Hi everyone! Hope you all had a nice weekend–we are down two out of four cars, so we had an interesting time of it, but we made it work. I popped into two estate sales on Friday in the space of an hour and a half–that’s my superpower–making the most of any amount of time I’m allotted for vintage shopping. Ha ha. Saturday my sweet husband and I visited a [new to us] junk shop, followed by a quick jaunt to the historic city of Kingston (NY), about an hour south of us. So look for posts with vintage finds and architectural photos coming up soon.
Vintage Wall Art
Leading up to Christmas, I shared a number of different vintage-y projects that sold at the big craft fair I do every year around the holidays. I have one more project that I’ve held in reserve since it’s not specifically a Christmas project. It’s an anytime project that doesn’t require many materials or much time at all. I can’t take credit for the idea because I feel sure I’ve noticed it several times on Pinterest and elsewhere. The basic idea involves framing small vintage items on some sort of nice, old paper, like pages from a dictionary or sheet music. Or how about an antique letter that contains terrific hand-writing? Well, that’s what I used to create some vintage wall art, and I guess other’s liked them as much as I because they sold quickly at $12.00 each.
Framed in red, they fit right in with all of the Christmas I had for sale.
I used this beautiful letter filled with old-fashioned handwriting for the background and you can too(!). You can download it as a PDF and use it for as many projects as you like. I picked it up in an antique store near Pittsburgh. Though I spent more than I would have liked ($3.00), I’ve used it for several projects, including the photographs below, so it’s turned out to be a very wise purchase.
Once you’ve selected your background paper, you’ll need to round up a frame or two. I scooped up several of those medium brown, oak ones you see everywhere at a junk shop for 12¢ each (I know, strange price point, right?). I spray painted them black, but of course, buy or paint them any color you like, if you need to.
Then you’ll need some vintage scissors. (Or some other cool vintage something or other, how about vintage keys, a neat piece of jewelry, or an old pen?)
I’ve lately begun to recognize that scissors form another “accidental” collection of mine. Fortunately, they are nicely corralled in a large, glass flower frog on my desk. I’ll be posting about the entire collection sometime soon.
These vintage, folding scissors, from Germany, would look nice framed, wouldn’t they?
And while I think this tiny 2 1/2″ pair would look marvelous framed, I can’t bring myself to do it. Aren’t they just darling? In the end, I chose the most interesting, but least valuable pairs (in my mind) to frame. I didn’t want to ruin special scissors by gunking them up with glue.
So once you’ve assembled all of your materials, cut the vintage paper to size, along with a piece of thick cardboard to hold everything in place, insert it into the frame and hold it in place with small nails or glazier points. Dab some glue on the high points of the back of your scissors and set them on your paper, allow it to dry overnight. Once dry, back your frame and attach a hanger of some sort.
Here’s another one that I made for the craft fair. I definitely like the red and the thicker width of these frames. What do you think?
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