Girls' night at the's nothing but fun!!!

August 6th, 2009 in blog, projects     
shabbychick Kathy Stantz, contributor
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All potted up for a rusty wreath! ---- pieces and parts from Carols wreath.
Heres a great spool of old wire...rusted to perfection - and the perfect accessory/wrapping material for our wreaths.
Heres just part of the line up!  We had more than enough junk to play with (surprise, surprise!!)!
Terris version - with a cute little bird perched on a tool.
Pieces and parts from Terris wreath - so cute!
Carols version - with a great pot of junk growing on the side!
Robins version - lots of great junk here!
Pieces and parts of Robins can never have too many rusty tools (or faux rust in a can)!
My version - I love the little hanging pieces...
A little closer...  And a sweet little copper (faux rusted) flower cart fits in quite nicely!
Tools, more copper flower junk, and a tiny garden glove...
A little bench with an itsy bitsy watering can
All potted up for a rusty wreath! ---- pieces and parts from Carols wreath.

All potted up for a rusty wreath! ---- pieces and parts from Carol's wreath.

Me and three of my bestest friends, or is it three of my bestest friends and I...anyway - us girls (Carol, Robin, Terri and I), had one of our "Girls' nights" at our workshop the other night.  It's a great place for us to play (aka create fabulous projects and have lots of fun) - and not have to worry if we make a mess, make too much noise, or act too silly (not that we worry about that a whole lot anyway)!

We had two projects in mind, and I'll share one of them for now...  It was a junky/rusty wreath we had seen at a friend's house and we wanted one of our own!  So.....over the last couple months we've been collecting pieces and parts (garden tools, tiny watering cans, and other miscellaneous pieces of metal paraphernalia) to make these rusty creations!  Some of the pieces we found were those old coppery wall decorations (from the 60s??? - kinda cheesy looking by themselves...) - they made perfect focal points for our wreaths.

We used a wire wreath form for the base, and loosely wrapped some wide burlap trim around to hide some of the wire.  We then tried to decide what to put on first...decisions, decisions (we had too many that was the problem...!).   So, starting with the larger pieces first (on mine, it was the coppery flower cart), and then added the garden tools and cans, and etc........  

I had gotten a large spool of perfectly rusted wire at a garage sale - and it worked great in attaching everything.  One nice thing about this project was that we didn't have to worry about hiding the wire - it was part of the "trim"! 

Another good thing about this project, was that perfection was the furthest thing from our minds...a bit of a test for Carol (the perfectionist in the group) - but she passed with flying colors!!

After we had them all together, we added a little moss here and there (with a glue gun) to fill in some gaps.  The final step was making it all "look" rusty (some pieces were galvanized metal, copper, or too "new" looking) - so I had a can of brown Rustoleum primer that we lightly sprayed on the pieces that needed some age added - that really made the whole wreath come together in rusty perfection!

I'm going to hang mine on my front porch, and may even make a couple to sell (maybe even different "themed" wreaths...the sky's the limit).  This was a really fun project -not too difficult to do - and an awesome look...AND best of all BIG FUN with my girlfriends!!

 P.S.  Oh...There are more pics on my!  For a little extra entertainment! :)


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Comments (17)

suewhitney writes: Oh, oh girls just a wanna have fu un. Nice job, Kath! Love the end result of your girls juking night. Posted: 8:35 am on August 10th
JunkArchitect writes: What a fun project and it looks so "aged". I need to pick up some of the brown really looks like rust.

Posted: 12:28 pm on August 9th
writes: What a great post Kathy - and what FUN! Georgia and I do the same thing and have such a great time. And FUN is what it is all about!

Thanks for sharing :-)

JennyK Posted: 1:43 am on August 9th
shabbychick writes: Thanks everybody for your nice comments - sounds like we all should get together for one big junk weekend (sounds good Laurel)! It could be a "BYOJ" (bring your own junk...ha ha!!) event! Hmmmm...

My friends and I have a blast - on our trips, project nights, and a lot more! The four of us have been friends for almost 30 years (since our kids were born) - so, it is definitely a blessing to have them to share all kinds of "junk" with!!

Alice - there is definitely always some kind of food involved! :) (and almost always chocolate - haha!)

Lani...ya never know (Sue's got lots to share!! - wink wink!)

Thanks again - hope to see a few wreaths posted soon!

Take care, Kathy

Posted: 5:58 pm on August 7th
luvstojunk writes: This is a great project, I would love to try one or two! Great use for old rusty things that you don't know what to do with! How much fun!!! Posted: 4:04 pm on August 7th
CottageElements writes: Kathy, sounds like you girls had a great time! I might have to plan one of my own with my girlfriends. Maybe we can even try to get one in while your here??? But then again I think our time is pretty well planed out. Thanks for taking us on your creative journey!

Lani Posted: 11:29 pm on August 6th
junkermidge writes: Such a fun night! And your wreaths turned out great. Great post.
Midge Posted: 10:28 pm on August 6th
oldnews writes: My best friend Charlie and I have lots of those work days and they are absolutely the best days ever! I love your wreaths but love even more the fact that you take the time with good friends to make them! Thanks for sharing them with us, and I hope to see lots more of your joint efforts! Marie Posted: 10:27 pm on August 6th
chippingcharm writes: Fun, fun, fun...I would love to have a junking "Girl's Night"...or better yet a whole weekend :) Thanks for sharing, Laurel Posted: 9:59 pm on August 6th
monakent writes: WOW, how much fun you all must have had!!!! The projects turned out great. Each one has their own personality. I can see where this could become addicting. You are sure lucky to have friends to share with. gailmarie Posted: 7:59 pm on August 6th
alicemom writes: Oh Kathy! I am soooooo junkin' girl friend just moved away. In stead of walking distance. I am so happy for you to hve girls junk night! Is there food involved? You must keep up your strength! Thanks so much for sharing.
smiles, alice Posted: 2:50 pm on August 6th
RustyDiva writes: Oh Kathy, this is a project after my own rust lovin heart!!!! Can you believe I don't already have one? Desire is great but my time is short......soon, soon. Thanks for sharing and kudos to a girls junk celebration!

Kenda Posted: 2:22 pm on August 6th
smiller0529 writes: Great project! Posted: 2:20 pm on August 6th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: This looks and sounds like such a fun idea! I'm glad to see you have loads of like-minded girlfriends! Great projects by everyone too!
Candy Posted: 1:44 pm on August 6th
fellowjunker writes: Kathy,
These wreaths look fun and fabulous.........what a GREAT idea.....a great project for rusty pieces of junk. I think I will try one as well.
xojanis Posted: 1:17 pm on August 6th
lutrell writes: great idea .a fun thing to do with your girlfriends Posted: 12:20 pm on August 6th
thehillbillies writes: ooh- I LoVe it!!! How great it must be to get together with junkin friends and have a creative and fun night! Posted: 10:54 am on August 6th
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