Can I tell y’all how excited I am that it’s Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday?? Amazing Friends, today I have actual trash to share which is even better! So y’all know how I moved into a new neighborhood, right? These nice people don’t really know how I like to pick through their trash that they leave on the curb, in search of potential treasures…except now they probably do.
It’s all thanks to these perfectly good skis:
I saw that a POD was being delivered to the vacant house next door, and I was excited that we would soon have new neighbors. The next day I saw a huge pile of stuff on the curb and thought it was weird that someone would wait to move to purge all that junk. I mean why would they pack stuff they didn’t want?
So I decided to be all neighborly and go introduce myself (and get a closer look at that pile of potential) when I noticed the pile included three pairs of perfectly good skis! (One set is missing from the photo above.)
Photo of said pile from my porch:
It turns out that the lady I met was the homeowner and she had been renting the house out. She had been using the fifth bedroom to store her own things and had decided that most of it just needed to go…like three perfectly good sets of skis!
I introduced myself and asked if she minded if I took the skis for a holiday project and she was more than happy to let me have whatever I wanted. I did restrain myself though and just took the skis. So of course my neighbors saw me walking back with them…”They’re going to be fabulous Holiday décor!”, I tell them.
And I think they did turn out pretty fabulous if I do say so myself:
It’s amazing what spray paint, some pretty greenery (Hobby Lobby), and a big fat buffalo checked bow (also Hobby Lobby) can do!
My Hubby removed all of the bindings for me, and I gave them a couple of coats of Rustoleum spray paint in Colonial Red (satin finish):
Here is one of the smaller pairs:
I made this set from a couple of greenery bunches I picked up at Pier One after Christmas last year:
They have the most realistic greenery. I bought several of these when they were marked down quite a bit last year, and used them throughout our home to decorate. I’ll be sharing more Christmas décor soon!
This project really could not have been any easier. After painting them (one coat on the backs, and two coats on the fronts), I drilled a small hole through the centers using a regular old drill bit. I criss-crossed them just how I wanted and then drilled right through both skis.
Then I added a small nut and bolt to hold them together:
I trimmed up the greenery stems a bit and then wired them right onto the skis using floral wire:
I added a little more wire to each stem where you can’t see as well to hold them securely in place.
Then I added another ready-made bow from Hobby Lobby to finish it off!
Such a pretty addition to our holiday porch!
The rain was moving in so I didn’t get many photos out from under the porch, but here is one…
And one more…
I just love this big porch!
Here is the third set I did:
I found that sign and that more sparkly greenery at Michaels.
And how about that adorable door swag? I found that at Michaels this year on Black Friday:
I dropped off two sets of skis to my booth and kept this tall one:
I loved the height of these.
You could add these to just about any corner of your home for a festive touch. Adding a little set of battery-operated lights would make them even prettier!
Of course I loved these as well…just something about that natural looking greenery!
Don’t go anywhere just yet! My Trash-to Treasure girls are sharing makeovers today too!
I’ll be back on Thursday sharing my finished dining room decked out for Christmas! I was able to get the rest of the chairs to my dining set painted, so I can finally check that project off the list woohoo!
UPDATE: See how my dining set turned out plus see my dining room all ready for Christmas HERE now!
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