Saturday, September 26, 2009

MacGyver Inspired Backdoor

You remember MacGyver? Yeah... Well, I was basically just like him when I made this little chicken wire basket arrangement. What happened was, last week during the Wreath Party, I fell absolutely head over heels in love with one of the party-goer's project. It was the Bullard Inspired Backdoor from Angélique at Six in One Hand...Madness in the Other. (Go look at it if you haven't yet--LOVE it!) When I saw it I just knew. I knew that I had to have one. So I busted out my MacGyver skills.

If you are confused, MacGyver was this show back in the 80's where a super cool guy would go around saving people, being a hero, etc. The interesting part is that he would do these heroic things like disconnect a bomb, or put out a fire using items that were just laying around or in his pocket like rubber bands, paper clips, or lint. This is absolutely NOT an exaggeration. It was awesomeness I tell ya, pure awesomeness.

I feel that I was like him in my crafting efforts because I was able to scrounge everything up for this decoration without spending any money. That really is heroic in a crafty sort of way. I was a total copycat of Angélique. I hope she doesn't mind! I just loved it SO much.

I got the chicken wire thing from my mom's closet. {Thanks Mom!} I didn't have any moss so I took a piece of scrapbook paper and shaped it to fit down in the basket. When I started adding the flowers I realized what a cool effect this was. Like a paper wrapped bouquet that someone would present to their beloved. {sigh}

The flowers were Dollar General (not to be confused with Dollar Tree where everything really is--just a dollar) flowers that I've had for years. I found two old frames that were in the back of drawers and sprayed them with Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. I added the scrapbook paper and coffee stained words that I printed off and tore around the edges. I think it was supposed to be tea stained, but I was drinkin' coffee at the time so I just dipped them in there. MacGyver, remember?

Check out my wanna-be tassel:

I have no idea how to make one. There apparently IS a way and it ain't easy, soooo I just wrapped some fringe around itself until it resembled a tassel. Somewhat. And finally, my favorite part--the pearls and crystal. I clipped the pearls off one of my Christmas strands and the crystal came from an antique lamp of my grandmother's that bit the dust sometime back. I sold the lamp (ignorant of me: pre-craft blog enlightenment) in a garage sale but I somehow held onto this one crystal. It is the perfect touch, I think.

So...there you go. MacGyver Backdoor.

Oh, and I did another Dollar Tree transformation at the same time. I found these peculiar looking pears ...

Just hot glued twine around 'em.

I am linking up to Cheri's Knock Off Knock Out Monday, the DIY SHow Off's Fall Festival once again (love it)! and to Mom's the Word for Making Your Home Sing Monday...because I think this does just that!

Oh! And if you are a fan of Christmas--read about 12 Weeks of Christmas with Red Writing!


  1. I LOVED Macgyver too! He was one clever fellow! And I think your back door decor is pretty darn clever too. It's all how you put things together. That's why I enjoy seeing everyone's creative ideas. I get inspired.

  2. This is great!! Did I win it??

  3. I have something for you at

  4. that is so cool! I am very impressed..we totally need live closer so all of you wonderful craftyness can rub off on me :)

  5. So creative! The wannabe tassle was my favorite part! Loving the pears. Such great ideas!

  6. Oh I love this! It's so pretty and most of all it reflects YOU! It inspires me to try something like that. I've never really thought of myself as very creative but you never known until you try.

    Oh, and I loved MacGyver too! Thank you for linking up today!

  7. Adore the pears! You did a great job putting all you goodies together. Thanks for sharing.


  8. Keelie--you are truly AMAZING! Everything you touch turns to gold... Just beautiful :o)

  9. I Love it. I'm gonna have to make one. I love the chicken wire and I think I need dried hydrangea and some feathers. Anybody have that kind of stuff around your housr that you can spare cuz I don't

    GOTTA check out your 12 week. I'll post it on my side bar for ya.

  10. Beautiful! I love the door planter. The pearls and crystal are a wonderful touch. The twine pear is also very creative.

  11. I love love love your wanna be tassel. And your wicked MacGyver skills!

    I have a linky party going on over at my place, check it out!

  12. Love's adorable...think I'm going to have to have one too! Hopefully I can find it all just lying around the house as well.

  13. The pear is really cute! Love the contrast of the little stem and leaf :)

  14. I am not even going to attempt this but I totally think you should give it contest necessary. I Love it!

  15. Very fun! I reupholster pears also! You have MCGyver skills alright! Awesome.

  16. Keelie - your MacGyver back door decor is GORGEOUS! I'm inspired...Must have one! :) I love your pears too. So cute!

    Thanks for linking your inspiration to the Fall Festival. I love your ideas.


  17. Hello...

    Ohhh yes...I do remember McGuyver! How cute and name your fabulous fall door decor in honor of him! Hehe! Seriously though...this is really a sweet turned out beautifully! You are a creative and talented lady, my friend! You know...I had to go and check out your link for the Ballard design...and I really do like your idea of using the pretty scrapbook paper instead of the moss! Beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing it with us today!!!

    Warmest wishes,

  18. Gorgeous!! I LOVED MacGyver as a kid...I think you are definitely the crafty version of him, LOL.

  19. Hey McGyver--you've been featured.


  20. Everything looks FAB! Love the chalkboard!! Did you use those chalk pens to write on your chalk board?

  21. Darlene--I used regular chalk.

    Thanks to everyone for the sweet comments!

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