Friday, April 29, 2016

Make a Tea Light Holder from a Pulley and Scrap Wood

Most of you know by now that I love rusty stuff. I love it a lot! I don't always have an immediate plan for the rusty bits and pieces I bring home, but it's good to know that when inspiration strikes I can always rely on my rusty junk treasure box.

repurposed rusty hinge and scrap lumber tea light holder
I had a rusty pulley/*battery powered tea light moment while I was searching for a board to use in another project. I think these pieces were all meant to be together.

antique rusty pulley
I put on a mask and cleaned up the cast iron pulley with #0000 steel wool, then sprayed it with clear matte acrylic sealer. I love rust, but I don't love rust all over my hands. Before attaching the pulley to the scrap wood, I doubled a long piece of twine and threaded it around the wheel and through the back. Unfortunately, the wheel no longer turns

green glass jar tea light holder
The green glass jar was 50% off at Michaels - a grand total of $1.50. I added some shredded paper for a little texture and lift, then added a *battery powered flameless LED tea light. (affiliate link)

add a rusty pulley to scrap wood
The pulley was attached with two screws, then I filled in the extra space on top with an old hinge. 

repurpose a rusty pulley and scrap lumber into an LED tea light holder
Right now it's perfect as a night light in a guest bedroom. Maybe one of these days it will work its way out to my yard and I'll replace the *battery powered tea light holder with a hanging plant.

*Use flameless battery powered LED light only.

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  1. Well, of COURSE you thought of this -- because you're Betsy. And you just think that way. And my mind becomes undone wondering at how in the world you do it. And do it so well. Love it!

  2. Love the contrasts, love rusty junk. Pinned of course.

  3. So sweet! I love the idea of it as a night light!

  4. The rusty pulley is wonderful and you found a creative new purpose for it, Betsy! It works great as a tealight holder but I also love your plan to use it as a plant holder.
    Happy weekend to you! :)

  5. Oh how nifty that is! The pulley is so elegant and almost flower-like. Beautiful new life for everything!

  6. Brilliant as usual! Love the green glass -- adds a great pop of color!

  7. Rust rules!!! Love the pulley and the green accent!

  8. This is another of your clever ideas. I always enjoy seeing where your creative mind leads you.

  9. Love rusty, love the pulley, everything done right!

  10. I like it as a "candle holder" but I think I would like it even better as a plant-holder outside. I think that the rustic character of the pulley would make a nice contrast to some plant greenery. Pulleys are interesting gismos--clever of you to think of this use for one. I maybe will find one I can "up-cycle" somehow in the future. Haven't really ever tho't about what I would do with one. Now I'm inspired to try some "pulley art".

  11. Candle or plant, either way, I love it! I especially like the added touch of the hinge at the top.

  12. This is the nicest night light I have ever seen. Your guests must be so impressed.

  13. Love it!! It makes a great nightlight.

  14. So pretty!! Love the green jar!! Thanks so much for visiting!!

  15. Oh wow - that turned out really cute! I just picked up 3 pullys at an auction on Saturday!

  16. I love how you created this, Betsy! And thank you for the hint on sealing the metal!

  17. Oh my goodness - I love how this turned out!! I have an Aunt whose husband collects old pulleys - I'm sending this idea to her so she can make it, too! :) Thanks for sharing- :)


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