So I’ve never actually watched an episode of Flea Market Flip, but it’s pretty easy to figure out what the plot is: visit a flea market, buy something, get crafty and make it into something new. I love that idea, so I jumped at the chance to do my own project.
The budget I set for myself was $50 which was for everything. Any supplies I had to purchase had to fall within $50. I visited the Long Beach Antique Fair which was great…so much awesome stuff! It wasn’t until I was about ready to leave that I got my starting piece. I had no idea what I was looking for and was just waiting for something to pop out and inspire me. I got two badminton racquets for $7 total. A couple days later I was at Target and they had mini peg boards on clearance so I got one of those also.
I found images of embroidered racquets by Danielle Clough on Pinterest, and knew that was what I wanted to do for my project. Some of her work below:
I wanted to do something that looked like it was coming out of the racquet, from 2D into 3D and I wanted the two racquets to come together to form one piece. I ended up doing an ocean scene with an octopus trying to crawl out of it’s enclosure towards a whale.
This is what I began with:
To make everything look like it went together, I painted over the blue paint and re-did the handle grip on the one racquet and also stained the pegboard a darker finish.
I mapped out my creatures using embroidery thread and used pipe cleaners/batting to make the octopus tentacles that were “coming to life”. (these supplies I already had on hand) After that it was just a lot of embroidery/weaving work.
Once those were finished, I used fishing line to attach them to the pegboard, and voila…done!
My total cost breakdown was:
- Racquets: $7
- Pegboard: $2.38
- New Grip: $4.95
- 6 Skeins of Yarn: $20.94
For a total of $35.27, well within budget! 🙂