Last winter, my sister-in-law shared a link from a high end home catalog saying.."I bet you could make something like that? And if you do, I want one " OK...I always entertain a challenge and a gift idea to boot.
Step 1- I needed a crib spring. Due to regulations and safety concerns, used cribs in general are difficult to find . After coming up empty handed at flea markets all summer, I finally found one in a thrift store. A tad rusty, but all springs in tact.
My suggestion, if you are on the hunt, is to ask at your local thrift store. They might keep them in back or be able to direct you to a source. They are out there and are otherwise going to end up in a landfill.
But back to the project. After a nice cleaning, I evened out the color (front & back ) with a textured spray paint. Almost every brand has one out now. I used one from Rustoleum and it was instantly aged. Then, for a little festive flair, 2 greenery sprigs were tied to the top. It gives it a little 'finish'. The craft/floral stores have rows of these things. (and yes they are out already) Traditional, whimsical, snow covered, glittered.....something for every taste. In fact, you could change it up each year.
To display all those gorgeous family photos and cards...clothespins! But, when I tested out my basic, wood ones they were functional, but really, quite dull.
Luckily, I remembered that I have a crafty friend who makes just the thing to fix that....decorative display clips. Jess at Little Dandelion Studios whipped me up a custom set and suddenly, it all came together.
For hanging, you have 2 options. On a sturdy nail in the wall or over the door hangers. I picked up 2 plastic over the door hooks (like the ones for your bath robe), gave them a matching coat of paint and it looks like it was meant to be together. That way she has 2 options to hang.
Do not have a crib spring? An over-sized picture framed with chicken wire (like this) would work, as well as a garden gate or any salvaged metal. Just make sure to file down any rough edges and give everything a protective coat. Besides the fact it will be in the house, this project is so cute, you will have all of your company taking a closer look.
AND- to help you complete your very own holiday card holder.
A GIVEAWAY !!!
Little Dandelion Studios has an offered up your choice of either 2 sets of magnets or 1 clip line. She has lots of fun prints and colors to choose from.
Here is what you need to do to enter-Leave a comment here on the blog or on my Facebook page and tell me about your favorite handmade holiday gift, (given or received) between today and Tues the 25th and you will be entered. Winner will be announced next Wednesday. Also- I'll enter you twice if you "like" my page....&/or hers.
To learn more about Little Dandelion Studios and Jess, visit her
or her holiday show schedule