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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Nancy Davis

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

wayne brown

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

Petticoat Junktion

Love the sign, visiting from Love that Junk

Funky Junk Interiors

Oh Holly, this is so… well, beautiful! 🙂 I had to share it all over the land! Thanks for linking it up! LOVE your nail trick!!

Jeanette@Creating A Life

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

Corn in my Coffee-Pot

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

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage

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

~ Liz ~

Nice work. It's a rustic hit!Liz

Sassy Southern Lady

Cute idea and I like that it involves recycled material.


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


Love this Holly!


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

Julia Terpstra

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


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


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


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.


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

chateau chic

Your rustic sign is fabulous!! Mary Alice

Marina Pérez


Sooo pretty! I really love this!


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

Shabby chic Sandy

Love it!

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic

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


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


Your rustic sign is charming. The wreath is too.


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


BEAUTIFUL indeed, Holly~ xo Diana

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures

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


Great sign, Holly. Love that rustic beauty.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting

Awesome project Holly, love it!!

Blondie's Journal

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

Blondie's Journal

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

Karen Mary Butterfly

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

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence

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

reFresh reStyle

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


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


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


Holly, that project turned out great… Love it…

Lynn Fern

I ditto Cassie's comment!! Love it.

Debra @ Common Ground

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

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper

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