I am really excited about today’s project. I mean really, really excited! On a recent trip to my local Dollar Tree, I discovered these bright orange safety cones. What caught my eye was 1) their shape and 2) the fact that you get two of them for a dollar.
As I drove home, my mind was racing with ideas. What would I make?
Something for my granddaughter? Something for my daughter?
Not this time.
I’m making something for me.
This project cost me about ten dollars to make yet it totally looks like something you could find in a Pottery Barn catalog. It’s glamorous yet simple. It’s farmhouse chic without being ordinary.
It’s totally original.
Here’s a list of materials you’ll need:
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- set of safety cones (7 inches tall)
- foam brush
- white acrylic paint
- three spools of gimp braid (or ricrac or ribbon) *We purchased our gimp braid at Walmart in-store for $2.97 each.
- hot glue gun
- lots of glue sticks
- two five-inch wood rounds *I found mine at Michael’s for 50 cents a piece.
- walnut gel stain (I used this one)
- old rag
Video Tutorial (see what I made!)
A few tutorial notes:
I painted the cones white so the orange wouldn’t show through the braid.
When you apply the braid (or ricrac or ribbon), be sure to overlap it a bit so it has a layered, polished appearance.
To make the topper, I simply rolled a long piece of gimp braid into a circle and glued it to the top. I smashed it down with my hands so it looked more natural. You’ll see what I mean. 😉
The wood bases are totally optional but considering each wood piece was only 50 cents at Michael’s, I think it adds to the elegance of the tree and breaks up all the white.
Here’s a pic of the finished project!
Scatter in some bottlebrush trees and you’ve got yourself a cute (and cheap) vignette.
That ceramic house was made by great Aunt at least 50 years ago! Nothing says Christmas like this vintage ceramic house.
The red truck with the Christmas tree is another Michael’s find.
This area looks so pretty lit up at night.
Isn’t she pretty?
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