Friday, February 4, 2011

Upcycling: branch photo holder

You may have seen my previous posts on how I’ve made use of our yard clippings. I made a yule log  and tree for the holidays and thumbtacks. I finally came up with an idea for one of the thicker branches.

I made a photo holder with a carving in the branch. I wanted the branch to resemble those old trees that have initials and a heart carved into them.

I carved the heart with an Xacto knife. Working slowing, I carved the outline and then chipped away the bark and cleaned up the edges. Miraculously, I didn’t cut myself while doing this.

Once the heart was complete, I sawed a groove into the top of the branch and glued a paper clip into the groove.

I had a feeling when I started this project that it would end up on my wall of shame but I
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the way it turned out.


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41 comments:

  1. Absolutely gorgeous - though I would definitely lose a finger or two if I tried this!!
    Lowri
    http://papervinenz.blogspot.com/

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  2. Oh I like this idea - very creative ndeed

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  3. I love this idea! Who would think simple clippings could transform into something so unique and pretty!!

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  4. Brilliant! I love natural elements used in decor, and this idea is just beautiful! But then, I have yet to see anything you've created which WASN'T beautiful!

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  5. It's fantastic. I just love the simplicity of it ... so natural, so pretty.

    Visiting from Kojo Designs.

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  6. This is absolutely great! I'll have to add this to my list of projects. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Soooo so pretty! I love this as an engagement/wedding gift!

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  8. That is AWESOME and BEAUTIFUL! Love it!

    Found you at Lovely Crafty Home :)

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  9. Another amazing project! Absolutely beautiful!

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

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  10. So pretty. And that is a lovely picture too!

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  11. it's beautiful! thank you for sharing!

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  12. It's awesome!! Love the carving! Thanks for linking up :)

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  13. this is beautiful! i TOTALLY love it. saving it to my bookmarks for sure! thanks for sharing!

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  14. I LOVE everything that you do my dear!! You're going to be a super star someday!!

    kisses
    heather

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  15. No wall of shame! This is absolutely perfect! I have no idea who would do all the carving, but I can totally picture a wedding reception decorated with lots of these! You're amazing!

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  16. That is so cute! I definitely need to make one (and of course, I will give all the credit to you).
    I think it would have been adorable if you had carved yall's initials into the heart.
    But still, so stinkin' adorable. :]
    <3/Linz

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  18. brilliant! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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  19. I love it too!!! What a cute little twist on the heart tree carving.

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  20. this is so my style ;) love it, thanks for the great idea!

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  21. So, I just dropped back by to let you know that I featured this project on my blog.
    http://linzeh.blogspot.com/2011/02/how-about-some-more-love.html

    Again, I love this.
    <3/Linz

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  22. Wonderfull, i'llc copy you !
    Anouk :-)

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  23. So beautiful! Thank you for such great inspiration. I'm going to share your fabulous idea on my Friday blog post. =)

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  25. Wow to the 1,000 power!

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  26. Great inexpensive idea... I'm going to use these as centerpieces for my little one's b-day party... i've been looking for creative ways to display her photos throughout the year... thanks!!!

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  27. Simple yet effective, particularly for the more rustic/loving photos

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  28. Thank you for sharing that idea.
    It´s great!

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  29. Wonderful idea! Simple sweet and uses materials from nature -just love this one.

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  30. This is so awesome! I cannot wait to make some for my Valentine Swap girls! New Follower!
    ~Jen @ hutchinsonherd.blogspot.com

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  31. Amazing idea! You are so creative.

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  32. Thank you SO much for sharing this!! Awesome idea. I made one from birch for our 25th anniversary. I used an exacto knife and DID use a woodburning tool to put our initials on it. I am in love with it! Thanks again!

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  33. So sweet and clever! Love how it turned out. :)

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