Repurposed Slate Welcome Sign
Find & Fix it Friday
Oh, you know what junkers we are by now (if you have stopped by our blog before). Sam and I get a total thrill from transforming junk into treasure that reflects style. Yep, I said “thrill.” I think I am going to coin it “Junker’s High!”
Case in point, when I found this old piece of slate that was once a stylish slate roof. Yes, it had two holes in it, but the material was so cool that I knew I could transform it somehow…..so I brought it home. A little head-scratching and furrowed brow was all it took to figure out what to do. The obvious was to ignore the holes and use it as a cool cheese board (gahhh I love cheese too much!), but I went a slightly less predictable direction. Hahaha. I saw a cool welcome sign floating around in my head….the perfect alternative to an outdated wreath, right? Check it out! Supplies
1 piece of slate roof tile (or something with a similar feel)
cut rags from cotton cloth in your fav color
Sharpie oil based white markerPoking the rag strips through the holes, I pulled it through so that it would be longer in the front than the back. Then, I cut the shorter back end in half, lengthwise.This allowed me to wrap it around the front, longer piece. Making a simple knot, it felt very secure.Time to play with leather! I am in love with tassels right now, so I cut strips for a leather tassel. Ahhh, yes, my front door sign has gots to be swanky, y’all!Pulling the two long rags up, I made a simple knot and trimmed them so that they were only a couple of inches from the knot.
Then, I cut up those ends to make some rag tassels.Time to layer on the leather strands. I simply layered them around my knot and then secured them by wrapping copper wire around the knot many, many, many times!
Now I have a cool, funky tassel. I love the color combo of this peach cotton and stone colored suede.Since I loved the colors so much, I balanced things out by tying a couple of pieces of leather around the rag knots I made earlier. So cute! Like little leather bows.I thought it needed a little more, and I really wanted to see that copper wire! So, I went a little wrap-crazy 🙂I love the texture that the wire created with the cotton rags!Now that my basic sign was ready to hang, it was time to scribe.Since my sign was so different, I decided against a traditional “Welcome” for my front door.Perfect! You can hang this with a wreath hanger or a nail. Your call! But, I do recommend using some poster tacky stuff or museum wax on the back of the sign. It will help secure the sign so it does not rattle every time some one opens and shuts the door (THAT would be annoying!).“Hello” friend!
Cheers to up-cycling and cheers to having an open door!