Welcome!. I live in Oviedo, Florida with my handsome husband, two great kids and a pair of silly basset hounds. Oviedo is a little town where you can get a Barney’s coffee on one corner and have to wait for the chickens to cross on the next. I love to shop for vintage treasures to use in my home and artwork. Come along with me!
I made these altered crosses a few years back. I'm using them as part of my Easter decorations this year. They make great gifts too, especially for Sunday school teachers.
Just find a wooden cross at your local craft store and alter it with paint, paper, lace...whatever you have. A little trick on this one - I used three sticks. They don't cross in the center so that nest can lay flat. I gathered the twigs in the yard and wrapped in copper wire. I hung a few metal leaves, glued down the nest and filled that with feathers and faux eggs. The paint job is easy too. I painted the cross with an antique white wash (watered down acrylic paint) then dry brushed some brown on the edges.
This next one was painted with a brown wash paint on outside and the antique white wash on the inside of the cross. I used glimmer mist to tint the lace and layered that on vintage book paper. I painted the edges of the cross with my fingers (I like those better than paintbrushes!) using several different colors until I got the desired effect.
The center is made from lace, flowers and vintage jewelry all layered on top of one another. There is a bead dangling from the lace.
Guess who made one too? Kara actually took several of these wooden crosses over to a friend's house and they came up with their own altered crosses. Here's Kara's cross -
Cute, huh? See, you can make these out of materials you have on hand. This is a great project for you and the kids or the grandchildren. You can make yours all pretty and vintage, and they can have fun with your stash of scrap paper and buttons. Enjoy! Thank you for your comments and follows. xoxo Linking up to: