“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” ~Pablo Picasso
This is a great upcycle project because I’m sure you already have everything you need for it right in your house or garage right now.
I hate dating myself, but mine are really old! I made these while I was still in college and before Mr. Cottage and I had married. Considering we’ll be married 48 years this summer, I’ll let you do the math. I first saw this in a magazine and just had to make them. They look so intricate, but everything is out of cardboard.
The celery leaves are made from plain old paper towels!
And the ribbon IS a real ribbon!
My parents had wood valances and when my mother decided to redecorate, my dad took them down and threw them away in the alley. I think this was my very first repurposing that I can think of. How could I let this go to waste! “Back then” I had read about gluing stones to an old rolling pin and using it for distressing wood. Not only did I do that, but I hit it with key rings and anything else I could think.
If by chance you’re interested in making this, here is a list of what you’ll need:
- 2 pcs wood, 17 x 5 1/2 inches. Mine is only 1/2 inch thick, but anything 1/2 or more would be better.
- White Gesso
- Elmers glue
- Inexpensive paper towels (don’t use any of the thick absorbent types)
- Ribbon, two pieces tied together
- Craft paint in the colors you prefer
- After you have your wood, if you want to distress it, nows the time. Distressing was big then, and I’m sure it would look good with or without it.
- Now is the time to also sand the edges of your boards.
- Using the patterns below (click on the photos to print them), start cutting the cardboard into the shapes. Don’t get them mixed up and make sure you know which pieces go with each vegetable. (SEE NOTE BELOW FOR THE ASPARAGUS)
- Using Elmers glue, glue all the cardboard pieces to your boards.
- Tear your paper towel into smaller pieces and dip into a glue/water mixture. Squeeze out the excess and arrange on your celery stalks to give the impression of leaves.
- (NOTE) When you cut the cardboard triangles for the asparagus, cut your cardboard into different sized strips (1/2″, 3/4″, etc); than cut triangles like the diagram shows on the pattern sheet. It’s much less time consuming.
- As you glue your triangles onto the asparagus, keep overlapping them and use my photo and pattern as a guide.
- Take two pieces of ribbon and tie them together. Dip it into the glue/water mixture and arrange on your asparagus to look like the bundle is tied together.
- After everything has dried thoroughly, layer a coat or two of white Gesso (you can find this at an art store or craft store in their art department.
- After the Gesso has dried, you can paint your board, vegetables and bugs using craft paint in the color of your choice.
- Don’t forget to paint the edges of your boards. I antiqued mine, but this is optional.
CLICK ON THE PATTERNS BELOW TO PRINT THEM
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