To the Dump, To the Dump, To the Dump, Dump, Dump….

 1 pile of trash +1 pile of sticks = ???

You may remember this (another ugly cabinet door reveal is on the way) corner cabinet door I dug picked up from my neighbor’s trash pile.

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It sat under the deck for days months awhile as I waited for inspiration. That came as I sorted through boxes of holiday decor, separating Halloween from Christmas. I came across a project from last Christmas; a canvas and twig Christmas tree. I thought the double sides of the corner cabinet door would frame twin trees terrifically. (Try saying that three times…fast.)

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Here is an easy tutorial for the thousands two of you hoarders who happen to have a corner cabinet door lying around. No, seriously, you can use a canvas, picture frame, or a single old door you are trying to repurpose. Same technique. You will need:

A pile of sticks and twigs gathered from your yard

A glue gun

A frame or old cabinet door, canvas…anything that will provide the background.

Raffia, silver or gold thread, old jewelry or trinkets.

Here’s how I did it:

  • Cleaned the door with TSP and painted a fresh coat of white latex paint
  • Sanded off the distressed areas and darkened with wax
  • Gathered sticks and twigs of various length and texture
  • Measured the distance I wanted for the bottom twig, and then broke the remaining twigs shorter and shorter until I had achieved the shape I wanted. Placing them on the floor first is a good idea.
  • Laying one side of the door flat, I hot glued the twigs in place and then repeated for the second side.
  • After the twigs were all secure, I wove a strand of raffia through the “branches” and hot glued an old broken earring at the top.

Here, just for display, I added greenery to the top.

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And, look at one of the old bed springs I found in our woods that I told you about in an earlier post. I love rust and burlap, don’t you?

So, the answer to our equation is:

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