I will call this project 'Deer in Winter Wonderland'. I know what you are thinking. She doesn't do junk crafts...she is suppose to build junk projects...with tools and stuff. Well, that is typically true, but I decided to surprise you!
You see, I have these vintage plastic animals and had been trying to get Mr. Deer in one of my Country Home's shots over the years, but it just never seemed appropriate. I brought Mr. deer to multiple photography sessions, even the non-holiday ones, hoping he could at least be used as a prop. No such luck. He never made the cut. So this was Mr. Deer's big chance to actually make it into the photo!
My goal was to come up with a project that used a bookend that nobody wanted and a plastic deer with the same story. Quite the challenge!
I started by spray gluing the bookend and dumping glitter over it. (Be sure to catch the excess in a piece of paper so you can reuse.) I covered the deer's body and did the same with his antlers in a rose gold color. I chopped down a bottle brush tree I scavenged from a box in the basement and gave it a thimble base.
Rummaging through my tub of vintage jewelry scraps I found a bracelet, a clock face, and 2 earrings. I glued part of the bracelet to a permanent wave clip and attached one of the earrings to the top with super glue. Note: Wear gloves during the glue process. I didn't. Ooops!
I wrapped Mr. Deer's neck with a fuzzy green pipe cleaner and a metallic silver string then embellished with the 2nd clip earring. I added a touch of ric rac to the edges of the bookend with craft glue, threaded a watch face on a piece of metallic ribbon and clipped it on with the permanent wave clip crown. The final step was to glue the tree and the deer to the reimagined bookend.
I am still sparkling from all the misdirected glitter, but must admit it was really fun! It reminded me of when I was in grade school and made little houses for bugs.
What's my next project? I am heading to the hardware store to pick up a couple items.