Showing posts with label Americana flag. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Americana flag. Show all posts

Mar 2, 2013

TOBACCO Stick Flag


I love using tobacco sticks in my crafts. I've made tobacco stick chairs, trees and stars. Today I thought I'd give a shot at making an Americana flag.

First, I asked my husband to nail each one together, one by one. Then cut off one end kinda straight. Then here's what it looked like when I got a hold of it:


Next, I took some white acrylic paint and mixed it 5% to 95% all purpose sealer (found in the craft section.) It kinda forms a gel stain typa thing. 



Then I began to paint every other tobacco stick with the gel stain mixture, like so:


Then, after every other one had their first coat. I went back in and did a second coat. Why? Well because tobacco sticks are very dry wood. And they really soak up the first coat.




I really love how the paint mixed with the all purpose sealer looks. It's not too bright, not too dim. It kinda ads a white wash look to it.

Then I thought about how to add some stars. So sticking with the Americana theme, I choose to do one large barn red star surrounded by four navy blue ones. So I got out some star stencils and my Delta brand oil based paints that I use for stenciling.



And here's a pic of the tobacco stick American flag, after the stars are stenciled on:



After the stencil paint dried completely, I gave it a light sanding with some pieces of medium grade sandpaper. Nothing major, just some here and there roughness to make the stars look a bit worn.

And here it is. The final pic of my try at making an Americana flag out of tobacco sticks:




Note: I was inspired to paint every other one white, from a post I saw on Pinterest here. Where she'd made a flag out of boards. It was super cute!





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Primitive Tobacco Stick Grapevine Tree

Tobacco Stick Chair



Americana Tobacco Stick Flag

 

 

 

 

 

 

Primitive Barnwood Tool Box

Nov 24, 2011

TOBACCO STICK CHAIR

Tobacco Stick Chair

Here's a cute, primitive tobacco stick chair my husband made after I drew it out. I wanted something to just sit out in the yard to hold a flower pot for decoration.
Tobacco Stick Chair

With lots of extra tobacco sticks laying around, I've found a few decorative uses for them.
A bunch of old, weathered tobacco sticks I keep in a trash can ready for crafts.
Here is some tobacco sticks I just laid out in the shape of stars.

Looking for the 
I made, (my husband nailed it, as I said where to, lol) this cute tobacco stick chair.
For this one in the top photo, I put a flower pot in it and some grapevine twig garland wrapped at top for decoration. And a piece of homespun tied to it.

It's gonna sit by the entry and hold a sign to welcome guests. I just love it.

Here it is all plain again so you can see it:
 The top really needed another bar across it, but I'm not sure why we didn't add one?
 Oh well, I hung decorations on it.
I also brushed on some streaks of black paint to prim it up a tad. And attached a bit of grapevine along with a hand painted welcome sign to get it ready for sale in the winter month.


UPDATE:
Since many people ask me what tobacco sticks are, I thought I'd add this.
Sorry, I grew up in KY and just thought everyone knew of them.
These old tobacco sticks were used in the fields when growing tobacco, and were speared through the tops of the stalks. 

They were essential for "hanging" the tobacco in the barns to cure. 
A lot of stalks of tobacco could be slid onto one tobacco stick. And then they were then hung up on the rafters in the barn to cure. 

The tobacco looks like this in a bunch:
Photo: By Me of a bunch of real tobacco
Finding a use for old tobacco sticks is pretty challenging. Yet I love the look of them indoors, so I like a challenge. They are a perfect touch for a cute country or prim styled home. The first thing I made turned out looking like a tree of some kind. So I call it my tobacco stick tree. I decorate it with homemade rag ropes and lights of the season.

I ended up putting this in my Peddlers Mall Booth #555, for $19.99. 
SOLD
THANK YOU!

It'd be a great welcome to any guest at your home. 
You can change out the hanging sign to fit your mood or holiday!
I just love it.

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Looking for the 
Here is my first try at making a tobacco stick tree:
Since first making this one, I've started making them way slimmer and about 5ft tall and some even shorter, table top versions.
Here's a link:

Primitive Tobacco Stick Grapevine Tree

And here is my second try at making a tobacco stick tree: 




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Americana Tobacco Stick Flag

Nov 17, 2011

PRIMITIVE TOBACCO STICK TREE

My First Tobacco Tree try
The top photo is my first try at a tobacco stick tree and the bottom photo is my second attempt.
My Skinny Tobacco Stick Tree
My Second attempt at making a tobacco tree.

Finding a use for old tobacco sticks is pretty challenging. Yet I love the look of them indoors.
They add a perfect country touch in a primitive style. And they are a great piece to add a stash of light to a dark corner. So I don't mind the challenge.


To make these the first time, (the top pic, wide style,) I drew out a sketch for my husband.  
A basic triangular shape with braces.
I tried to keep the 4 legs of the tobacco stick tree all original sizes and not to cut them.

And after about 20 minutes of him in the garage with the saw and nail gun, this is the first one he brought me.
He said getting nails into the old hardwood sticks was the hardest part, so it's best to use small screws if you can.


I grabbed a 15' piece of grapevine garland.  It looks like this.

And it's already got the twirly affect when you unwind it a bit.
 I just start to run it up and around the Tobacco stick tree like this.

And then continue until you get to the top.
 I am thinking about going back and adding a few more strings of the grapevine garland to fill it in more.

But, don't worry if you don't have any grapevine garland because it is also super cute with with homemade rag ropes , a bit of pip-berry garland and lights of the season.

And I also like them with a small strand of lights.


I call it my tobacco stick tree.

Since making this very first one, I've made many more with a few different options now. I prefer the skinnier ones that are wrapped in grapevine. To see them, click here.
My Skinny Tobacco Stick Tree
This is my second try at making a tobacco stick tree. I prefer it like this. The slim version.

I also figured out these make great uses in the garden also. Like this pic below where I have a cucumber plant underneath and allowing it to grow up a tobacco stick tree.


And anyways, 
I even made one of these tobacco stick trees to go over my tomato plant also.


That's a cute mini tobacco stick chair holding the flower pot of peppers beside it and here's a larger version I made also:
Click for TOBACCO STICK CHAIR

I made these to sell in my Peddlers Mall Booth #555, and have recently been making other items such as:

You may also like these Primitive Crafts:

Primitive Tobacco Stick Grapevine Tree

Tobacco Stick Chair



Americana Tobacco Stick Flag

 

 

 

 

 

 

Primitive Barnwood Tool Box