Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Altered Wooden Crosses

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:


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32 comments:

  1. Very creative! Thanks for sharing.

    Pam

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  2. Vicki,
    These are so nice...really love the first one!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  3. I heart those Vicki! I have a thing for crosses as you know, but these are so cute and personal too...nice job!

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  4. I love, love, love these!! And I can do it. Thanx.

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  5. Hi Vicki
    The crosses are lovely...you have done a great job. The notes and the nest are so precious. I haven't seen any like that at a store around here....I'm going to have to keep my eyes open.
    Judi

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  6. These are just beautiful! I'm always amazed by your talent.

    -Aaron {the girl with the boys name}

    www.mudpiesandmarigolds.blogspot.com

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  7. I love these crosses, Vicki! Just beautiful!
    Hugs,
    Sonya

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  8. Oh wow, Vicki, I love these!!! I want to tell you a Hurricane Katrina story. After the storm, someone saw a man floating on a cross (saw it from a helicopter.) It was actually some firemen...They tried to rescue the man, but realized when they got up close that it was a cross with Jesus on it that came out of a church...it was floating in the water.

    Well, they put it in the middle of the main street here and a woman took a picture of it and that is the symbol of our parish (that photograph.) I have it in my den...it is amazing and represents such HOPE.

    I love your crosses and your beautiful spirit, dear friend.
    XO
    Cindy

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  9. Your crosses are truly amazing. These are just beautiful and I am thrilled that you shared them.

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  10. They are so pretty, I love the vintage look to them. I like the copper wire idea, very nice.

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  11. What beautiful crosses!! My granddaughter would love to make one of these for her Sunday school teacher.

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  12. Beautiful crosses Vicki and your daughter is so creative. She could start her own blog!

    Happy St. Paddy's Day,
    Gail

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  13. Oh Vicki, I LOVE yours and Kara's crosses, their absolutely beautiful, thanks so much for sharing them with us!!!
    hugs~~ Daphne

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  14. What a great idea these are, Vicky! Gorgeous.
    xo
    lynn

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  15. Soooo beautiful! I am going to try this. I'll report back ;)
    Roselle

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  16. I love these, of course my favorite is the one with the nest!:) Happy St. Patty's Day my friend!! xo ♥

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  17. Vicki I love these!
    The nest is such a wonderful touch and fits in so well with the resurrection at easter!
    Thanks so much
    Blessings
    Rebecca

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  18. Thanks! It's so unique! :) I'm going to be thrifting now for old crosses!

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  19. I see you've been having fun engaging in a multitude of projects. And how exciting that your art area is all fixed-up...keep enjoying!

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  20. I love the endless possibilities; both yours n' your daughter's creations!

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  21. thanks for commenting on my cloche.... i agree, i love cloches and apothecary jars!! can't wait to find more!!!

    love all your vintage goodies!!!

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  22. Vicki, these are so spectacular! I love all of them but especially the one with the vintage book paper and jeweled center. They're all gorgeous. Thanks so much for linking up !

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  23. They're all so pretty, but I like the second one best with the lace and vintage jewelry. Great idea!

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  24. They are all gorgeous! What Easter is all about.

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  25. Those are so gorgeous Vicki! What a great way to get the kids involved and I always love seeing how your creative mind works. :-) Love your new profile pic too!
    Thanks so much for linking up to Inspiration Friday this week~
    Vanessa

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  26. Gorgeous crosses Vicki! I would never have thought to do that, you are awesome girl!

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  27. Vicki,
    You come up with the best ideas! The crosses are lovely! My favorite is the first one with the bird's nest and feathers. Your daughter's is pretty clever using the paint chips!
    Rebecca

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  28. Your crosses are beautiful. I like your blog design too! Thanks for your sweet comments!
    Hugs,
    Eloise

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  29. this is such a simple and accessible idea for a gorgeous piece...love the lace, birds nests and sheet music...thanks so much for sharing at fridays unfolded!

    blessings,

    alison
    stuff and nonsense

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