I finally settled on my word for the year…
If you read my previous Joy Day! post you already know that.
And so I thought it would be fun to show you how I put together this little Wintry Wall Vignette over my sideboard and share a little more of the behind the scenes meaning. Plus, a brief tutorial! Ready?!
The JOY Basket.
Last year during the Christmas season I created this basket of joy. This year I didn’t have a place for it. After all the gold and glitz of Christmas got put away, I came across the joy basket again and propped it up on my piano, leaning it against the Christmas picture that I had not yet moved. Joy. It was there, right in front of me, day after day, while I was trying to discover what my word for the year should be. Isn’t it funny how some things are right in front of us and we don’t see them?
The Joy Basket tutorial in 11 EASY steps:
- Cut a piece of cardboard the size of the bottom of your basket.
- Cut a piece of burlap just a wee bit wider and 6 inches longer than the cardboard.
- Make sure the edges of the burlap are nice and even before removing a few strands for the fray.
- Glue the burlap to the cardboard, wrapping it around the ends securely.
- Glue string or fish line to the back of the board so that you can secure the burlap board to the basket securely by stringing it through the weaves and tying it tightly. If you have a more disposable basket, you could glue the board to the basket directly. However, do NOT secure it in place just yet.
- Trace your letters…in this case… J O Y on the burlap, spaced as you wish.
- Glue tiny pine cones to the traced letters with a glue gun.
- Secure your pine cone embellished graphic art to your basket.
- If you like you can attach another hanger to the basket with fish line if needed.
- Hang your beautiful work of art.
- Stand back and admire your handiwork.
Project Supplies: basket, burlap, glue gun, tiny pine cones, string or fish line, pencil.
Note: the basket I used was a retired Longaberger Long Serving Basket. I picked my tiny pine cones from under Hemlock trees, but you can order them online inexpensively.
Here’s how the Joy Vignette came together.
Once I decided n JOY for my word I wanted to find a better place for my basket of joy.
Last summer we collected a few wood pallets. Most had been cut in half to put under our basement shelves so that we didn’t have cardboard boxes sitting directly on the floor in our storage area. There was a nice one left over and I asked my husband to take it apart so that I could make some signs for my back porch to go with that fun floor cloth I painted for the porch. Well, I never got around to it. Of course, when it’s freezing cold, I get an inspiration that maybe we could put the slats together to make a slat board to hang on the wall. Mr. Extraordinary said he would be happy to make a slat board for me, in the unheated garage, when it was all of 14 degrees outside. I know…I’m blessed.
How to make a small slat board for decorative purposes.
The number of pallet boards you use will determine the height of your slat board, then trim them the desired length. Cut two more pieces just a wee bit less than the height of the to-be-completed slat board. Cut one more piece (this is optional) so that it will fit on the diagonal between the two boards. You’ll need to cut these on an angle so they butt together…like the cross buck on a barn door. Then nail or screw the slats to the criss-cross pieces. That’s it. I took the project to the basement where I used a metal (powerless) hand sander and smoothed down the rough areas, and then I dry brushed some white trim paint on the boards. After the paint dried thoroughly, we hung picture hanging hooks and wire on the back and then I was ready to decorate the front.
Since it still is winter and will be for 2 more months, I decided to go with a winter theme for my slat board. Snowflakes and pinecones. Whites and browns. A new combo for me, but I’m loving it. Some time ago I attended a small private craft show and picked up a few dark rusty-looking metal snowflakes and some twisted white-wire ones too. After carefully arranging the snowflakes and my basket of joy, they needed to be attached to the slat board. Since I had the little picture hanging kit out I decided that the tiny little brass nails would be perfect. After hammering them in, I hung the completed ‘moment’ up on the wall over my sideboard. Those cute little brass nail heads were showing, so I took my tiny paint brush and touched them up with white paint. You’ll have to look hard to see.
Dressing up the sideboard.
Feeling pretty good about my burst of creativity, I decided to complete the look with the repetition of baskets and pine cones, and silver and pewter for contrast. And yes, the candlesticks came out to make handy pine cone stands. I went to bed that night happy that my idea came together.
Beauty in the details.
The next morning it was bright early and I noticed that my sweet little wire snowflakes did not show up against the white. Duh. White on white. So I flew to my stash of dried up craft paint and dry brushed some brown on the white flakes and voila! they looked terrific against the white. Such a little thing, but a big difference. The wood snowflake was a late addition. I’m glad I remembered I had it in my stash. It provides just the right amount of additional textural interest. If you look closely, the picture hanging wire was not heavy enough and it stretched. But, as I am in a spending freeze, it will have to do. I just need to remember what The Nester says, “It doesn’t need to be perfect to be beautiful.”
“Joy does not simply happen to us.
We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen
With my little vignette gracing my sideboard I am reminded that joy is always waiting for me.
I just need to choose it.
If you’d like more joy in your life, I invite you to take the Joy Dare with me. It’s a wonderful exercise that can be both fun and reflective. And most of all…life-changing. Here’s a link to learn more. Download the PDF for all the Joy Dare prompts here. Join me in counting 3 gifts a day. The first day of each week I have a Joy Day! feature here at An Extraordinary Day. It’s an inspirational post that ends with each of us counting seven gifts/blessings from the week. You can choose to do both the Joy Dare and join me for Joy Day!
Whatever you choose…
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