Last year I started a Scrap Wood Series on my blog in the hopes of reducing the ginormous piles of offcuts in my shed. Once a month I’ll be building something new using using leftover bits of wood (or MDF, or plywood …). So welcome to January’s edition of Scrap Wood Series – I’ve got a really easy one for you today.
If you’ve ever met my partner Emma, you know that she loves British memorabilia. Anything with a Union Jack, the Arsenal Football Club or the Royal Family will catch her eye. So when I spotted someone throwing away a perfectly good English tea towel I was quick to bring it home with me. I made sure to give it a thorough couple of washes, telling myself they threw it out because it didn’t match their decor (and not because they used it to wipe up cat vomit).
(No obvious cat vomit.)
Pondering the best (easiest) way to frame it, I stumbled across this idea on Pinterest: to attach a piece of wood at the top and bottom and call it a day.
Start by cutting two strips of wood slightly longer that your tea towel (I used my mitre saw but you could easily use a hand saw). I chose to stain my wooden strips a darker colour to match the nearby shelves but I think paint would look great too – I might try paint next time.
(Obligatory before shot.)
I had some spare triangle hooks (no clue what their real name is) which I think are meant to be hung so the gold plate is visible. After holding them in place so the plate was visible and also reversed so the plate was hidden, I decided to go with hiding the plate at the back.
(Gold plate featured.)
(Gold plate hidden.)
Screw one hook at each end of the top stile then thread string through them. If you don’t have any hook thingys floating around you could just tie the string around each end of the wood.
(Minimalists tune out for a minute; hoarders read on. You know how sometimes you receive a gift tied up with ribbon or string and you think “I can’t throw that lovely piece of string away … it might come in handy one day”? Well today it came in handy! The black and white twine matches the tea towel perfectly. *Hoarding tendencies validated!*)
In the photo above you can see how I used tape to hold the tea towel in place. Once I had the positioning right I went ahead and hot glued the tea towel to the wood. (What on earth did people do before hot glue was invented??)
I’m fairly sure Emma would be happy for this “artwork” to be hung anywhere in the house, but due to my fear of red decor, I decided to hang it in #1’s bedroom. He clearly didn’t get his love of bright colours from me.
(There’s not really a dresser and three strategically placed plants under it but let’s pretend it always looks like this, okay?)
(I love this photo with the bright colours and the crisp white and those gorgeous plants – plants make everything look good.)
If you’re looking for more projects like this to try, feel free to check out my other Scrap Wood projects in my Categories.