Happy Weekend Everyone!
This is a vintage matchstick holder that I altered as a gift for my sister Tina's birthday. (The picture on the left is NOT the one I altered but I forgot to take a "Before" picture so it's just a sample of what they look like when they're in the original form.) The one I used was unpainted, bare metal and banged up; nothing as nice as the red one in the photo!! LOL!
I painted the bare metal with a base coat of gesso, then dry brushed Turquoise and copper acrylic paint over it until I was happy with the faux rustic, patina color. I downloaded a sheet of vintage images from this Etsy shop and chose one of the photos of a little girl with a flower cart to use on the back. I printed it out, distressed the edges then glued it to the back of the holder. I also added a faint smudge of TH "Worn Lipstick" distress ink on the flowers.
Next I picked out some vintage trims from my stash that matched the color scheme and glued them around the holder. From there, I went through my stash of paper flowers and chose different ones that I thought went with the trims and the overall color scheme.
After getting those glued on, I chose to use this cute little straw and paper barn owl that I got from Hobby Lobby. It came on a card of three in the natural flower supplies section. I just positioned him on the front of the holder and added more trims and flowers.
I also used some natural white flower-bud sprays that I got from the same section at HL along with some brown wire that I coiled, and just inserted them behind and among the flowers and trim.
Finally, I had these small rustic tin birds, that I picked up in Santa Fe during the same trip home this summer, that I wanted to use on the holder. I added a tiny satin rose and feather to the front of one of them and glued a strong magnet to the back. So now it comes off and can be used as a note holder on the tin or just completely separately.
This is the holder without the little bird:
|The back side showing the vintage image and some metal tags saying "Happy Birthday"|
Here's some photos from other angles:
|You can see here how much of an angle the slant was at.|
|View from the top - You can see how it is banged up in the back|
|My "vision" of it being used as a desktop accessory for pens and business cards!|
TFL, I'm so glad you stopped by!