Thursday, August 6, 2015

Trophy Bases, Rusty Springs, and Rhinestones

It's always fun to play with the bits and pieces that live in the drawers and cabinets of my garage. I don't last too long out there during the summer months when the temperature can easily reach the passing out point by noon, so it's a good thing this project was quick and easy.

Upcycled springs and trophy bases
  These took about an hour to make once I had the parts together.


thrifted trophy bases rusty old springs
I started with two lovely fake wood trophy bases and some perfectly rusted springs.  I filled the holes in the bases with spackling paste before painting them, then sprayed the flaky springs with a clear matte sealer. 

how to use vintage rhinestones and filigrees
Let's not forget the antiqued filigrees to make the rhinestones look bigger than they really are.

Upcycled card holder made from trophy base, old spring, and rhinestones
Love the combination of rust and rhinestones.

Upcycled picture holder made from trophy base, old spring, and rhinestones
I tried using U-tacks to attach the spring to the base, but it kept rolling from side to side....E6000 glue to the rescue. Just a dab in all the places where the spring meets the base is all it needed.

Picture and Card holders repurposed from trophy bases, springs, and rhinestones
Perfect for holding a pretty postcard and a pretty picture of a lady I don't know.  Business cards would be a  great idea too!

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25 comments:

  1. Oh yes, you don't want to be "baked" in the garage! You did "bake" up some wonderful treasures. It is always fun to see what your creative mind comes up with! I love these. Who would have known? Only YOU!

    Looks like cooler temps coming our way!! Enjoy!

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  2. It has been a really hot summer! I love how these look! Perfect for displaying a photo and easy to change.

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  3. Stunning the way they turned out!!
    Ann

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  4. Absolutely love them!! They are so neat.
    Hugs,
    Karen B. ~ Todolwen

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  5. I bet looking for things to work with in your stashes is like going on a treasure hunt. :-D That glue is the best - use it in all my jewelry projects when glue is needed. You know I love the touches of bling.
    Enjoy your evening.

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  6. My fave thing about this is your idea of using the filigrees to make more of the rhinestones. That is so smarrrrt! And I love the rusty springs here. Would never have thought to use those tacky trophy bases like this, so wonderful!

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  7. I love them!!! So beautiful and you are so clever!!!

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  8. What a clever idea. I am always looking for ways to display words, cards, pictures ...

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  9. Love this idea, Betsy! Very clever and whimsical!

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  10. I love the contrast of the rusty springs and the soft looking bases. Just beautiful, Betsy!

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  11. You are SO clever! I would not even thought of those trophy bases having potential. Well done, as always!

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  12. You are so creative! I never would have thought to put all these random pieces together to make something like this. I love the paint colors your chose and the pretty embellishments! I agree, the rust and rhinestone combination is lovely.

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  13. Looks great. I saved the feet off my old couch and ottoman that look similiar but I just use them to elevate things.

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  14. What a beautiful project! I just love your creative ideas!

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  15. So simple and creative. I like the business card idea!

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  16. I love how you see, Betsy. These are terrific!

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  17. These are adorable! I am always inspired by your creativeness! Stay cool, no passing out : )

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  18. These are so sweet! You are so creative!

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  19. I just love your ideas! I never thought a trophy base could look so pretty. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful projects.

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  20. Super sweet project, Betsy. I love them! You are just SO creative :)

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