Friday, January 23, 2015

Traps to Treasures

Mouse traps, gopher traps, critter traps?  I wasn't exactly sure what I was buying when I found a couple of scary looking traps at an antique store a few weeks ago, but I knew they had great repurposing potential and I'd eventually figure out what to do with them.

wall sconce bud vases made from gopher traps
I decided to build a better mouse gopher trap and turn my junky finds into a couple of wall sconces/bud vases.

rusty old gopher traps
Kind of scary looking don't you think?  I was told they were mouse traps, but they looked too big and too mean for a little mouse.  Talk about overkill!  I did a little research and found out they're actually gopher traps.  Ouch!

use vintage jewelry to embellish upcycled gopher traps
 I cut and painted two pieces of a pallet board, cleaned the traps, then sprayed them with a matte acrylic sealer.  Of course, every gopher trap looks better with a little bling.

glass test tubes used as bud vases
I used a couple of U nails to attach the trap to the pallet board.

repurposed gopher traps used as bud vases
The glass tubes were a perfect fit.

wall sconces made from pallets, gopher traps, and vintage jewels
They're looking a whole lot better and a lot less intimidating as bud vases.  I'm sure the gophers are a lot happier too.



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38 comments:

  1. Sooo cute...What will you think of next? :)
    Denise

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  2. What a cute idea. I would have had to put on my 'thinking cap' to come up with a use for these. You are so creative! Hugs!

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  3. You can make anything look great, just beautiful! I wish I had your talent!

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  4. You made those traps into things of beauty now! Great re-use, Betsy!

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  5. I would have run the other way from these scary things but you, yes YOU, turn them into adorable flower holders! CUTE!

    Linda

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  6. Beautiful little gopher memorials. Everybody will want one. So clever!

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  7. So Lovely and genius of you Betsy! Love bling and the pink!

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  8. How fabulous are these!? I would have never known what they were. So creative!

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  9. You sure do know how to spruce anything up and make it sooooo adorable!! Those are so lovely and cute!! :) Happy Friday, have a great weekend! xo Holly

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  10. Oh yes. You've turned something quite scary, into something positively beautiful.

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  11. I like this way of using them better than the original.

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  12. oh my!! such creativity..and they are so pretty..thank you for sharing!
    Blessings,
    Tamara

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  13. Thank you so much for featuring my blog! Have a lovely weekend ♥ xoxo, Alexandra

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  14. Betsy - You would never think those cute things started out as a trap. Cute, cute, cute.

    Judy

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  15. Loving these! Can't say that I would have bought them, but then I'm not the repurposing mastermind you are!!! No one will believe what they were! SO very cool!
    xoKathleen

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  16. There is some happy gophers today somewhere knowing you saved their lives with rhinestones and glass tubes LOL

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  17. What an amazing idea! Took the terrible and scary looking to cool and so pretty.

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  18. These are brilliant. Love the color & bling on such a clever idea.

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  19. Well, the originals are really scary but your foofed up beauties are anything but! They're enchanting!

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  20. As usual, your creativity is amazing! Love this idea.
    Nice touch with the bling, too!

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  21. I didn't see bud vases coming from those traps! Very creative, Betsy!

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  22. I'm laughing!!! I bet you got a great price on your traps

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  23. OMG It did not let me finish typing ...You got a great price because no one else would know what to do with them...You are amazing...I love them

    Carol

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  24. You have quite an imagination to use a gopher trap for a flower holder. I bet we see these coming to a craft store or garden center next year. Someone will definitely want to copy this idea.

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  25. Oh my...love these!! They turned out great.
    ~Cindy

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  26. Haha, very clever! I would not have been able to guess that they were traps. Well done.

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  27. Only you could take something not so nice and making it pretty!!!

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  28. Your ingenuity never ceases to amaze me!

    Thanks for the sweet words on my latest blog post. I am finally catching up on blogs and emails!

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  29. Very cool and pretty, Betsy! I'm sure you'll receive a thank you letter from the gopher union and will get an honorary membership :).
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  30. This is brilliant, what an idea! The whole blog is lovely and full of inspiration.
    Amalia
    xo

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  31. I love your creativity!! Now my dad would have said he needed those on the farm for his pesky gophers! Lol! But your use of them is so much prettier.

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  32. Can't believe what you did there! madly beautiful, what a crazy repurpose!

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  33. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me! Oh, how I wish I had your eye! These are so pretty...:) Have a lovely rest of the weekend.

    Hugs, Vicky

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  34. Oh my goodness, you are so creative...these bud vases in the traps are so cute! I love this idea!!
    Mary Alice

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  35. These are absolutely beautiful! Love the addition of the bling.

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  36. Such a creative repurposed, Betsy!! Adorable!

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  37. What "neat" repurposed idea you had here!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  38. wow those are absolutely so adorable.....who would have thunk it? Wonderful

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