DIY Idea: Turn Recycled Paint Brushes into Wall Decor

Halcyon Days

For those who love DIY and craft, that adoration often extends to the tools we use for our projects. Here, Kelly, architect and all around creative who pens the blog Halcyon Days, shows us how she found a way to turn vintage paint brushes into a charming piece of home decor. Here is what you will need:

• Jute from your local hardware or art shop (the strongest you can find)
• Scissors
• Tape to tape of the widths of the stripes to paint the ends
• Your choice of acrylic paint
• Decorative screw and anchor
• Paint brush to paint your stripes
• Gold leaf ( For a project like this I think it's fine to use the fake stuff)
• Gold leaf glue
• Two brushes one for applying the gold leaf glue and one for applying the gold leaf
• Saw for cutting wood post to your specified size.
• Dremel for drilling holes in some of the paintbrushes to string them up
• Drill for anchor and screw and hanging the sculpture

For this project you can either use old paint brushes that you have, ones you find at stoop sales or do as Kelly did and search eBay. She favors vintage horsehair and boar bristle brushes that have some character in the form of well loved handles or cement and paint remnants of projects past.

She knew she wanted to display them but was not sure how to go about it until she sought the advice of her local building recycle center. "It took me forever to figure out how to display them until finally...I came across quite a few of these perfectly weathered and silvered wood posts."

With all the components in place, the next step was to position how she wanted her brushes to hang. From there she drilled holes in the wood post and looped the jute through, tying one end to the post and the other to the hole in the end of a brush.

To add a bright pop of color to the project, she picked several paint colors and even some gold leaf to make stripes at the end of the posts. She used tape to create straight lines to make it easier to get the stripes just right.

Finally, hang the finished piece in your home and enjoy!

See more of Kelly's work: on her website and check out her blog for more creative ideas: Halycon Days

(Images: Kelly Lynn Waters)

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