Sunday, September 18, 2011

Spindle Spiderweb

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend.
It was a cool, rainy weekend in the midwest.  There were a lot of neighborhood garage sales going on but I didn't go to a single one.  I'm trying to show a little buying restraint (very difficult) as I really need to use what I have on hand before buying more.

So with that in mind, I dug through some of the stuff I had and I came across a huge bag of old spindles that I remember buying at an antique mall.
 They kind of look like a pile of bones don't they.  Might be good for Halloween "as is".

Each spindle is 5 3/4" long.
 I first started playing around with the idea of making a sunburst ornament.
I cut a small circle out of cardboard and then glued 12 spindles around the circle.
 The sunburst ornament idea wasn't working for me but since Halloween is on my mind I thought I would try and turn this into a spiderweb.

I grabbed some string (I found 3 huge spools of string this week at a thrift store for $2.00 apiece),
And began wrapping it around the spindles to create a web.
 The indentations in the spindles made this an easy process.

Once I was finished stringing the web, I glued a button in the middle and then added a big, black spider.
 Twelve spindles used.....a hundred more in the bag......so.....

I'm thinking "icicle" ornaments for the Christmas tree this year.
I cut off the nub part on a few of the spindles and added screw eyes so they could hang on the tree.

I don't have a tree handy to see how they look, but I'm hoping they will resemble icicles.
Any other ideas that you guys might have?  I would love to hear them.

I was curious if these spindles were still available to purchase through the retail market.
I did find several online companies that sell this exact spindle (unpainted).
A quick google search for "wood spindles" was all I did to find them.
Just sharing the info. in case anyone was interested in making some spindle projects.

I'm linking with Amy @ WhisperWood Cottage for:
The Talent Scouting Party.

The link for the party opened today (July 16, 2012 - this is a post from last year but updated to be included in the party) and it's an open call for Autumn Decor.  The winning project will be featured in an upcoming issue of Cottages & Bungalows magazine so if you have a fall project you would like to link, head on over to WhisperWood Cottage for full details.

Have a great week.

Jane

57 comments:

  1. I never know what you will come up with next,
    how cute. leave it to you!

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  2. Okay! That spider web is nothing short of inspired!! Really great idea!

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  3. I do also like the idea of a jar of bones. Cute idea!

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  4. What a great way to repurpose your spindles! Especially changing the plan 'on the fly'.

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  5. So fun, Jane! Looking forward to seeing the icicles, too!

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  6. Love your spider web. What a great idea. For your 'icicles' try adding a little glitter for an extra sparkle! Of course there is always the clock idea. Maybe use old address numbers. Just jumped on to your blog. Love what I'm reading!
    Cherish Life *Lisa*

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  7. What about incorporating them into some kind of snowflake design using the same connecting idea, since many snowflakes have a central radiating shape? oh, and glitter...lots of glitter lol

    xx
    z

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  8. Drumsticks? I got nothing. I don't know how these ideas just come to you. That's a cool spiderweb!

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  9. Geez girl, I thought you were going to build an entire skeleton with those bones when I saw the first pic. I love the spiderweb!

    Maybe paint some red and string them end to end as a garland? Or get some of those antique tin candle holders that used to clip onto Victorian era trees and fashion a flame-free replica from your spindles? I really don't know what I'm talking about, but I'm sure by Christmas you'll have scads of ideas!

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  10. With an adornment there in the center - this would make a great snowflake ornament. I have some purchased beaded ones that are essentially the same thing in shape. White? - Christmas? - oh yeah!

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  11. It's official! You are the most creative and talented person I know. How is it that each project is more amazing than the last? You keep me coming back, that's for sure! Any chance I can feature you in the Authentic Style Series at WWC?

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  12. You are on a roll, lady! : ) Love the spiderweb idea, Jane! It looks great. I like your skeleton idea and wonder if you could connect it together with those eye hooks and maybe get a skeleton head from the dollar store.

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  13. your ideas always amaze me! The web is adorable

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  14. Who looks at spindles and says...spiderweb, you are amazing. Girl, there is no way we could come up with any better ideas than are floating around your head!

    Carol

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  15. Maybe some kind of pinwheel or whirligig contraption for the garden? Maybe nice pegs for a really looong chippy coat rack?

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  16. I really think you need to write a book. You always come up with the best ideas. You don't need to ask us. You are the pro.

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  17. Love the spider web! I agree with Kim, you have the best ideas and could write a book!!

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  18. i think they'd be cool fashioned into handles, on a dresser or tray, sawing off the nub end so they are symmetrical and adding some kind of hardware and spacers to hold them in place

    love the spider web--it would look great spray-painted black, too, with a glittery spider.

    i have a feeling that if you stare at the spindles long enough, something inspired will come out of that crafty brain of yours!

    maggie
    http://www.themagrag.com

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  19. You are UBER creative! I can hear your mind whirring from here!!! ;}

    m ^..^

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  20. I need a stamp so I can write the same thing over and over. You amaze me! Who looks at a bag of spindles and sees what you see? I have had a stack of them in my garage for years and got nothing, just shift them from one space to another!

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  21. I have you on my sidebar and yes I did think they were finger bones. Fake finger bones of coarse. Jane, how do you do it? Everything you touch, does it always turn out so good?
    Lisa

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  22. I like the web. I though of bones too!

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  23. The web is cute Jane! My immediate thought was they look like bones, I'd love to see you make a skeleton out of them-too fun:@)

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  24. Ok, I was zipping through my reader and stopped to comment... of course this was your blog Jane! Everything I love was made by you! I love the icicles and I also think they would make great skeleton arms and legs.... :) Great spider web you crafty lady!
    Susan :)

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  25. What an adorable spider web!!! Just the cutest.

    They definitely look like bones..finger bones.

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  26. Hahaha I didn't even read the other comments about the skeleton!
    Susan

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  27. Love your spider web. How creative you are!

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  28. Well, here's more proof that your mind works on a whole different level than everyone else's! I could definitely see the spindles looking like a pile of bones, but I never would have thought to make a spiderweb out of them. It's really fantastic Jane!

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  29. I don't like spider webs OR spiders, but that is adorable! I am drooling over the pretty spool of string, it's so pretty in itself!

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  30. That spider web is awesome, Jane!

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  31. That spider web came out awesome Jane! I love it!

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  32. What an imaginative use for all those spindles! Love it!!

    Noreen
    www.make-homemade-gifts.com

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  33. Fantastic spiderweb! I don't know if the folks in my area think that stuff is worth keeping, because I never find interesting stuff like that. Big flea market this weekend, so I'm hoping to find some goodies. Maybe I'll get to make my own spiderweb. ;-) Have a great week!

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  34. pure genius!!!

    I have some robins egg blue spindles ... I may hang hooks from them for a chandelier.

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  35. How adorable :) This is my first time to pop by! So nice to meet you!
    Off to check out more of your blog!

    Have a blessed week,
    Kay Ellen

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  36. Love the spider web and plastic spiders are my favorite!

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  37. Love the icicle idea!!! I can't believe Christmas is only 3 months away!

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  38. Hi Jane, you are something else with your creativity! Love this project as I do all of your projects.

    Enjoy your day,
    Gail

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  39. You come up with the best ideas. Love the spider web.

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  40. Gah! You kill me! They did look like a pile of bones. I love this idea, Jane. I don't know what possesses you to pick up the things that you do. Plus, you must have "string radar."

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  41. I just found your blog and love it! I didn't read through all the comments to see if someone suggested this already, but you could do one of those starburst mirrors. Thanks for all the inspiration!

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  42. Those spider spindles are just adorable! You are so clever- what a great imagination you have.

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  43. Jane
    Have been reading you for awhile now and am AMAZED with all the ideas you come up with...totally beyond how most minds work!!
    Fantastic!!

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  44. I love both ideas for the spindles! The spider web is a really classy looking Halloween decoration!

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  45. Geez, you just never cease to amaze me with your fun and creative ideas! I love the spider web, and can't wait to see the 'icicles' on your tree.

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  46. great idea.
    they really do look like bones don't they.

    blessings
    barb

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  47. One of the great name is spider web . Such a great idea. Try to adding a little glitter for an extra sparkle! Of course there is always the clock idea. I am just in completing stage.
    forex

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  48. Found you by way of Funky Junk, and you are at the top of my list for creative blogs. I will have to keep myself away from looking at all your wonderful projects all day, because I have to much to do, but I will definitely be back to do a lot of catch up. Glad I found your blog! Jackie

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  49. When I first saw the pile of 'bones' I envisioned a skeleton. Glory their uses could be endless.

    What a find...I can't wait to see what ya do with 'em with your most creative mind.

    God bless ya and have a beautiful day sweetie. It's good to be back. :o)

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  50. Soooooooo very cool! I hate real spiders but I could see a ton of fake ones on this beauty!

    Jeanine

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  51. I don't even like Halloween decorations and I think this is so neat!! I do think the spindles hanging on the tree will look great too.

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  52. I remember this project from last year! So fabulous, Jane! Thanks for linking up to The Talent Scouting Party at WhisperWood Cottage!

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  53. So clever! I love that you "typically have on hand" what you need when inspiration hits. A gal after my own heart. =)

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