Valentine Photo Wreath

February 6th, 2017 in member junk     
PlentyPlace Kerry Messer, contributor
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This sweetheart of a project began with a plain white photo display found at Goodwill for $1.25. While it was just fine by itself, I thought it deserved some pepping up for Valentines Day. 
You can achieve a similar look by using an empty picture frame with twine strung across the opening. Just use mini-clothes pins to hold your pictures. 
Completing this project while the whole family battled a winter virus forced me to use only supplies I had on hand. That meant recycling the wired ribbon off of our browning Christmas wreaths. 
Loosely weaving the ribbon around the frame added texture without competing with the photographs. 
Dowels from our July 4th parade flags serve nicely as arrows when wrapped with red washi tape. To conserve tape (and time) I wrapped the dowels on the diagonal, like a barber shop pole. 
To create the feathers stack 4 hymn pages per side of each arrow. Then fold each stack of 4 in half lengthwise. Trim a triangle from the crease of your fold to the outer edge of your papers. Save the triangles to create your arrow heads. 
While your stack is still folded, cut fringe on the outer edges. Open your stack, add a length of scotch tape down the center (to reinforce the paper to accept staples). 
The cleanest, easiest way to add feathers to your dowels is to open a standard stapler, hold the dowel against a firm surface, and gently/slowly depress the stapler. If you try to pound the staple in - your dowel will move. Just ease the staple into the wood. 
The triangles you trimmed while cutting your feathers now get glued to the top of the dowel. I went for a stylized look of a triple arrowhead.  
Wrapping the arrows and tying them to the frame with a vintage tape measure adds a junk-tastic focal point. 
For a finishing touch I laid this thrifted polka dot belt over an old wreath hanger. (Double-sided tape or sticky tack is all thats needed to secure the belt, so the hanger and belt can be reused later.) 
This sweetheart of a project began with a plain white photo display found at Goodwill for $1.25. While it was just fine by itself, I thought it deserved some pepping up for Valentines Day. 
You can achieve a similar look by using an empty picture frame with twine strung across the opening. Just use mini-clothes pins to hold your pictures. 

This sweetheart of a project began with a plain white photo display found at Goodwill for $1.25. While it was just fine by itself, I thought it deserved some pepping up for Valentine's Day. 

You can achieve a similar look by using an empty picture frame with twine strung across the opening. Just use mini-clothes pins to hold your pictures. 


Photos of loved ones take center stage with some TLC and a few scraps of upcycled goodness. 


Pattern or design used: My own design - Kerry of Plenty Place
posted in: member junk, seasonal, metal, wood, cottage, eclectic, funky, family room, white, picture holder, kitchen, entry, retro, office, red, textile, Wreath, Valentine

Comments (7)

gadgetsponge writes: Welcome aboard Kerry! Glad to have you join the team! This piece is really cool. The addition of the arrows beats all. Posted: 11:30 am on February 5th
JunkArchitect writes: Congratulation on becoming a contributor, Kerry. Your Valentine's Day project is filled with so many creative ideas...Amazing!

Jim
Posted: 10:31 am on February 4th
PlentyPlace writes: Many thanks for the warm welcome! I am just tickled pink to be junkin' it up with such a fun group of folks. JMS members' ideas are such an inspiration for me! Posted: 9:43 am on February 4th
MakinItHappen writes: This is adorable!!! Posted: 7:24 am on February 4th
chippingcharm writes: Beautiful project...and beautiful story!! Welcome :) Laurel Posted: 5:04 am on February 4th
shabbychick writes: Welcome Kerry! Your photo display is all dressed up and ready for Valentine's Day - and so thrifty too! I love how you did the arrows, and the measuring tape is the perfect element to finish it off!

Have fun being a contributor and happy junking!

Kathy

Posted: 1:34 pm on February 3rd
suewhitney writes: Hi Everyone!!

I have exciting news to share with you! We have a brand new contributor here at JMS...please meet Kerry Messer also known as PlentyPlace. I'm sure you can see by this delightful project why I wanted her on board in this position. I've adored each and every project she's posted here at JMS and as a person she is equally...if not more delightful! I am looking forward to many more posts from this talented young lady. Please give Kerry a welcome...JUNKMARKET Style!

This from Kerry:

Growing up with my mom and grandma in the antiques business makes me feel right at home with musty, dusty artifacts. But when I'm on the hunt I'm thinking about repurposing rather than retail.
I teach my preschooler, middle schooler, and high schooler at home, so busting out the power tools to transform neglected pieces is a type of pressure relief valve for me. My husband is super-handy, so we love teaming up on projects. Our biggest conquest to date was the restoration of a 210 year old Colonial Revival home in Olde Towne Portsmouth, VA. That 10 year venture prompted us to move on to a low-maintenance new home.
Event-planning using free and thrifted supplies is a challenge I love. Typically that means helping a sweet couple with their wedding or helping out with a special occasion at church. I love creating settings that captivate attention in order highlight Gods goodness.
My husband quips, "When I married you I had no idea you wanted to paint the whole world." Well, not exactly. But because were made in the image of the Great Creator, we find real joy by making our little corner of the world beautiful...and for me that includes curb-shopped and junk-tastically crafted treasures.
my personal website:
http://www.plentyplace.com Posted: 10:57 am on February 3rd
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