Saturday, June 23, 2012

Potato Masher Tote Project

Good Morning.

I'm back in the kitchen again, not to cook, but to repurpose another vintage kitchen tool.

This project was very easy to make.  It took me longer to take the pictures and write this post than it did to make the tote.

For this project you will need a potato masher, two bread loaf pans and three nuts and bolts.
 I found my bread loaf pans at a garage sale last week for 25 cents.  They are lightweight aluminum and measure approximately 9.5" x 5.5".

 I first drilled three matching holes along the top edge of both bread pans.  I sandwiched the potato masher in between the pans and then added the nuts/bolts to secure them together.  These bolts are a little too long but it's all I had at the moment.
The bottom of the potato masher makes a nice base for the pans.
And the handle at the top makes it easy to carry.
 I added a few old bottles to mine (basically because they were close by).
 But I could see this used in the kitchen to hold spices, oven mitts, tea towels.....or used outside for paper plates and napkins.
Looks like we might be getting rain this morning so no picnic for me today.

Have a great weekend.

Jane

53 comments:

  1. Such a fun idea! Love it but I think you overpaid on those pans. he he

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  2. Jane! You did it again! I love that, how adorable!
    I really wish you'd stop making so many cool things,
    I really have no room in my house for the things I'm copying from you!
    Susan
    Homeroad

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  3. Jane, I always wondered how you could find the spices that you need that is always setting on the counter top to be more organized. Now I know. It would really be simple to make. You and my DIL would go together with your power equipment. Their family makes wooden puzzles, toys, Christmas ornaments. It is raining here and we needed it so bad.

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  4. cute idea! love how you put individual items together to make something so unique and brand new!

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  5. This is fabulous. I love it. I could use this 'carrier' in a few places in my home. Thanks for sharing.
    Cheers!
    Miss Ellie

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  6. Another brilliant repurposing project!

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  7. Another wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. very nifty. Like it with the picnic supplies!
    Looks handy. Does your mind every REST?!

    Pat

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  9. You are on a roll. Give a woman powertools and she conquers the world!

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  10. Absolutely wonderful! I'll have to do this one :) You're amazing...

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  11. That is a good Idea....I think it would work for carrying cleaning supplies room to room....

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  12. My gosh you are creative, girl! What a great idea, it inspires all kinds of uses! It's already flying around Pinterest! XO

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  13. brilliant! and I have a suggestion for the too-long screws...when I have that problem, I just cut off the excess with my Dremel...using the saw-off blade...if you don't have a Dremel, you need to get one to add to your power tool arsenal...you will love it!

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  14. Great idea and three more "junks" rescued!

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  15. Love it! I'd have a hard time deciding what to put in it...so many options. Very clever!

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  16. You are so clever! I love the projects you come up with. Have a nice weekend, Mary :O)

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  17. I just adore your creativity -- out of all the blogs I get emailed I think your's is the BEST! I just look forward to what you will come up with next!! This project is so fun, and I beleive my mil has all the ingredients :)

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  18. I swear (even though I normally don't) :) you are a GENIUS!!! :)

    Now to find a potato masher! :)

    Niki :)

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  19. You continue to amaze me at what you come up with!!! Love it!

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  20. When you mentioned all of the "ingredients" that you were using for this project, I tried to guess what you were making. Couldn't come up with anything, but that's because I just don't have the imagination that you do. This is fantastic, and another great idea, Jane!

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  21. this is the cutest!! what a great idea, have to make one for myself.

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  22. I like it! And you got me all excited when you said you were in the kitchen, couldn't wait to see what you were making:@)

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  23. Very cute and creative and chic.
    www.kamsmomusa.blogspot.com

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  24. Very clever of you. Happy Creating...

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  25. Son of a gun if that ain't just the most cleverest creation I've seen lately. I love it!
    Carol

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  26. Jane,
    Brilliant idea!!!!So many fun uses for this.This would be pretty as a planter too with holes drilled on the bottom.I LOVE your ideas!
    (((((Hugs)))
    Anne

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  27. Oh my, I will be copying this, maybe with some little wood boxes--so brilliant!

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  28. Oh my gosh, that is AWESOME!!! You say easy and simple like everyone comes up with genius ideas as easy as you do Jane! I know in theory this was easy but it looks so cool that nobody will believe that. Happy Weekend! t.xoxoxo

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  29. Absolutely Fabulous.

    Blessings,
    Margo aka Robolady

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    This correspondence does not imply a binding contract.

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  30. I am always blown away by all your clever repurposed ideas. Love it! Wish my mind was this creative!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Betsy

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  31. Jane, What a clever and unique idea...I love this!

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  32. Hey Jane....this post couldn't have come at a better time as I just picked up a stack of these pans at the Goodwill this week. I haven't had a vision yet....but I think now I'll be looking for some mashers! Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings, Susie

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  33. Another amazing creation. LOVE IT.............must do one.
    Blessings.
    Audrey Z @ Timeless Treasures.

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  34. Another fantabulous idea! How come you don't have your own DIY/thrifting tv show? Hope all is well! Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

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  35. What a fun, easy, and useful project. Love it as always.

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  36. You think like no one else....wonderful Jane.

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  37. Jane you never cease to amaze me with your brilliant ideas.

    hope all is well with you,

    Carole

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  38. is there no end to your creative genius???
    You amaze me!!!

    blessings
    barb

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  39. I love the bread loaf pan carrier with the picnic supplies. You are just way too clever and I always enjoy stopping by your blog.

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  40. You are entirely too good at creating! amazing

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  41. They say copying someone is a great form of compliment. Here is my version. It was so fun to make. http://thoughtfulimagesink.com/2012/07/31/bread-pan-tote/

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  42. Hi, I love your projects and ideas! I am trying to follow your blog but it isn't working :( I will try again later. I have a blog that gives you tips, ideas, advice about reusing and re-purposing products that are normally used for something else. I liked your post so much that I posted it on my blog and told everyone to check out your tutorial on the project. Take a look and please follow me! www.reuserepurpose.blogspot.com Thanks!

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  43. You're a pretty popular blogger, lots of comments. I really enjoyed seeing what you did with loaf pans and potato masher. Pretty darned smart. I'm a new subscrsiber. Happy Week

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