Sunday, March 6, 2016

Trough Box & Faux Cotton Branches

We have been using a lot wood lately in our home makeover projects.  When I see the leftover pieces of wood, I think of all the little things we can make with them.  A trough box was at the top of my list.
I showed Cody what I wanted and thought that sooner or later he could make me one.  Twenty minutes later, this is what he made me!   
I put some vinegar and steel wool stain on it and went to town filling it up with pretty things.  I shopped the house and yard and was able to find a nice variety of things to put in it. 
Bed springs, horse shoes, silk flowers, candles and rag balls are both shabby and rustic, vintage and farmhouse.  Some of the things I love! 
I am sure that I will be adding and subtracting until I get it just the way I like it.  But for now, I think it's perfect sitting on my dining room table. 
I have also been crushing on cotton lately.  We don't have cotton fields in Idaho and I have honestly never seen cotton "out in the wild".  I tried my hand at making my own cotton branches and it is the perfect focal point for my new trough box. 
I cut egg cartons into petals and painted them brown.  I pulled cotton balls apart and formed them into bigger balls that were glued inside the petals.  I gathered twigs from the yard and glued the cotton blossoms onto them.   
I think they look pretty good and I love the way they look in an aqua Ball jar.   
Cody didn't realize how easy it would be to make a box like this or how much he would like the end result until he made one.  Now he wants to make a whole bunch in all different shapes and sizes and sell them.  I think that is a fantastic idea! 
I love having a handy husband who can take my wild ideas and turn them into something like this! 
I am not sure if it is a good or bad thing that I was able to shop my house and find all this stuff to fill it but I am glad that I had all of it either way! 
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12 comments:

Stacey said...

So many things to love about this. First, you asked and received immediately. How lucky. :) I love the way you decorated the trough. The flowers, cotton, and springs make such a fun combination. :)

Jessica Pelasky said...

Oh my gosh. This looks SO cute! :)

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a wonderful trough your hubby built you, Trisha! And I really like your creation of the cotton branches. I have never seen real cotton fields either. I think you have done a splendid job. Thanks so much for sharing and enjoy your day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Donna Wilkes said...

Delightful trough and beautifully styled. If you would like to visit my post on cotton here is the link: http://distresseddonnadownhome.blogspot.com/2013/11/cotton-picking.html

Christine Graves said...

Loving your wooden trough. I have a similar one, you're making me want to go find it and see what I can do.

Very pretty!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...


such a great project. A lovely look for Spring. My husband made me one a few years ago. I love to change the flowers and decor with the seasons. Thanks for sharing at DI&DI.

Stephanie said...

It looks wonderful, my friend! And I have an idea you will use your wooden trough for many, many years :)

Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

I love your wooden trough and it looks great!
Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J!

Laurie said...

Perfect for spring! Love it. Thank you for sharing with us at Brag About It this week!
~Laurie

JES said...

So pretty! Thank you for sharing this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! :)

Art and Sand said...

I would never have guessed that your cotton was not the real thing. How clever of you.

Thanks for sharing at SYC.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Trisha, I am featuring this post at No Place Like Home this week. Have a lovely day.