Wooden Cross from old wood

ImageI love to use old wood and make something new. This wooden cross is from the paneling that was on the walls in our house. The house was built in 1988. The living/dining space was covered in paneling. It was actually done very nicely….for paneling. It was framed and layered and looked good for what it was. But all I saw was paneling! My hubs loved it and didn’t want to see it go. As you can see from this picture….it went!

I didn’t throw any of it out. I just made a large pile (when I say I, I mean, my hubs!…okay, I did help make the pile of wood, I am good at collecting…stuff!). I have been dipping into said pile of wood for many projects. This one I have been wanting to try for several months now and I finally got around to making it. I think it turned out pretty good for old paneling.

Looks good now!!!

Because it isn’t on my wall…..or at least not covering my wall!

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I gathered my supplies:

Scrap wood.

Ruler (to make sure my edges were equal).

Pen.

Sandpaper.

Paint.

Stain.

Polyurethane (sealer).

Paint brushes.

Jigsaw.

Clamps (to hold wood to table for cutting).

Metal saw tooth hanger for back.

Glue (craft goop, I like a thick glue).

Decorative crosses from local craft store.

Safety glasses.

I found a cross pattern I liked and cut it out for my pattern.

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Trace your pattern onto the wood. Make sure your lines are dark enough to see once you start cutting.

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Be sure to wear safety glasses!

Start cutting your design out. I used a jigsaw for this project.

I clamped my wood (because it is really thin) to my table saw so it didn’t move on me and it made it easier to cut out.

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After it is cut out, you will need to sand it smooth. I used a palm sander but you can do it by hand…it is a small project.

Paint it whatever color you wish.

I painted this one a teal with spots of a lighter blue to give it more interest. I mix colors for most of my projects. I collect paint and then mix together to get custom colors and that is what this one is!

The color in this picture is not true (closer in the last pic). But at least you get the idea it is painted. I then sanded it a bit more and used stain to distress it, to give it an aged look. Then use a poly sealer on it. Let it dry between coats of paint and stain and sealer.

If you don’t want to age your project, just paint it, you can seal it with something made to seal paint or not seal it (depending on where you hang it). Either way should work fine.

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Once it is completely dry I glued (the wood was too thin to use the nails that came with the hanger) the saw tooth hanger in the middle of the back (this is where the ruler comes in handy…center that hanger!)

Then I glued my decorative cross in the middle.

And it is finished! After it drys of course.

That wasn’t so hard, was it?

If you have any questions, let me know.

Good luck with your own cross projects.

Craft on,

Sabrina

 

How to Tea-dye (age/antique) fabric

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I love the look of aged/antiqued fabrics. From pillows to headbands and all things between.

 

Who would like to rummage through their grandmother or great-grandmother’s old trunks or cabinets to see what you can find to re-purpose into something for the 21st Century? I know I would. If only I could go back in time and hang onto some of those old items. I think about all the chenille bedspreads I have seen over the years. The quilts from years gone by. I do have a few of those from the hands of my very own great-grandma. I won’t be parting with them any time soon.

The things I could put together today from things of the past! So fun to think about.

This blog is to introduce you to the simple process of tea-dying fabrics or what I like to call “aging” fabrics.

I forget not everyone is fluent in craft. I take for granted that I pick ideas up easily. I figure if I can do it…anyone can. Not necessarily true. So with that said, I think this is something easy to start off with. Following is a simple step by step how-to for tea dying your own fabrics for those lovely aged items you want to make.

Items you will need:

pan

water

tea bags 4-6 depending on how dark you are going for (I use the cheapest kind since I am just sticking fabric in it…none of my organic ones!)

white or light colored fabric or lace or whatever it is you want to age (cotton/cotton blends work best)

 

Start by boiling the tea bags in enough water to cover your fabric. Ahh smells so good!

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Once it is boiling turn it off and move off heat source so it stops boiling (I have an electric stove so it stays hot forever!).

Add your fabric (or lace doily as I am using here) and push it under the tea (use a spoon not your fingers).

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You will want to let it sit for at least 20 minutes. Longer if you want it darker. You can always put it back after you see how dark it is. Cotton fabrics turn best. Poly blends don’t turn as easy. Some fabrics may not turn much at all. Just test it if you are not sure (rinse under cold water to see how dark it is). Leave in longer and test again.

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Once you get the desired affect rinse it under cold water. Use a spoon here, again, don’t burn yourself! It can still be very hot until you get enough cold water on it.

Don’t pour out the tea until you are sure you are done dying fabric. Look around your house or craft room, you might have missed something that would look good aged.

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After I have rinsed it under cold water until the water runs clear, I squeeze it in a towel to dry it. Then lay it out flat to dry completely. If you need it for a project right away (which I usually do!) you can put it in the clothes dryer for a few minutes to finish drying it. I would make sure it is alone in the dryer just so it doesn’t get tea on something you don’t want tea on (just to be on the safe side).

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I think this doily turned out pretty neat. It has some poly (or other fabric, not sure what) in it and that would be why it is two different colors. I like the variation in the design. I may be using this in a picture frame as a back drop so the color will work perfectly.

 

Now go dye something and let me know how your first tea-dying job goes.

Then show me the project you made with it!

 

Craft on,

Sabrina