Friday, December 9, 2011

Recycled Fence Posts Into Post People

After using most of the fence pickets on the faux fence, I still have a lot of rails and fence posts. So I cut a few posts into sections and Brownie and I made post people carolers.
Since my posts were in a very used condition, I couldn't paint them like typical post people. They had to be dressed to cover the dark stains and splintered wood. I just painted a little section on top to make a face. I began giving each post two arms but found that it worked better with the outside post people having one arm each. They also wore a shirt to cover the arm. One shirt bought at the thrift store and one from the box of old clothes we were about to take to the thrift store.
The post on the inside is wearing a curtain panel from the thrift store, strategically stapled to look like a dress. And they all have hair made from the sisal rope the cat refused to touch.

Then we screwed a couple of conduit clamps onto the back, drove a piece of rebar into the ground and slid the post people onto them. To complete the look, I spray painted an old notebook, and wired it onto the two outstretched arms.

Cheap, easy, and fun. However, no one seems to like them except Brownie and me. That's ok. Now I have Christmas yard art to put in front of the "General Store". (Although right now they're in the front yard.)

Total cost: $6.00.


Cheyenne said...

I don't understand why no one likes them. I think they are very cute and quite ingenious as to what you used to make them. I know I couldn't do it. I don't have the patience.

A Pretty Pastime said...

I think they're adorable! Nice job :-)

FlowerLady said...

Wow, I think those are so cute. A great idea and they can be used any time of the year. Makes me want to create a garden helper. :-)

Have a lovely Christmas season.


Pat said...

Too cute! You come up with the best ideas!

JT said...

I like them too especially the girl with braids. I'm continually amazed at your building abilities and was wowed by your faux fence:)

Grandma K said...

You are so clever Marti!

Kelli said...

Those are so cute! You're so creative to come up with that!

Thanks for stopping by my blog...maybe my grumpy is your grumpy's brother! :)

rebecca @ older and wisor said...

Nobody likes them???? They're ADORABLE! Bah humbug to them.

Kate said...

Very cute! I like them, they have such character!