C. D. Scallan
C. D. Scallan
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  • Saint Amant, LA

Upcycled Wood Challenge for the Week

4 Materials
$10
5 Hours
Easy

Before I begin this tutorial, I really must give props to my nine year old son for being my (at first) reluctant photographer, then enthusiastic muse. As the project progressed, he gave me so many great ideas, that he may now permanently fill the position of photog, and we will be posting some more projects that we came up with together soon.
upcycled wood challenge for the week
This week's challenge was to work with wood and I found these funky old salt and pepper grinders at an antique shop in Washington, LA this weekend. I got the inspiration from Pinterest to turn them into characters of sorts so I started off by washing them really well.
upcycled wood challenge for the week
Then I let them dry in the sun

upcycled wood challenge for the week
Next I sanded them down and then wiped all the dust off of them.
upcycled wood challenge for the week
Next, I sprayed on a primer. I've never used a spray on primer before and I don't know if they all do this or if it was just this particular brand but had a flocking effect, like fake snow. It worked in my favor since the characters Matt and I decided to create are snowmen. We let the primer dry in the sun for about an hour.
upcycled wood challenge for the week
Then I followed up with a coat of white satin spray paint.
upcycled wood challenge for the week
After letting the paint dry for an hour or so, we brought them inside to create the faces. I used a black Sharpie to color a white twist tie that came with the garbage bags to make the mouths. I cut off the tips of some old toy traffic cones for the noses and used E6000 to glue them all onto the faces . I used a black paint pen to paint on the eyes and the buttons.
upcycled wood challenge for the week
I tied some old leftover wire form plaid ribbon on for the scarves.
upcycled wood challenge for the week
And Mr. and Mrs. Frosty are complete! I don't decorate for the Christmas season until after Thanksgiving, but that doesn't mean I can't start making things now! What is your favorite holiday tradition?
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2 questions
  • Jody Bilyeu Wright
    on Oct 23, 2017

    I love love love your up cycled snowmen. Have you thought about using orange wire nuts for snowman noses?
    • C. D. Scallan
      on Oct 23, 2017

      No I haven't . The little cones actually came to from a construction job my husband worked on. He brought a bunch of them home for the boys to play with and they have outgrown them.
  • Linda
    on Nov 12, 2017

    Any way to make the snowman usable? I would to make the salt and pepper usable, and I am not sure spray paint is good
    • C. D. Scallan
      on Nov 12, 2017

      I have to agree with you that spray paint is not good . These were old and so dirty when I found them that I didn't want to make them usable .

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