3.23.2013

Variations on a theme









It was a year ago that I played around with a broomstick and some metal curtain rings...to make a card/photo holder...

Recently I thought I would make a couple more...but I ran out of supplies of the original design...so variations ensued...








I had plenty of broomsticks collected throughout the year...most for free because the broom part was missing...thus, just the stick...I cut them into smaller lengths...and then gathered up the vintage curtain rings...but I ran short...what could I use instead...mmm...metal...clip...how about metal clips?!



As you can imagine, I have quite a collection of metal clips (its that metal love addition)...the more beat up and rusted, the better...nothing like rusted metal patina!  I picked out two suitable specimens...















Instead of nailing the clip in place (which I did with the curtain rings), this time I drilled a pilot hole and used a screw to hold the clip in place...with this clip, the screw was a little smaller than the hole...so a diamond shaped washer slips right into place to secure the clip...

Everything else about the construction remained the same...cedar fence post cap for the base...large metal washer attached to the base for extra weight (and no toppling over!)  You can find the step by step tutorial here...











Here's the completed metal clip versions...
each stand can prominently display one special print or photograph...





































Since there was a cut edge on the top of the broomstick for some of the stands, I attached an old wooden knob to give each a finished look...




















The other variation I made used a lone croquet stick...I know there are two end sticks to a set...but for some reason, I only have one...
It was a challenge to find larger sized curtain rings since this croquet stick was larger in diameter...but luckily I had a few biggies in my stash...I like the painted stripes of the stick...complemented by its simple red base...








































I think the group of them look great together...
a wonderful way to display whatever assortment you may have...








































It was easy as can be...using what I already had...
the best kind of project...








































Linking up to Funky Junk Interiors Saturday Nite Special...lots of great projects there...

16 comments:

  1. Very cool!!! You are so hard to keep up with!!! (o:

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  2. This is so inventive, and effective. Love these, very creative, how fun to make something new again. Keep smiling and creating

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    1. thanks fairyrocks...yes, always good to be creating...

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  3. Super cute!! I love each and every one of them. I just picked up two wonderful rusty clips today, now I know how I'm going to use them!!
    Jane

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  4. Hi Amy, I am in awe, you have such a wonderfully creative mind. Were you a child who colored outside the lines? Always saw things in clouds, trees, mud puddles? Amazing. Thanks for sharing. Blessings and smiles, Emilou :-)

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    1. thanks Emilou...colored outside the lines? rather, colored with no lines!

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  5. Oh I love these! I am always on the hunt for old clips, but never find a lot of them. I'm inspired to use some of the wood poles I have for some projects now!

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  6. This is the coolest ever!!!!! I love your new header too.

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  7. That diamond-shaped washer is adorable. It's amazing what you come up with!

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  8. Charming result, Amy, and quite elegant, too. Love the look!

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  9. I love these! What a great way to display photos and cards!
    xo

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  10. Variety is the spice of life!

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