Old spindles just don’t belong on the burn pile! I didn’t know what I was going to do with them but I knew for certain they were NOT going to stay on my Uncle’s discard pile. I hauled them home along with a bunch of other cool stuff my uncle didn’t want.
As my Project Challenge group started thinking of items we could use as categories for this year’s monthly challenges I thought of my stash of old spindles and suggested spindles as a category option. It made the cut and this month we are sharing things created from spindles, trim, or moulding. You KNOW I picked spindles!
My husband cut the spindles for me on the band saw and I trotted back and forth from the house to the garage as I tweaked the layout and needed more pieces cut. I used the shorter ends that were cut off to create the top and bottom pieces of the heart-shape and also added some to the ends of some spindles to make them a bit longer. Hot glue attached those small pieces to the ends of the longer pieces.
I used another piece of the laminated wood like I used on my Valentine Art made from Junk.
For the background of this piece I decided to use old music sheets – I have quite a pile of them 🙂
I arranged them around the edges of the board and modpodged them on. I didn’t bother covering the very center as the spindles would cover that.
The music sheets wrapped the edges but didn’t cover all the edges. I decided to tackle that issue later.
I started with the longest spindle that was in the center of the heart. The center of the board was found using a tape measure and marked with a pencil and then the first spindle was hot glued to the center of the board.
When I added each successive spindle I not only hot glued it to the board I hot glued it to the spindle beside it at the points they touched. I worked quickly to be able to get all the glue in and the pieces firmly pressed together before any of the glue was completely hardened.
Before I started glueing I had decided to paint one spindle red. I chose one randomly and painted it.
After the spindles were all attached I added a strip of lace on the center spindle and tied a bit of ribbon around a lower spindle. Then I cut a wood arrow in half and cut it down to fit on either end of the heart for a bit more detail.
I also added a stripe of gold glass glitter down the center of the arrow.
For a bit of quirky whimsy I added a couple pieces of washi tape. See the gold and silver dot tape in the left corner?
I love how this turned out. It’s a great piece to use for Valentine’s but it also works year round. Hanging above your bed in the Master bedroom for a bit of romantic shabby chic-ness. Or in a little girls room. Or even in your living space.
It’s for sale at the shop right now but I’ll admit if it doesn’t sell I won’t be too sad – I’ll just bring it back home and find a spot to display it 🙂
And now – it’s time for you to check out my friends projects! They are so much fun!