This time of year is the greatest … back out in the garden, doing yard work, and mowing. I get some of my best thinking done while on a mower.
Best of all, our year of homeschooling was successfully completed last week! I think the whole family let out a big sigh of relief over that, lol. You definitely have to give teachers and others who homeschool every year a standing ovation; it’s a lot of work, and patience.
Anyway, having a little free time on my hands now, I made something quick and fun to hang on a couple of ugly poles in my yard.
I have a small pile of metal strainers and such that I’ve found in the salvage dropped off for my husband. Seems no one wants the poor things unless they’re a special vintage piece.
I used to collect the most interesting ones and we would heat the handles a bit to bend them upright and be used as hangers. I’d sell them at vintage markets for a couple bucks each. The large mesh ones were the most popular, but not as easy to come by anymore.
Many of you know I have a thing for metal flowers too. If you’re lucky you can find some that are constructed with a screw and nut which makes them really easy to work with. I usually find flowers at garage sales, thrift stores, and flea markets. My stash was getting pretty thin until I recently scored some beautiful ones from my sister and her husband who own Mc’Do-its Upcycled, Repurposed and Flea Markets. It’s awesome having them so close, they’ve had just what I was searching for on several occasions.
I’m ready to share what I came up with, but please remember there are no limits when it comes to projects like these. Use whatever you have; paint, washers, glass donuts, wire, buttons, etc. I played around with several ideas before settling on the ones I wanted.
Had to have a touch of blue –
An eye bolt was added to the back to help it hang evenly and provide a loop for a wire to be threaded through and secured to prevent rocking from side to side. Two glass donuts were wired to the handle.
This vintage look might be my favorite –
Here’s another useful tip – slide pieces of wax paper under the pieces you are wiring on to prevent your base paint from getting scratched.
Boho anyone? Just because it has a hanger doesn’t mean you have to hang it.
Exterior orange paint, red speckles, clear spray sealer. A medallion was made with a large decorative coat button on top of a glass lamp piece. The wire is threaded through the button and through a hole in the glass piece. The wires went through an old button on the inside of the basket to hold it securely.
And then there’s this one, just because I thought it would be cute in the kitchen.
So, what do you think? Don’t these look like fun? Please, feel free to comment if you like. I love hearing from readers.