Sunday, 29 June 2014

Recycling and Wooden Things

I have collected quite a few wooden items that I have stashed away for future crafty projects so it was a nice surprise to see that the Artful Times challenge 58 this fortnight is Made in or on wood. I chose a wooden tea light holder. This is what I started with :

Back in March I made a birthday card for a friend using an old ordnance survey map, I still have panels of that map left so for my tea light holder I decided to recycle some more of that map. This is the result:

The box is painted with Paperartsy Fresco Finish paint : Nougat.
Panels of the map are stuck to the box with Mod Podge and trimmed to fit with a craft knife.
The landscape is cut from green cardstock using a Memory Box die called Modern Landscape Border.
Add a tea light (I just happed to have an apple green one to match, lucky accident).

I still have more map panels and to use up the left over die cut border, I made a quick card which I will enter in the Less is More Challenge, Week 178 Recipe : to use a recycled item. My recycled item being the map.

I quite like the way the river meanders across the card, another lucky accident as it wasn't intentional.
Happy Crafting.


  1. Fantastic tea light holder. love the map and the die, they go very well together. The card is great as well. Many thanks for sharing your wonderful creation.

  2. I love both of these! The card design is brilliant, a very clever idea. I need to remember this for the next time I'm stuck for a 'male' card!
    Thank you for visiting my blog.

  3. This is great way to use your map!
    Super card.
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  4. The tea light holder looks wonderful.

    Another Chrissie xx :)

  5. Julia what a fab idea, the map and die are made for each other, super recycling!
    Thank you very much for your entry into this week's Less is More Challenge
    LIM Designer

  6. A great idea to use the old map, aren't they useful. A lovely project for sharing with us on Artful Times, thank you.

  7. Two great makes Julia and nice to see you getting crafty again, it's been too long!


  8. Ohh that card is super !!

  9. Oh, brilliant use of the map - love that wood block candle holder, it's fabulous!
    Alison x

  10. Love both your projects. I have recycled maps before in my crafting but not for a while. I should do some more as I have an old road atlas stashed away ready to use. Love that Memory Box die too. Stef

  11. A beautiful example of recycling
    Thanks for sharing
    Less is more

  12. Lovely tea light holder and matching card. x

  13. That is so pretty, very restful I should imagine with the tea light lit. I love the card too and yes, the river is a wonderful 'happy accident'.
    What a lovely gift that would make (if you can bear to part with it)
    Hugs, and Thanks for joining us at Artful Times, Neet xx

  14. The tea holder looks awesome. The die-cut is just perfect as a border with the map.