Vase / Candle / Office Supply Holder made from Insulators

July 17th, 2009 in member junk     
bluejean bluejean, member
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This works great in a office to hold paper clips, rubber bands, scissors.....
Because these insulators are ceramic they make great vases.  
I didnt glue the insulators into the molding so that they could be removed for easy cleaning.
Small votive candles are just the right size.  I suppose you could use taller tapered candles as well.
Here you can see the feet.
This works great in a office to hold paper clips, rubber bands, scissors.....

This works great in a office to hold paper clips, rubber bands, scissors.....


Again I was inspired by one of Sue's books to do something with insulators.  I have never seen brown ceramic ones like these before (only blue or clear glass), and had to have them.  I have pile of vintage molding and pairing the two made sense.  I used small wooden vintage knobs for legs. 

Tip: Instead of using a jig-saw to cut out the holes, I used an attachment on my drill that makes perfect holes.  Because the wood is oak it took a bit of muscle but was worth it.


Pattern or design used: My own design - Repurposed Antiques
posted in: member junk, vintage, tabletop, container, centerpiece, wood, plant holder, vase, candle holder, organizer, family room, kitchen, porch, bedroom, entry, dining room, bathroom, study, brown, office, sunroom, jar, mudroom, ceramic

Comments (8)

smiller0529 writes: Awesome idea! I have the three clear ones and a blue one. Can't seem to find the ceramic ones either. Great use of insulators! Posted: 7:26 am on January 21st
shabbychick writes: What a great project! I've got quite a few of the clear/blue ones - ceramic ones must be harder to come by. They look awesome and are so multi-functional!!

I need a hole saw...adding that to my list!

Kathy Posted: 11:53 am on July 20th
junkermidge writes: Oh what a neat project. So cute, functional, and versatile.
I love it!
Midge Posted: 10:40 pm on July 18th
alicemom writes: I am impressed with your tool use too! Love it all. It is such a versatile piece.
smiles, alice Posted: 11:25 am on July 18th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Add me to the list of never seeing the ceramic insulators. Very cool! Love the versatility of your project as well.

Candy Posted: 9:54 am on July 18th
MimiToria writes: Love your project. I just sold an ceramic insulator like that at our last occasional sale in Anoka. I'd never seen them before either, and thought the mocha color of the one I had purchased to sell, was such a great color.
Your innovation with the wood, little feet, etc. is super. Love it with the flowers!
Gretchen Posted: 12:09 am on July 18th
CottageElements writes: Great job, Bluejean! Love your use of hand tools, too. I'm very impressed. I'm not very versed in them myself (I'd love a class). I love it with the flowers, but using them for paperclips is great for your organization. Nice work!

Lani Posted: 10:45 pm on July 17th
suewhitney writes: Thanks Bluejean, I'm glad you were inspired. Your version of the project turned out beautifully! It's a handy little thing isn't it? For all of you who want to make this I believe the attachment Bluejean is referring to is a hole saw. Every junker should have one in their toolbox. Great job!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 3:14 pm on July 17th
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