I love blue and white.  It is definitely my colour scheme of choice and always has been.  There is something so clean, crisp and calming about those colours when they are paired together.vintage finds ready to by turned into a summer DIY projectI found this roll of vintage wallpaper last year and instantly loved the pretty, clean design.  It was free, so it was a no brainer to grab it up and stash it away until I needed it.

With summer fast approaching, I wanted to make something new to go on the old screen window I salvaged a couple of years ago.   I thought of the beautiful blue and white striped wallpaper and how perfect it would be for the wings of a rustic bug.

Making the rustic bug…

bent coat hangers to make wingsTo make the wings, I bent two wire coat hangers into a shape I liked…cutting vintage wallpaper to cover wire hangers to make wingsmeasuring out vintage wallpaper to cover a bent coat hangerand then cut pieces of the wallpaper to cover them.  attaching vintage wallpaper over a coat hanger to make wingsThe wire was easy to cover with the thick paper and a little hot glue held it in place.  using vintage wall paper to cover coat hangersI hadn’t even made the bug yet but was already in love with how the vintage wallpaper looked as wings 😉burlap cut into wing shapesFour smaller pieces of burlap cut to go over the paper wings added a little dimension. attaching burlap wings to a wood spindleTo make the body, a reclaimed spindle was painted with Fusion Mineral Paint in Casement and the wings were attached to the back.  attaching twigs inside of an old spindletwig antennae on a rustic bugTo finish off my new little bug, I used a couple of left over twigs from the Lavender project as antennae.

A dab of hot glue inside the top of the spindle held them in place and   attaching raffia to the end of a vintage spindlethe bottom of the spindle got a little bundle of raffia.  a vintage spindle painted with Fusion Mineral Paint in Casement and distressedan upcycled, rustic bug for summerThis little whimsical dragonfly (or butterfly… your choice) is perfect as wall art.  a reclaimed spindle turned bugAnd… against my old screen window… just makes me smile. vintage finds turned into a summer bug

Pin for later… 

making a bug out of reclaimed items

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  1. Such a fun and creative project Lisa.
    Thank you for sharing this recipe at Create, Bake, Grow and Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring it at tonight’s party and I’ve pinned it to our party board too.

    • That is so lovely and sweet Kerryanne! Thank you so very much <3 Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. So cute, Lisa! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm!

    • Thanks so much Cecilia!… and for taking the time to stop by 🙂 Have a great week!

  3. Just had to print this out so can make your bug. Have a pillow with bug on so thought would be good project to off set pillow. Will be cute Summer object for living room.

    • I bet the pillow is cute and what a great idea to put the two together. Love it!!

  4. Robyn G says:

    Too CUTE!! Thanks for sharing!

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