As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been on an HGTV bender lately, particularly picker shows. Well, I’ve added a new show to my list of obsessions – Flea Market Flip. I LOVE this show! The contestants’ creativity is so inspiring and addictive.
Now as much as I love doing projects found on Pinterest or other blogs, I often crave the challenge to create something original from unconventional objects or simply using the bits and pieces I have laying around the house. So in the spirit of Flea Market Flip, I have decided to participate in my own DIY challenge. I have created two sets of flashcard, one set is DIY supplies or mediums (fabric, wood, paint, metal, nature, contents of recycle bin) and the other is themes (fashion, gift, entertaining, art, home decor, outdoor space). So what did I draw for my first challenge? “Wood” and “entertaining.” Because I live in an apartment I don’t have scrap wood laying around and it’s too cold right now to scavenge for wood outside, so that left just one option – popsicle sticks.
For those of you who know me in real life, know that I HATE touching popsicle sticks. They totally give me the willies and I avoid eating anything on a stick. Nevertheless, I wasn’t going to fail my first craft challenge, so I decided to suck it up and make something out of this elementary school staple.
Table runner – popsicle stick
Popsicle sticks are incredibly cheap so crafting with them won’t break the bank. With the help of a glue gun, you can create some really interesting geometric patterns with the sticks – I decided to create an easy crisscross pattern. I really liked how it turned out and in the spirit of the theme (entertaining) decided to use it as a table runner. Paired with a large candle in a vase of stones and some potted succulents, the popsicle stick table runner added some texture and warmth to the centerpiece.
I know the challenge was to create something for entertaining, but after making two runners for the centerpiece, I realized that layered together, they could make a really interesting piece of artwork. The gallery wall now has some much needed texture and the shapes roundness adds some visual symmetry to the vignette.
Entryway – popsicle stick art
Entryway – popsicle stick art – close up
So what do you think of popsicle stick decor? Chic or schoolhouse?