Ever wonder what to do with orphaned parts from vintage board games? At estate sales, I often come across ones where there's just enough of the game missing to render it un-playable. However, I rarely pass them by if they have usable pieces that can be up-cycled into something else, like Scrabble with its little wooden squares that creative folks incorporate into mixed media art. Or these cardboard letters, below, from an old game called Dig that I found at a recent barn sale.
The game had seen better days, but I knew its letter pieces would be fun to use in crafty ways. In a nice shade of Jadeite green, several have areas that have faded to a soft brown color. Shabby perfection.
Yesterday afternoon, using red and white baker's twine thread through a large embroidery needle, I began stringing together letters to make a little message garland. Sitting at my work table with my favorite music on, this simple project was very relaxing. Fun, too.
I think the finished garland is super sweet, perfect to place across a mirror, on a wreath, or just about anywhere. When time permits, I plan to make more with different messages like Happy Holidays, Welcome, etc. Then I'll list a few in my Etsy shop to see if they are sellable.
Any ideas as to what else I should spell out? If so, please let me know . . . Thanks!