Now before I start, let me say that I haven’t tried this yet, so I can’t swear to it. But apparently, according to a certain Rebecca Vandervliet, you can mix Elmer’s glue with food coloring and brush it onto glass to give it a nice colored beach-glass look. I wouldn’t use it on something you plan on eating or drinking out of, but candle holders, decorative things, champagne flutes being used as pen holders…
From the great (and sadly defunct) Readymade.com. I wish I had enough wall space (and spoons) to do this. (I have a habit of hoarding strange and interesting cups and mugs; my girlfriend hates it, but I could totally fill a smaller version of this.) Might also be good for a quirky coffee shop–when I lived in Pensacola there was a place that had shelves upcycled out of old bikes, and fixtures that looked like they’d been salvaged out of a dozen different abandoned restaurants.
Personally I’d use something else for the back–probably a hideous painting in a gaudy frame, like they have in thrift stores all the time. As long as you can clean it, maybe some of those antique-looking boards recycling blogs seem to love so much, or even an old table-top.
Via Hipcycle (yeah, another Pinterest rip). Now I know that very few people have old-style auto mirrors laying around that they’re hoping to keep out of the trash, but this is cool enough that it might merit a trip to your local you-pull-it junk yard. A lot of them charge for entry, but then a lot of them have one day a week (or a month) that it’s free. Since you’re going in anyway, definitely keep your eyes to the ground for small bits that have been dropped (or fell off)–they tend to be great for building little things out of.
Originally by Connsue Craft. Not that I personally have a lot of ear rings needing storage, but I know some people do, and I would sure love an idea of what to do with old cd spindles. Personally I would have considered using actual cd’s instead of the clear ones–most spindles have one or two duds, right? Or have I just been buying crappy CDRs?
This one’s from Domestic Imperfection. She (and her crew of “volunteers) went through a lot of trial and error to make this, so you should be in the clear if you want to try it.
And besides that, there’s lots of things you can use coins for! If you’ve got something that can drill through them, anyway. For example: use nickels or quarters as coat buttons. (I don’t have a drill that will go through metal, but you can probably use your imagination on that one.) Also, this:
And that’s not even getting into the bizarre world of hobo nickels…