Crafty Tuesdays: Turn that antique into fall treasure [GIVEAWAY]
Monday, September 24, 2012 11:00 PM by Ericka Bethel
Editor's Note: This is the first of five Crafty Tuesday posts spotlighting some of our great Hendricks County shops and tying in a fall craft idea. In the post below, find out how you can win a $25 gift certificate. Welcome to fall! Isn't it great? Every year around this time, I browse magazines and peruse Pinterest to gaze at the stunning fall decorations that people create for their homes and wish I could have such pieces to spruce my place up. Generally, those ideas just stay on the page or in the computer as I set a dish of candy corn on my table and a mum on my porch. This year, however, I decided to jump into a little fall project in an effort to bring fall indoors. As I shared in an earlier post, I have been frequenting antique stores in the area lately. I love seeing all of the vintage items and even if I don't buy something, I always have fun just looking. It seems to me that a project generally just takes shape by itself. That's the story of this project. It began a few weeks back while at a local antique shop I found a group of some old jars. They were mixed and unique and the price was right so I snagged them not knowing yet what I would do with them. That was until this past weekend after my mom took a trip to my grandparents' farm and brought back this awesome wood box. I love this box! It has the metal bracing and a great distressed look. Not only does it look cool, but it's my Grandpa Joe's! So now I had jars and a box...where to now? I decided it was time for some more inspiration, so I headed to Avon Antiques, a local Hendricks County store that I had never visited. This store is located at 192 N. Ind. 267 in Avon, Ind., behind the Kroger. As soon as I saw the old barn door out front, I knew this would be a great place. This store is tiny, but it has tons of charm. The owners of Avon Antiques have done a wonderful job in selecting nice vintage pieces and displaying them in creative ways. The store had everything from large wood pieces to a whole display of vintage bottles and a great selection of old jars. The vintage bottle display was inside an old crate similar to the one I had found which got me thinking. It could be used either as a centerpiece or as a display case of sorts. So, I took my ideas home knowing that I wanted to visit Avon Antiques in the near future for my next creative find! Once home, it was off to Pinterest. I knew I wanted to use the jars and the box, and I knew how but I wanted to make it look fallish. I knew Pinterest would have the answer! I found several things I liked but this tutorial caught my eye most. I liked the way the twine looked and the brown rugged look reminds me of fall. I decided to not do the ribbon with the twine but instead went with some old buttons I had. I used two of the larger jars I had and wrapped the centers in twine. I followed the instructions on wrapping the jars in the example from the tutorial above. When the wrap had dried, I used an assortment of fall colored buttons and glued a few to the twine. I used my remaining buttons inside the jar and then placed a small candle in each. With my two other smaller jars, I knew I wanted to bring some color in. I decided what better way to do that than with some fresh mums. In an effort to coordinate with my kitchen color (slate blue), I went with some white and green large mum stems found from Plainfield florist Flowered Occassions. I also found some orange ribbon in a dollar bin at Michaels and tied it around the jars' rims. Now that all my jars were decorated, it was time to assemble my full decorating ensemble. The first matching I did was for the centerpiece of my table. I had to set something in the bottom of my box in order to really show off my jars. I liked it there but decided to also try the pieces with the box as more of a display case. This way I was only able to display two of my jars but I really liked it. I decided I could display this in my living room and display my coordating jars alone on my kitchen table. This project was lots of fun, and I was happy with how it turned out. It was very inexpensive (no more than $15 for the whole project). Most importantly it was easy! This experience with crafting has really given me the itch to try more. Have you been waiting to try your hand at a fall craft? I hope you will take part in our contest and do a small DIY fall craft using some antique or other odds and ends for your home. You can even use our DIY Pinterest board for inspiration. After you're done, all you have to do is take a photo of your craft, submit it to our Facebook Page and leave a comment with a link to your picture in the comment section below to be entered to win a $25 gift card to Avon Antiques. If you need step-by-step instruction on how to do that, click here. Submissions must be linked in our comment section by noon, next Tuesday, Oct. 2 to qualify. Next week, one of my fellow bloggers with the help of the wonderful people from Beasley's Orchard will show you how to create that perfect apple pie. Check back each Tuesday through Oct. 23 to find out what other fall craft ideas we have. I can't wait to see your creativity! Happy crafting friends and happy fall!