systems!!...ladies will be asking for the yard Posted: 10:18 am on August 3rd
fellowjunker writes: EXTREMELY INVENTIVE Sue. This looks can turn any old piece of junk into a thing of beauty.
xojanis Posted: 10:10 am on August 3rd
monakent writes: VERY nice!!! What a wonderful idea. Best of all, you can use and reuse year round. Thanks for the directions. I'm sure they will come in handy some day. gailmarie

(One down and umpteen more to go!!!) :o) Posted: 10:01 am on August 3rd
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