The persistence of metal madness

As many of you know, I have a thing about metal...
and rust...
and intriguing shapes...
put the three of them together
and its my idea of heaven!

Cleaning up piles of stuff in the basement, I unearthed old individual metal upholstery springs...I remember that I picked them up thinking they would be the basis for a cool project...or they could just sit on a bookshelf or tabletop and look cool all on their own...but decided instead to make them into vases...

I gathered up supplies and tools...I had a great green painted board that I picked up at the ReStore for 30 cents...sanded off all of the rough edges before cutting it up as the base for each vase.

I had five individual springs...decided to make two single vases and one trio combination.  After the bases were cut, I waxed each with Johnson's Paste Wax - its one of my favorite finishes, especially for wood - gives a nice smooth sheen.

Then I proceeded to attach each spring to its wood base...
I used poultry staples - galvanized metal and sturdy - perfect for this project.

The staples flare out at the ends...I use my lineman's pliers to compress the ends which makes it easier to hammer in straight.  As you can see from the photo at left, I just hammered a staple into the wood, securing the bottom rung of the spring to the base.
I had a large stash of test tubes (I don't even know where some of this stuff comes from sometimes)...ideal for holding a single stem...I put three test tubes in each spring...they display the flowers at such jaunty angles...

Here's a close-up of how the bottom of the spring is attached to the wood...there's two staples in each base, one opposite the other.

The underside of the wood base was still fairly rough even after I sanded it so I attached rubber bumpers, one in each corner.
Here's the completed trio vase...
I'm linking up to Funky Junk Interiors Saturday Nite Special...its all about unique vases...
can't wait to see the inspiration...

and to the DIY Club September Project Project contest...more inspiration there...
DIY Club

and finally to Funky Junk Interiors Saturday Nite Special - your best 2011 junk project!

and wait...one more...


  1. Pure love!! These look fantastic, so simple and graphic. They are perfect!!

  2. Your imagination is boundless. I love these. Jaunty indeed!

  3. Egad, these are cool!! Of course, you aren't surprised to know I have a box of springs up in my barn. I clipped them from a set at my folks I bet at least 15 years ago. You really need to see a picture that I pinned in pinterest. I'll send a link to you.

  4. http://pinterest.com/pin/137837786/
    I hope the link works :)

  5. I agree with Dreamsz...I love these!! (And I won't even bring up the "crafty" word...'cause they're not!!!)

  6. Amy - I just LOVE these! What a fab use. When you said 'vases' early in the post I was thinking they would only be for dry or fake flowers. What a nice surprise. I saw a great piece of wall art made from old springs like these and have been lusting after springs ever since. I can't find any here (in Sweden) like this...so I continue lusting after other's springs.

  7. Why am I not surprised to find myself here when linking through at Not Just A Housewife?

    Your ideas are so clever and original!

  8. Ohhhh boy... I sure hope you enter this in the FOLK submission linkup... this is sooo suitable! LOVE it!!


  9. This is such a great project--simple, unique, easy--and looks great. Wish I had one!


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