Amazing Friends, today is the final day of my Posts of Christmas Past series, and I am so excited about this one…it is one of my favorite holiday upcycles!
I’m sharing how I turned skis that I found on my neighbor’s curb into awesome Christmas decor!
I couldn’t believe they were throwing away these perfectly good skis:
This was only a few months after we moved in and I saw that a POD was being delivered to the vacant house next door. 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 one of the bedrooms 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 told them.
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):
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 checked bow (also Hobby Lobby) can do!
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 a few years ago:
It’s a shame they closed theirs stores. They used to have the most realistic greenery. I bought several of these when they were marked down quite a bit after Christmas and use them throughout our home to decorate.
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 the day I took these so I didn’t get many photos out from under the porch, but here is one…
And one more…
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 also:
I kept this tall set:
I loved the height of them.
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!
You can see more of our front porch decorated for Christmas last year HERE. It looks pretty much the same this year except we added a porch swing on the side!
I have really enjoyed meeting ya’ll here each day this week, and I hope you enjoyed it too!
If you missed any of this weeks posts, you can see them all at the links below:
I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and I’ll see ya’ll back here Tuesday with my Trash to Treasure friends sharing what I did with this old headboard and footboard:
Update: I am so excited about this one, Ya’ll! See what I did with these pieces HERE now!
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