Showing posts with label tobacco sticks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tobacco sticks. Show all posts

May 11, 2013

Tobacco Stick Ladder Smaller Size


Today I made a smaller version of my original Tobacco Stick Ladder, which was full size.

I figured not all of us have room for the larger version. And the smaller tobacco stick ladder can be tucked or stashed in many different places than the larger one. Even sat on top of a cabinet to add additional height to a room.

I added some grapevine, along with homespun and a metal hanging star for detail.

For construction of the ladder itself, I used a nail gun because the tobacco sticks are so hard of wood, that you need the force. Otherwise, sitting and tapping with a hammer and small nail really gets you nowhere.

Here's a pic before I finished off the details. You can see the basic structure.


and here's another pic finished:



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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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Dec 7, 2011

TOBACCO STICK STAR | DOOR WREATH

Here is my Tobacco Stick Star


I used some of the old tobacco sticks I had laying around.
 I had my husband nail them with a nail gun in the shape of stars.  

The basic star pattern, laid out on the ground. 
Here they are in full size, laid out. For this door star I had to cut the full size sticks down.

For decoration, I added a handmade bow and glued on some gold beads and here you have it.

But after looking at it with the beads, I really prefer it plain with some homespun ribbon instead of the fancy, gold bow.

It's for sale in my Peddlers Mall Booth #555
Price: $9.99 Sold 
THANK YOU!



Here are a few more tobacco stick stars that I made without anything fancy:
I just dry brushed on some red paint to the edges and added a grapevine wreath to the center

This is one plain before I did any painting or decorations. I sell them like this also. They are great hanging on barns and sheds.
Here is a larger tobacco stick star that I had him nail together so I could stick it around behind my flowers for interest. 

For those of you that don't know what a tobacco stick is. It is actual sticks that are sharpened to a point on each end. 
They were used when growing fields of tobacco. 
And after the cutting of the tobacco in the fields, the sticks (along with spears on the ends) would be shoved through the stalks of the tobacco, one by one, until the sticks were full of tobacco, and then that is how the tobacco was hung in the barns to cure.
Anyways, I cut the ends of each stick (because they are pretty long) and shortened them to make a small enough star for my door. 

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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Nov 21, 2011

TOBACCO STICK LADDER Full Size


Here, I took some tobacco sticks that was once used to work in the fields of tobacco with, and simply cut them and made a cute little ladder. 


I used two alike sizes, close as I could find, for both sides. 

Then took a third tobacco stick, cut it into equal sections and used them as the steps. I used a nail gun with finishing nails to attach it all. 

Then simply cut off the excess nails which protruded through the back with wire cutters. It wasn't hard being as the nails were so small.

To finish it up, I took a little bit of flat black craft paint and barely applied a dash here and there to the edges. Giving it a more "prim" look. And tacked on a bit of plastic berries and a wooden star to the top right corner.

I was using this in my booth  to display ornaments, hanging them from the steps until it sold. 

Price: $7.99 SOLD


This would also be a cute display for smaller Christmas cards also! Or run a cute string of pip berry garland up and around it with some cute white lights. The uses for your country home could be endless!


And here below is a little fence I was practicing making with these tobacco sticks also:


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