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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Americana Crafts from Scraps

I cleaned up outside the other day and took apart an old lattice that was already falling apart.




It was tedious work, but with a hammer, screw driver and pliers I took out the staples and small nails.




I ended up with a lot of pieces. . . .



and I made this star to hang on the outside wall of our storage building. I nailed the pieces together with small nails with our staple gun. I'm thinking this would be pretty at Christmas time, also. I could string lights around it.



I still had left over boards, so I made a very crude flag. I think I will also hang this on the outside wall of our building. It will be up high so people won't notice the imperfections. I cut the boards to the length I wanted, spray painted them and then nailed the boards together with the staple gun. The small nails were a little too long, tho, and some of them came through the other side.



Here is how I attached the boards on the back of the flag.


I've seen these stars and flags on the outside of buildings a lot and always wanted one like them. I'm glad I came up with the idea before throwing away the tore up lattice in the burn pile.

13 comments:

  1. Janet, I love the star and the flag. What a wonderful way to be creative. You always give me the best ideas. I have an old piece of lattice behind the shed. I think I will make a star and a flag.

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  2. Janet, that is a good job, wish I had some lattice and someone to make them for me... LOL

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  3. Great ideas, Janet. I will keep these in mind the next time I start tearing things apart.

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  4. Oh, yes! Great use of the old wood.

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  5. You did a good job with the flag and star. I have always wanted a star to hang above my garage door at Christmas/with lights, but have never taken the time to make one. Now I know how. I have a store bought flag similar to yours hanging in Tim and Jon's room.

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  6. Great way to use the old lattice! Don't worry about little imperfections, that's what makes it so neat. I may have to give that a try too.

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  7. Nice ideas...... I love both. Wonderful job!!!!

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  8. Wonderful recycling! I like both of these.

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  9. That is a very creative way to reuse the old lattice. Love the way you made the flag and the star.

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  10. How very creative Janet!
    I love them both!
    You have talent girl!

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  11. Janet, loved your ideas for using up the lattice wood. You are very crafty and full of great tips to reuse things. Thanks for that. Sorry I couldn't comment until now, computer has been having a spaz attack lately. :) xxoo

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  12. Janet-you are so creative! I love the flag and the star.

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  13. Hi there! Just found your blog and browsed for a bit! Lots of great and fun things on here...AND ....I am a fellow West Virginian!!!! I have lived in South Carolina for almost 9 years now and sure do miss my mountains where I was born and raised!!! Thanks for the neat music on your blog! I will be following you, so stop by and say hi sometime!!!
    Kim

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