Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Repurposed Antique Stereoscope

I bought this antique stereoscope (View-Master predecessor) at a yard sale a few years ago along with a box of stereoscope cards. Most of the cards sold right away, but the stereoscope just wouldn't budge. Silly me, I thought a missing card holder and broken handle wouldn't matter to a collector or to someone who thought it was as cool as I did. Wrong! 

antique stereoscope and card
After collecting enough dust to make visibility through the lenses almost impossible, I decided it was time for another look.

Upcycled antique stereoscope used as a plant and picture holder
Missing parts and all, it still had potential.

upcycled stereoscope used as a hanging planter and picture holder
I attached a small hook to the back, lined the inside with a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil to catch the drips, then tucked the photo behind the pot. Hmm. Maybe a faux plant would have been a better idea.

antique stereoscope handle embellished with old buttons and filigrees
I couldn't resist adding a little sparkle to the handle with a couple of vintage buttons and antiqued silver filigrees.

upcycled antique stereoscope

Repurposed antique stereoscope plant and picture holder
Perfect for holding a tiny planted pot and a sweet photo of ballerinas from The Graphics Fairy.
I'm happy to say that the stereoscope can still be used for viewing old cards. Not that I'll be doing that, but ya never know:-)

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  1. How perfect to hang it that way and the ballerinas are very sweet. You have a wonderful imagination my friend. hugs, Diane

  2. Wheee! What a cool tiny shelf/wall pocket it makes, Betsy! I love the details on it, and the top rim, is it leather? Amazing piece.

  3. What an unusual piece, made fabulous with your makeover! Love it!

  4. Betsy your imagination and creative soul is amazing. You never disappoint when you re love something into something new. Love this. Super cute.

  5. I'm surprised no one bought it before but now it's more then adorable and looks so perfect as a plant holder!

  6. I'm also surprised it wasn't snatched up, it is so unique. I love what you made with it and the vintage photos are a brilliant touch.

  7. Looks beautiful! What a great repurposed project!

  8. Inspired, as always! I predict this will FLY away!

  9. Great project! It looks gorgeous!

  10. Charming re-use project, Betsy! And I always love your signature touch of bling!

  11. love it! and I have one sitting at the shop that is not selling.
    nice thing about this is, it can always be 'undone' to sell it if someone wants it.

    thanks Betsy.

    PS You been seeing my photo holders lately? taking after you. I try to make everything into photo holders now. =)

  12. Great idea, Betsy! It looks so pretty as a plant holder.
    Have a wonderful weekend! :)

  13. That's so clever and it looks amazing....l love that you tucked the photo behind the pot plant and the bling really gives the whole piece a lift....lovely.

  14. I love how you repurposed this!

    xo Dianne

  15. A very sweet plant holder - I never would have guessed what to do with it, but you always amaze me with your creativity! Love the photo and 'bling'! xx Karen

  16. That old stereoscope is gorgeous, and you found such a great way to repurpose it, Betsy - pinning it!

  17. That is absolutely fabulous! I love it and the addition of the photo is genius.


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