February 13, 2012

Upcycled wall art ... a mighty redo!

"the creativity made me feel mighty"

I found a little wooden moose head at the auction house awhile back {it's only about 3" x 4"}  I like how you can see the carved lines left behind by the maker, and how the delicate antlers and oval wood mount are gently held together by tiny little tack nails.  

It wasn't the beautiful craftsmanship that immediately drew me to this little guy though.  It was the fragility of what is supposed to be such a mighty animal that tugged at my crafty little heart.

I knew right away what I wanted to do for this moosy's makeover.  But, after running my ideas past a few of my friends :cough: men :cough: I caught a leeetle bit of slack



"More flowers?!"

"...for a moose?!" 

Yes sir!  And I did it all.  All of it.  My way.  Because the creativity made me feel mighty.

Shortly after buying it, I came across a small, plaid mounting plaque.  I'm not sure if this is the original mount for the moose, but regardless, with a little tlc they definitely felt like they could be a good match.  
After raiding my studio for supplies to upcycle, here's how it all went down:

I disassembled the top mount and the bottom plaque.  

I upcycled a vintage sheet by cutting it into a piece of fabric the size of the top mount. I layered it over a thin piece of batting and glued it all into place.  Then I traced an outline of the top mount onto the bottom mount.

I cut a string of plastic beads the length of the outline and glued them in place.  Then I painted the entire bottom mount a light shade of pink to match the fabric.

Once the paint dried, I just glued everything in place!

I have since started a small collection of animal mounts and vintage animal themed wall art.  And you know what?  It sure was nice to do a project just for myself for a change.  Upcycling is the perfect way to rekindle my creativity.

What's igniting your creative spirit these days?