Friday, October 21, 2016

Grateful - Altered Vintage Grater

It's no secret that I love all things vintage.  Anything with a warm, aged patina immediately catches my eye and my heart. 

I have created a fall / Thanksgiving themed decor piece using a vintage grater - - what could be more perfect for this time of year when we are so very grateful for so many things in our lives (I hear the groans -- but come on, who doesn't like a good play on words?!)

 Let's get busy!


Flat Grater (vintage or new - check the Dollar Store and age it yourself!)
Cardstock scraps - Kraft
Chipboard sheet (or heavy board from back of a writing tablet or something similar)
Brown Ink
Vintage Image or Photo (trimmed to approx. 2 1/4 x 3 1/2)

  • Cut a piece of chipboard 3.25" x 4.25"
  • Cut a piece of Leaf GlitterCardstock  3.35" x 4.25"
  • Cut a mat from Kraft cardstock just slightly larger than your chipboard piece
  • Cut a strip from Kraft cardstock 3/4" x 4" and using your scissors or banner punch, trim one end
  • Cut pieces for your flag banner from Leaf Glitter Cardstock (I used a triangle banner punch) use the striped side of paper for contrast
  • Cut a mat for your image using Crackle Glitter Cardstock (I used the non-glitter side)

  • Ink edges of all paper pieces and chipboard
  • Assemble photo mat - glue Leaf Glitter Cardstock to chipboard, then chipboard to Kraft mat.

  • Mat your vintage image (mine is from Gecko Galz) or photo with Crackle Glitter Cardstock and glue to center of your layered mat
  • Cut your Doillie Die Cut in half, dot glue along cut edge and layer under edge of your image
  • Glue a strip banner lower 1/3 of image (I used my printer to add the word "grateful" - you could also use stamps or letter stickers)
  • Add a Dew Drop to strip banner for accent
  •  Assemble banner - double twin, fold and glue banner flags over top.  Tie a knot in each end.  Cut a length of Green Ball Ribbon - this ribbon has wire running through it, insert end of wire into knots at each end of twine and twist to secure.  
  • Tie banner to handle of grater and trim ends to desired length.

  • Attached foam dots to back of your image piece and attach to front of grater, allowing banner to skim across top.

Display on a hook, or tucked into a bowl full of walnuts or pine cones on your table.

 And remember, next time you are at a flea market or yard sale, don't pass up those old rusty kitchen gadgets -- make something beautiful with The Robin's Nest!

Thanks for stopping by - have a creative weekend!


Charity said...

What a perfect collage of crafty items!

Charity said...

What a perfect collage of crafty items!

Katie Lamb said...

Lovely card

Karen said...

Fun project and I liked your play on words!

Colleen said...

What a great card, love the bright colors.

The Robins Nest OCrowley said...

Great project! I love your vintage kitchen gadget! -and the colors are perfect!

Tracy F. said...

This is so cute! I have one of these vintage graters and I still use it.....can't alter it yet!

Carmen Crosseti Cohen-Henriquez said...

Love it!

Michelle Wells said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!! This is gorgeous! Love repurposing "everyday" common goods into something fantastic, which is exactly what you have done with this!

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