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Rustic crafts have become almost mainstream.
With the interest in saving the environment, people all around the globe have also become fascinated with using natural materials and found items to decorate their habitats and gardens.
You can join this exclusive group by using some of these ideas to utilize wildcrafted bounty, rustic salvage and treasures from the thrift store to make garden art and rain chains, twig décor and much more.
Begin the mesmerizing journey of looking at the world in the rustic way and you’ll never go back to accepting the plastic, the fake or the just plain wasteful.
You will have become a rustic artisan, using salvage to make unique crafts for your garden, and adding the palette of age, patina and weathered to enhance your surroundings.
Salvaged art can be made from what most people call trash.
The first step is to train your eye to see crafts in the mundane, the trash and junque that fills the world around us.
Seeking out and seeing the gem in the garbage is the key – garage and yard sales, thrift stores, recycle centers and basement clean out days are a good place to start.
Have some idea of what to focus on – I use these key words and phrases when I tell others what I’m looking for – you may have a different set of focus words:
Once you have a theme, take it and run with it. Others will see your crafts and start searching out the same things, so get in there first, and make sure you have a good stock of items for your salvaged art.
Before you think that making rustic crafts is too difficult, I have to remind you that I make all these crafts myself; occasionally you may need a hand with one or two things, such as holding the pieces together while you nail them.
How do you get started? That's easy - get some ideas here, such as this Styrofoam planter project.
This leads me to another thought; always be clear, both in your own mind, and in your instructions. Never assume that your helper can read your mind!
Look on the page about easy rustic projects for a few simple crafts to start with. Above all, be safe.
Rustic crafts can be addictive, but luckily, these items are mostly seen as trash and garbage. Please share your trash into art by posting some pictures.
Please share! If you're into creating fun accessories for your garden, porch or home, I want to know all about it!
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