Rustic, Recycled…beautiful

I have some large crates that are taken apart in our garage.
My hubby brings them home for the kids to build forts and for my random projects.
I love this simple saying (and the movie).
This is what I started with:

I used a crowbar and hammer to detach the 4×4’s.
(saving them for something else)
Taking all the nails out would’ve taken me a long time so I just left them there and hammered them as flat as I could. (just have to be super careful)
I rubbed it down with dark walnut wood stain and an old t-shirt.
I used some standard stencils to spell out  LiFE iS… BEAUTIFUL.
The wreath is attached with ribbon and a thumb tack.
It sits on our piano.
(there is a mirror behind it because I don’t have another place for it right now)
If you were wondering how these embellished candles would burn….here is a picture.
The mod podge and tissue doesn’t melt or burn – it looks sheer and pretty when lit.
(I never leave them unattended)
Life is Beautiful…(if you choose to see it that way).
You can make rustic art out of pretty much anything…if you like that sort of thing.

if you like this you may also like Old Wood and Chicken Wire Art

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Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
January 21, 2013 4:07 pm

love rustic and recycled…. and life surely is beautiful!

Debra @ Common Ground
January 21, 2013 4:35 pm

we need these daily reminders, and love the perfect rustic weathered look!

Lynn Fern
January 21, 2013 4:36 pm

I ditto Cassie's comment!! Love it.

Mary
January 21, 2013 4:52 pm

Holly, that project turned out great… Love it…

Shannon
January 21, 2013 5:25 pm

It turned out perfect! Love the rustic look to it.

Kristi
January 21, 2013 5:26 pm

LOVE this! I have some pallets outside and you have me wanting to do this NOW with them 🙂 Thanks for sharing!Kristi

reFresh reStyle
January 21, 2013 5:39 pm

I love it Holly! I need some rustic love! Awesome piece.Debbie

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence
January 21, 2013 6:08 pm

This IS beautiful–love the rustic wood and and simplicity of it!

Karen Mary Butterfly
January 21, 2013 6:18 pm

Gorgeous! I love this vignette on the piano. So pretty and serene. Love the saying and the movie too! I DID always wonder how the sheet music embellished candles did melt down. They look pretty. I really need to do that!!Karen

Blondie's Journal
January 21, 2013 6:36 pm

I love this, Holly! You are incredibly talented and creative! It's rustic, beautiful and perfect! XO,Jane

Blondie's Journal
January 21, 2013 6:37 pm

I love this, Holly! You are incredibly talented and creative! It's rustic, beautiful and perfect! XO,Jane

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting
January 21, 2013 7:15 pm

Awesome project Holly, love it!!

Rosemary@villabarnes
January 21, 2013 7:16 pm

Great sign, Holly. Love that rustic beauty.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures
January 21, 2013 7:47 pm

What a beautiful and creative trash to treasure creation. Love it!

NanaDiana
January 21, 2013 8:25 pm

BEAUTIFUL indeed, Holly~ xo Diana

craftyles
January 21, 2013 10:30 pm

It is beautiful. Great job on that pretty sign. I also love those candles and will be trying something similar.

Olive
January 21, 2013 10:54 pm

Your rustic sign is charming. The wreath is too.

Diane
January 22, 2013 12:04 am

Life is indeed beautiful and so is your rustic art sign!

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic
January 22, 2013 12:19 am

I just love everything you do, Holly! This is no exception. Love everything you added to this rustic piece.~Shanon

Shabby chic Sandy
January 22, 2013 12:44 am

Love it!

wendy
January 22, 2013 2:49 am

Gosh, I really like that. Right up my \”style-alley\”

Kerry@homecrushblog.com
January 22, 2013 3:22 am

Sooo pretty! I really love this!

Marina Pérez
January 22, 2013 8:50 am

REALLY BEAUTIFUL!MARINA

chateau chic
January 22, 2013 2:25 pm

Your rustic sign is fabulous!! Mary Alice

Cynthia
January 22, 2013 4:37 pm

Love the sign and the wreath is great with it. Great job.Cynthia

Kelly
January 22, 2013 7:10 pm

You have a knack for taking something ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary! Love how that looks. I really like the candles too. They look so pretty with the pages wrapped around them.

Debbiedoo's
January 22, 2013 9:38 pm

You go girl! I adore this project, it is awesome!

pink*cherub*moon
January 22, 2013 11:38 pm

This is so neat! Love it! Also adore the little box with the embellished candles in it! Very nice vignette! Bet it makes the room so inviting and comfy! Hugs, Leena

Julia Terpstra
January 22, 2013 11:43 pm

I do choose to live my life that way… because LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL! I think one of the reasons that we all love to come here and see what you do and hear what you have to say is because you live this saying out beautifully. Make it a beautiful day! xoxo jules

Katarina
January 23, 2013 1:26 am

I love that movie! It's one of my favorites. The sign is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L! 🙂

Pamela
January 23, 2013 1:28 am

Love this Holly!

Carol
January 23, 2013 12:20 pm

That looks amazing and what a wonderful reminder — love it!

Sassy Southern Lady
January 23, 2013 2:15 pm

Cute idea and I like that it involves recycled material.

~ Liz ~
January 24, 2013 12:52 am

Nice work. It's a rustic hit!Liz

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage
January 24, 2013 2:38 pm

LOVE this piece!! It is so pretty with all it's rustic goodness! The candles are really pretty too!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot
January 25, 2013 2:57 pm

I agree…you can make rustic art out of anything. …and I do. (like that sort of thing) I have always been curious about the embellished candles and how well they burn. thanks for showing us! Pat

Jeanette@Creating A Life
January 26, 2013 4:13 am

Rustic AND pretty-just love it!Jeanette @ Creating A Life

Funky Junk Interiors
January 27, 2013 4:59 am

Oh Holly, this is so… well, beautiful! 🙂 I had to share it all over the land! Thanks for linking it up!https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151371068386141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&type=1&theaterp.s. LOVE your nail trick!!

Petticoat Junktion
January 27, 2013 3:53 pm

Love the sign, visiting from Love that Junk

wayne brown
January 29, 2013 12:18 am

I am going to post some pictures of your messy bedroom when you were young and living at home. It is scary. Yes you have came a long ways Holly. LOVE, Dad

Nancy Davis
December 15, 2014 1:54 pm

Love the message you use in this rustic art of yours.. i’m really not fun of old and pale color arts but I appreciate more the art after I read the message. Thank you Holly!NancyWindow Planet Casement Windows in Toronto

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