Yup, I was converted! Something about being FREE just makes a concept automatically more my bag. (I also apologize for the crappy photography. It's something I'm working on, and once a project has been altered [which this one has], I can't exactly go back and get a better shot. Also, Phil broke my camera so I've only got my phone camera to work with right now). The vase was already on hand, and the sticks are actually dead branches from our elderberry bushes in the backyard. The idea hit me when trimming back some dead branches this summer.. after dumping a bunch in the trash bin I realized they might look better in a vase. I was right.
After sitting with that gnarly purple vase for a while, though, I found the color and shininess of the vase to be not so easy on the eyes. The shade of purple just did not jive with the other colors in the room. So I remedied this with a $5 spool of burlap ribbon from Hobby Lobby and...
Instantly better! Magically, the project not only had a much more palatable color, but also got some sweet texture and a funky new vibe. While this regrettably made the project no longer free, the ribbon will last beyond this project and was a worthwhile expense in my mind.
So to take you back in time for a moment, and explain why such a stick art project was so exciting, this project started as a way to fill this random ledge/mantel that is adjacent to the fireplace mantel.
It feels like such a tall space, and without anything with some height it just looked perpetually empty and cold. Smaller-scale items just didn't fill the space and it felt unfinished and half-assed.
See how those small trinkets just don't quite do it in that tall space. It just looks... bad. So I knew we needed something with some height, and had visions of having to shell out serious $$ to get some sort of tall statue or something. Until my genius kicked in, that is.
And it works from various angles. Since this area is on a corner, you see it in many different perspectives depending on where you are in the house. Works from the front, as you see above.
Lesson Learned: Before you go spending your hard earned cash on art or decor, take a look around and see what you've already got. And never rule out what you might find outside!
Wow thanks for sticking with me through that. I didn't know I had that much to say about such a simple project. Whew. Has anyone else magically found a great project hiding in a closet, or in their backyard? Do you have any other ideas for how to turn already owned items into art or house decor?