Through the years of crafting I've always been on the look out for patterns,ideas, and materials to build it all with. By going to yardsales, craftshows, and even just in regular shopping trips I seem to come up with more ideas then my crafty mind can contain. I've even raided junk piles (after asking permission!) people leave by the road side of things they have thrown out that can be recycled and used to make other things. Not to long ago I raided a dumpster that was a gold mine in a crafters world, and rescued items that just weren't wanted anymore. A huge Christmas wreath that my youngest daughter took and decorated up was one of a few things I rescued. Another was a small snowman scene someone had created using a few recycled items. This rescue lead me to the idea of adding in this Swap & Share page of my site. Here folk can share their ideas, patterns, and resources no matter how crazy it might sound. As the saying goes. One persons trash is anothers treasure!
Below are photos of the back side of the snowman scene. There are two pieces of wood cut and glued
together. Other materials used are as follows:
1 piece of green tree garland(good use of left over garland thats coming apart in pieces)
1 sting of Christmas green beads hooked together(this can be found in any craft store)
1 string of pearl green beads
1 string of gold beads hooked together(cut beads apart making single beads)
1- 3/16th & 1-1/8th size dowels
2 pieces of metalic green pipe cleaners
1 old throw away cd with no scratches
1 group or 3 individual snowmen(or use old christmas ornaments)
1 small kitten(or animal christmas ornament)
1 container of small pine cones(if you have pine trees go out n pick up the baby cones)
1 pieces of white quilting batting (glue to bottom wood piece)
white acrylic paint
Wood glue & Elmers glue
Below is a more close up photo of the project. The backdrop wood piece is painted white then the beading and garland glued to it in half moon around the cd. Cd is centered and glued to wood. Inside circle of cd is also outlined with pearl green beads and wire metalic green. The gold beads are scattered and also used as tops for the fence posts.The white quilting batting is used as snow on the bottom with pine cones around the outside edge.
Most of these items a crafter usually has around the house tucked away in the "I can use that for something" box! This looks to be a real simple project and can be done up in about an hour or less and done on a "dime" spending wise.