Thursday, May 19, 2011

Super Easy Display Stand

I love easy projects and this one definitely fits that category.

I have had three of these strainers in my studio closet for quite some time.
I came across them this morning as I was digging around for something else (which I never did find).  

I took one of the strainers and bent the handle back to turn the strainer into a display stand.
That's all there is to it!
It makes a great stand for bracelets and earrings.
I'm planning on using this for my jewelry but it could also be used as a picture holder.
All you need is a photo and a magnet (my white magnet was originally an old clip earring).
I love this photo of my grandmother (in the middle) with two of her friends.

Or you could clip ephemera to the holder with small clothespins (I found these in the office supply area at Walmart) or paper clips.
In this example I thread a ribbon through the top of the strainer and added an old envelope and French advertisement card using the small clothespins.
And if I was a cook I would use this in the kitchen to hold a recipe card (in my case maybe I could hang the take out menu from our favorite restaurant).

I'm linking to some fun Friday parties:
Vintage Inspiration Friday with Debra @ Common Ground
and
Thrifty Things Friday with Diann @ The Thrifty Groove  

Have a wonderful weekend.

Jane

46 comments:

  1. That is just too cute...and 5 minutes....love it! Keep 'em coming!

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  2. I love this! I remember my mom had one of these... I'm gonna have to go loot her kitchen!
    Susan

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  3. This is one of your best and easiest ideas yet! (Do I dare say...) I wish I had one because I would definitely give this to my sis who makes jewelry (and is always looking for creative ways to display it!) I've got to start scouring the fleas markets ... although, I don't think that I've ever seen a strainer like that.

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  4. well aren't you just the smartest thing ever!!!
    where have you been all the years of me doing trade shows. This is perfect for displaying table goods!!!
    Amy

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  5. Great idea Jane! BTW, I'm coming to raid your closet ~ lol. I love seeing all the creative ideas you come up with. Connie

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  6. Oh, what a creative idea! I love it!

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  7. These are so cute! Jewelry is fun to display and this is a great way to do it. Love this idea~ hugs, Linda

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  8. Cool idea, Jane! It makes such a great display. Unfortunately I've never seen such kind of a strainer here.
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  9. Oh I'm loving it.
    I've never seen strainers like that. What were they straining in their prior life??

    Question: Did you make your bracelets?
    The second one from left looks like buttons. How are they held together if you do not mind sharing?
    Looks like 'o' rings, with maybe one in middle??

    Regarding pocket watch faces. I have hit the jackpot lately. I have extra to sell if interested.

    hugs and blessings my creative friend.

    barbara jean

    PS Maybe I should go join one of the parties. I'll go see if my idea fits in. =)

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  10. Yet another fantastic idea! ~ Sarah

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  11. That is such a wonderful idea! I have never seen a strainer like that. But I bet you could figure out a way to make vintage cookie cooling racks stand up too. AndI agree with the above posters who said it would make a great way to display jewelry at trade shows.

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  12. That's a really great idea! I love re-purposing, especially vintage looking items. I like all of your displayed uses for it too. Have a nice weekend, Mary :O)

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  13. Smashing idea, I love the photo of your Gran and her friends, but the stand really comes into it's own as a jewellery holder. I can just see crafters using them to display their wares.
    Bon weekend
    Maggie

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  14. You are just so clever in finding new uses for your vintage finds, Jane! This strainer is just perfect for all of these uses. Who would think to just bend the handle back as a stand {not me!}. It's the perfect size, too, for a dresser or desk top to hold jewelery or a picture.

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  15. That's a really cool idea! I don't think I've ever seen a flat one like that before-Happy Weekend:@)

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  16. Another clever idea, Jane! Love this!

    Best,

    Kimberly

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  17. Hi Jane,
    As always, you continue to amaze!
    Cheryl

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  18. You are way too clever! I love this idea!!

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  19. Some day I'd like to show you the list of things I MUST look for at fleas and yard sales because of the wonderful creations you've made with just the most ordinary items! Amazing!
    xoxo
    Joyce

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  20. GIRL you can turn anything, and i mean ANYTHING, into something noone could have imagined it could be. sooo cool! :)

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  21. what a great idea

    i like the old letter with maybe a post card attached anyway the picture of the little boy and his basket

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  22. Jane,

    You continue to amaze me with your thinking outside the box. I know have to find one of these. Have a great weekend!

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  23. you sure do have some creative ideas!

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  24. Jane:) LOVE this idea, and I have one or maybe 3 of the kitchen utensils too!!!!!!! I know what I am doing after work today:) Have a wonderful weekend:)
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

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  25. I love this idea Jane! So many cute things to do with a vintage strainer. And it looks great with the jewelry. Thank you for joining TTF. I hope you have a great weekend!

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  26. Great idea!
    I love the idea of the recipe card holder!

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  27. I love this post! For one, my mom has one of these and we never really knew what it's original use was! She just liked the look of it! And now, not only can I tell her what it's original use was, but what other great ideas you have for it!

    :)

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  28. You are such a creative person Jane! Love this idea!

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  29. Simply perfect Jane....I really love it as a frame!
    xojanis

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  30. cool idea to bend the handle to make it a stand, I have made one with photo to hang. I think they were old cheese graters, my dad called them knuckle busters.

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  31. Great idea! I have a couple of these myself. How much muscle did it take to bend that handle?LOL!!! Thanks Jane, for linking up. I'm always amazed at your creativity! xoxo Debra

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  32. All great uses for the strainers. I like the jewelery one best. What a fun picture to have of your grandmother and her friends. Looks like it must have been hard to bend that handle.

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  33. Jane, I just LOVE the way your mind works. This is too cute and so versatile- excellent job! Don't know if I spelled "versatile" correctly. Need more coffee ;0)

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  34. as usual, i just LOVE your ideas, jane!!
    hope everything is going great~
    ox
    christina

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  35. What a fab idea for crying out loud! So simple and so perfect. Love the way it looks as a photo holder with the earring magnet (another inspired idea!). Thank you for sharing.

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  36. I've used these kind of strainers for junk art before, but never would I have thought that they had a built in display stand!! I love how your brain works!

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  37. Fantastic idea! Your White Wednesday post is filled with so many wonderfully inspiring images. Wishing you and yours all the best, Tammy

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  38. Ok I need to find these in my stash....I know they are here somewhere. What were you looking for....I probably have one here......can I say it again you amaze me...

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  39. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! What a creative idea!
    ~Heidi

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  40. Been catching up here Jane! You sure have been busy. I love the camera display, the jewelery hanger display, and the paint caddy is so cute!

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  41. What a great idea! Actually, so many ideas. Can't wait to find one of those to try one of your ideas. Thanks!

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  42. What a cool idea (the piece is actually a vintage potato grater)! I even had one in my kitchen utensil collection, but sold it. I wish I had seen this before I did! lol

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