15 Photos of Unique Handmade Objects From Across Canada

Are you looking for some arts and crafts inspiration? Then you'll love this gallery showcasing unique and quirky handmade objects.

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6060 steam train mural on garage door
Photo: Frank Koenig

Crazy train

When you think about it, there should be more murals on garage doors. Frank Koenig of Morinville, Alta., who sent us this photo, enjoys trains so much he had this lovely 6060 steam train painted for him. Now every time he looks out his kitchen window, he gets to look at a piece of art!

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Photo: Roger Lafontaine

Old fashioned

Roger Lafontaine of Cornwall, Ont. writes: “While touring the east coast, we stopped at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site and met Gisele, one of the interpreters at the Fortress. She was hand-making the borders of one of the dresses!”

Check out the best black and white photography from across Canada.

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Handmade sign made with flowers
Photo: Diana Gorski

Give peace a chance

“I always try to have flowers in the house all year round,” writes photographer Diana Gorski of Edmonton. “I like to make things out of them just before the bloom ends, and then I make a print so I can always remember the little project I did!” Thanks for sharing, Diana!

Brighten your day with this beautiful collection of cheerful sunflower photography.

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Bird flying onto bird feeder
Photo: Isabelle Marozzo

Free bird

The “Handmade” Theme Pic Challenge inspired Isabelle Marozzo of Norland, Ont. to send us this photo of a chickadee landing on a very special feeder. We knew chickadees were small, but who knew they were that small?

These magical photos of frozen bubbles will take your breath away.

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PaddyFest wreath
Photo: Rhonda Beirnes

Arts and crafts

Photographer Rhonda Beirnes of Listowel, Ont. collaborated with her granddaughter Kennedy to make this impressive Paddyfest wreath. The gold coins are a great touch!

Check out Canadian history on camera in this treasure-filled gallery.

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Knitted sweater with dragon design
Photo: Jane Thede

Mother of dragons

Jane Thede of Port Elgin, Ont. really nailed the vibe. According to Jane, her grandson Eduardo wanted a fire-breathing dragon on his sweater and loudly proclaimed, “My grandma can make anything!”

If you’re a fan of sunset pictures, this stunning gallery will take your breath away!

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Handmade bird feeder outside in winter with woodpecker
Photo: Norma Keith

Knock on wood

Norma Keith of Baltimore, Ont. captured this woodpecker on her handmade bird feeder.

Don’t miss this gallery of great Canadian car photography—from old to new, classic to clunker.

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handmade - Framed cross-stitch pattern
Photo: Joyce Stolte


Photographer Joyce Stolte of Edmonton created this wonderful cross-stitch that reminds us a lot of our “Rustic” Theme Pic Challenge. According to Joyce, the frame is made from old granary boards too!

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handmade - Watercolour portrait of winter landscape
Photo: Lillian Kennedy

Winter wonderland

Photographer Lillian Kennedy of Maces Bay, N.B. painted this wonderful Group of Seven-esque winter landscape using watercolours.

Don’t miss this heartwarming gallery of Canadians enjoying winter activities.

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handmade - Traditional snowman
Photo: Brenda Snape

Jack Frost

Photographer Brenda Snape of Aurora, Ont. spent Friday afternoon building this snowman with her husband. Who’s in the mood for a snowman building competition?

These spur-of-the-moment candid photos showcase life at its most authentic—and unplanned.

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handmade - Wool sweater with sheep design
Photo: Karen Allin

Autumn sweater

Photographer Karen Allin of Mississauga, Ont. shares this photo of a wool sweater that her aunt knitted for her in the mid-1980s. Thanks for sharing, Karen!

Take a look at this gallery of stunning flower photography from across Canada.

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handmade - Wooden bird feeder
Photo: Sheri Emerson Sanders

Little wing

Sheri Emerson Sanders of N.L. writes: “My very handy sweetheart surprised me with this bird feeder because I love to see all the little birds come to our cabin. Labrador doesn’t have a huge variety of small wild birds, but I think this little guy (or gal) is simply beautiful.”

Don’t miss this gallery of candid moments in the lives of birds across Canada.

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Spray painted window screens
Photo: Marilyn Crotty

Let the light in

Talk about creative! Marilyn Crotty of Conception Bay South, N.L., spray painted her shed window screens.

From lush green foliage to vibrant pink petals, the colours in this gallery of Canadian garden photography are truly a feast for the eyes.

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handmade - Three children wearing fish blankets
Photo: Jeannette Greaves

Little mermaids

Photographer Jeannette Greaves of Miami, Man. shares this hilarious photo. Teach us how to make one too!

We challenged you to photograph Canada’s most beautiful light houses—here are the results!

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Handmade gloves
Photo: Brenda Solobay

Five little monkeys

Brenda Solobay of Toronto writes: “I made the glove and the monkeys when I worked in daycare. They are attached to the glove with velcro.”

Next, check out this gallery of 20 dazzling night sky photos from across Canada.

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