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Art to Honor My Brother

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After I lost my brother, Alex, in Afghanistan last November, I wanted to create art for our home in his honor. It had to be special and memorable, but not totally in-your-face. I made a few simple additions to our frame wall (details for that in my blog post), along with some art created with an old Rubik's cube that he'd discovered in his barrack. Apparently, he'd played with it non-stop after he'd found it. It was returned to us by one of his teammates, along with the rest of his things.
Time: 10 Minutes Cost: $0 Difficulty: Easy
  • art to honor my brother, crafts, diy, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
I decided that I wanted to somehow mount the Rubik's cube and hang it on the wall in our son, Lucas's room. My light bulb moment came when I found this Melissa & Doug tray in Lucas's closet that had come with his modeling clay set...
  • art to honor my brother, crafts, diy, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
I simply painted the back green to coordinate with Lucas's room and attached picture hanging hardware to the back of the tray. I wanted the blue side of the Rubik's cube that Alex had completed in front, since I figured he'd be proud of that. I threaded floral wire through the Rubik's cube accordingly to make that happen...
  • art to honor my brother, crafts, diy, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
...and secured the wire through four holes I'd drilled in the back of the tray...
  • art to honor my brother, crafts, diy, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
Then, I simply hung Alex's art on the wall above Lucas's nightstand...
  • art to honor my brother, crafts, diy, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
I think out of all of the DIYs and crafty projects I've done, this is my favorite and the one I'm most proud of. I think Alex would've liked it, too...
  • art to honor my brother, crafts, diy, repurposing upcycling, wall decor
It adds the perfect amount of color and sentiment to Lucas's room. I love that there's something of his in there. Something that we can remember him by, but that isn't blatantly obvious to others who see it. It's like our little secret (that I've shared with the internet).

To see more: http://operationhomeblog.com/2014/03/31/art-for-alex/

Got a question about this project?

  • Ronja Lotte
    Ronja Lotte Germany
    on Aug 31, 2014

    This is a really beautiful idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • Cynthia H
    Cynthia H Pittston, PA
    on Aug 31, 2014

    This was such a lovely idea! So sorry that you lost your brother. I am grateful to him for serving our country.

  • Z
    Z
    on Sep 1, 2014

    Christina, first and foremost I want to tell you how sorry I am for the loss of your dear brother during the service to our country. My heart breaks for you and your family. What a sweet tribute to Alex in your son's room. God bless you all.

  • NancyLee
    NancyLee Grants Pass, OR
    on Sep 1, 2014

    This brought a tear....know I will never look at a rubik's cube again without considering the sacrifice he and so many others have made serving our country.

  • Heather
    Heather United Kingdom
    on Sep 1, 2014

    I am so sorry that you lost your brother, but you have made a tribute to him which is so special. I think he would be proud of his crafty sis doing this for him.

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