Today, I got a fantastic gift from my lovely friend Sal Scheibe, who made me (among other things) these two incredible wooden tag ornaments:
From the second I saw them, these instantaneously became two of my most beloved possessions. Seriously, if you came to my house, I would let you look at them, but I might not let you touch them unless you gave me a cookie or a million dollars or something. That’s how much I love them. I didn’t want to wait for some far-off winter holiday to show them off; I wanted to hang them up now! TODAY!
In a rush of excitement, I scrapped (okay, postponed) my existing plans for this week’s “Living with Art” blog and started brainstorming ways to display them in my kitchen. In the end, I put together this found object display in about 30 minutes, from start to finish.
The project is deeply flexible and completely forgiving, so if you want to make one for yourself, you can swap out the pieces that I had on hand for pieces that you have on hand. Hear me now and believe me later: If you have an object you can drill through, you have an object you can use for this project, whether it’s a tin plate, a pie tin, a license plate, a 45, or a cribbage board.
To get started, locate the exact center of your object, both vertically and horizontally. For the sake of your own sanity, don’t use your eyeball; use a ruler or a measuring tape, because if you miss by even a little bit, your display will be crooked, and you will curse yourself, like this: CURSES!
Once you find the center, drill a hole on either side of the center point and insert a jump ring.
Now you’re ready to drill holes for your ornaments to hang from, making sure the holes are at equal distances from the center.
Once the drilling is complete, you’re ready to decorate the underside of your object. I decided to keep things clean, simple, and bold, just like Sal’s ornaments. After laying down a few coats of white, I spiced things up with a smattering of red polka dots.
With my ornaments in place, I screwed a cup hook into the ceiling.
Every time I walk into the kitchen, it seriously makes me smile. I love polka dots. And I love Sal’s art! (To keep up with Sal, by the way, check out her blog!)