• Coleen Merk

A Gift of Freedom

This unique one-of-a-kind décor was donated to the Every Heart Sister Circle event, "Girls' Night Out" for their raffle at the end of an incredible meeting.

These are firecrackers made from 4 x 4 cedar posts that were “cut offs” from a construction job site. The sparklers are from springs from a leather couch that I took apart after it was time to retire the couch.

I love it when I can save a piece from going to our landfill! I found a few interesting facts about our landfill...

In 2013, Americans generated about 254 million tons of trash and recycled and composted about 87 million tons of this material, equivalent to a 34.3 percent recycling rate. On average, we recycled and composted 1.51 pounds of our individual waste generation of 4.40 pounds per person per day. This is all according to the EPA website.

These posts started out as rough cedar. We used our table saw and took the rough edges off and then sanded them so they now have a smooth finish. The red, white & blue is chalk paint, and we used a stencil for the star. That is jute rope that is tied around each firecracker.

There is no set pattern as to how they can be displayed. They are each an individual piece and they can all go next to each other, OR they can be staggered off a little bit from each piece, OR they can even be split up in different rooms.

Three things I want to share about this new unique masterpiece:

The material is not sitting in the landfill.

They have a new life and they are unique and one-of-a-kind. No one else will have one exactly like this set.

They represent FREEDOM. These are the colors of our USA flag. A lot of men and women have sacrificed their time and some of them their lives, so each one of us can live in a country where we still have a lot of FREEDOM.

I have enough material to make about 10 sets that will all be unique and slightly different and will be available for purchase. They will be going up on the website in a few days, so be sure to check back to see each of them! 

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