DIY Windmill Decor

Hey everyone. I just wanted to share how I made this windmill decor because I love the way it turned out and it was so easy!

                A little back-story… Earlier this year my husband and I set out to make ourselves a little garden out of as many recycled materials as possible. A work friend gave us some old and rusty roofing tin that was so perfect for the job. The last touch I added to the garden was the sign above the entrance that read “Martin Family Farm, Welcome to the Garden” with a chicken and a windmill decal that I cut out of vinyl with my Cricut. I love that thing.

                I liked the rustic, farmhouse look of the garden, and I liked the windmill decal, and I had an empty space on the wall in our short-term rental home. It was one of those “The stars just aligned” scenarios.

                I made a fan blade-shaped stencil out of printer paper and traced it onto the scrapes of tin with a Sharpie. My husband let me use his neutral-direction metal shears to cut out the shapes. Four blisters, two puncture wounds, and one tetanus scare later, I had 12 blades and two tail pieces in front of me. I just eye-balled the shape of the tail pieces.

                A month or so prior, our neighbor asked if we could use a massive metal spool of sorts for scrap metal and my husband can’t turn down anything free… He cut off the round end piece and let me use it for the windmill. I cut a slit into each blade and fit them all evenly around the circle. Then I attached the tail pieces to the frame with handy wire.

                If I remember correctly, I took a break around this time to wrap my wounds and get a cold beer to hold against my aching hands. See! I’m getting double uses out of all sorts of materials today! #goinggreen

                Lastly, I used a hammer and nail to make a hole in the middle of the narrow ends of the blades. Then I laced handy wire through the holes and when I made it back around to the first blade, I twisted the ends of the wire together and tucked the twist out of sight.

                Boom! I had myself a damn good-looking piece of art, straight from the farm, to fill the empty space on the wall.

                We hung it up high, out of reach of children and with a shit ton 3-inch screws because the sharp edges would be like a guillotine if it fell onto an unsuspecting person or pet. We can’t have that!

As you can see we still have a few items to cross off our to-do list: crown molding above pantry, paint touch-up above the stairs, dry wall.

Thanks for reading. I hope it has inspired you to build something beautiful with recycled materials. Share your ideas below!

One last thing! Should I write a post about building the garden?

Let me Introduce Myself

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     Hello! I’m Cedar, an aspiring surface pattern designer. My roots are in a small Colorado town but I have grown and now live in the Northwestern tip of Montana, where I flourish. My heart is filled with mountains, lakes, and everything nature. My mind is filled with ideas on how to share my passions with the world through fabric, wall art, and hopefully someday area rugs, ribbon and more.

     I grew up in a household where my dad was Mr. Fix-it, my mom was Mrs. bake/make/create-it, and my 3 older siblings and ran around the farm with our imaginations out and our shoes no where to be found. We were constantly surrounded by extended family and we fit snugly into the small town community. It wasn’t uncommon to be part of a chili cook-off, family barbecue, or to have others join us for holiday meals.

     I’ve been reminded time and time again that as a toddler, carrying my baby blanket around the church, I told my primary teacher that when I grew up I wanted to either be a daddy or a monster… I obviously came to terms with why neither of those were going to happen, and I eventually started telling my school teachers I was going to grow up to be an artist or a teacher. Those two professions stuck with me throughout middle school with “teacher” sometimes being swapped out with “nurse.” In Middle School my art teacher took notice of me (whether it was because of my artistic ability or just abnormal excitement for middle school art class, I don’t know) and she became sort of a mentor to me. I was asked to paint a mural of sunflowers on the nurses office wall at one point…I chose sunflowers and butterflies. Another time she let me flip through her catalogs and choose one item that she would special order just for me… I chose those rainbow scratch off papers. The most memorable time was when she took me to a pottery shop in the neighboring town and I made a bowl on a potters wheel. It was on this trip to the pottery shop that she shared her opinion that there isn’t money in being an artist. I know that we have all heard that and similar phrases like “starving artist” but it still hit hard coming from my beloved art teacher. It stuck with me.

     Fast forward 5 years where I found myself in the Animation and Motion Graphics program at Colorado Mesa University. I made it through one semester paying a fortune to sit in classes that taught things like how to make a flip book, and the basics of the color wheel. It wasn’t at all what I expected and a “What should I do what my liiiife?” melt down ensued. The following semester I was taking science-based classes, shadowing at the community hospital and applying for the Radiologic Technology program. I got in! Shortly after, I was spending most of my time in the Health Sciences building and wearing stark white on white on white scrubs while fulfilling my clinical requirements. I worked three jobs to graduate x-ray school completely debt-free in two years.

    Today, I am the lead technologist of a mobile x-ray company, married, and own a home on a small chunk of land in Montana. Life is good. I work a job that I enjoy. I share a beautiful home with my dream man and we are equally driven to build a comfortable, stable, and exciting life for ourselves. And if you’ll let me brag a little bit more… Glacier National Park is practically my backyard. I have recently felt the urge to stop and smell the roses; slow down from my busy life and learn to be fully present for the little things. This change of heart has allowed me to get reacquainted with my artistic side again. 

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    I yearn to create art from the moment I wake up to the second I close my eyes at night. So I have learned to prioritize that time into my day whether that be sewing, painting, learning Adobe Illustrator, or a doing home improvement project. In early 2019 I created my first repeating pattern and uploaded it to Spoonflower.com, eventually selling one entire yard! Shortly after, I created a watercolor repeating pattern and suddenly knew that I had found something promising to pursue. Now, in mid-2019, I have created a complete 12-pattern collection, in two colorways, called Backyard . I am learning to share my work with others, and now have found myself creating a website in order to have a “home base” to connect with others in the SPD world. I hope you’ll stick around to see me through this journey!