Saturday, December 4, 2010

One Man's Trash

You have heard the saying, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." Well this is especially true when you can turn it into some fun art decorations!

At a thrift store several several months back, I found nine small plastic frames for a quarter each. They were hideous (I forgot to take a before picture) and had needle point (at least I think that is what it is called) in them that I just wouldn't have a place for in my house.

Case in point....

needlepoint from old frames

I had plans to paint the frames and figure out a way to write the names of cities we have gone to or want to go to in them. We are slowly converting our bedroom to display travel decor. I set the frames aside and sort of forgot about them.

Several months ago at another thrift store, I found a hiking backpack that someone must have taken on a trip through Europe. It had ten patches from different countries sewn onto it. I thought that it was cool and it was only $4. So I bought it. I didn't know what I was going to do with those patches, but I knew I wanted to do something with them. They were too awesome!

I have a picture of the backpack minus the patches, again, forgot to take a before picture.

travel backpack

The other day, when hiding in the other room while Frankie took care of a little rodent issue, I finally got around to taking the patches off the backpack. That is when I found out that those little patches fit perfectly into those little frames! A project is born!

I bought some black spray paint, which brought this entire project to a whooping $7.25 and painted the frames. I then cut out some cardboard to fit into the frames and onto which I could glue the patches. Viola! Here are the finished results.

patch frames

I find it really neat that there is one from Yugoslavia. Last time those were available was 2003! The one in the top right corner that is hard to read is Belgium and there was one that I didn't have a frame for, that was Luxembourg. Since I can't point to that country on a map and to be honest didn't even know it was a country (did you know that a lot of Americans are really really bad at geography?), I decided to leave that on out.

I really liked the way one man's trash turned into my treasure!