Spindle Vase - Editor's Challenge Project # 3

August 11th, 2009 in blog, projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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This sassy little vase is good all on its own, but it also plays well with others.
I made five of these because I thought they would add a touch of whimsy to my long and narrow farm table running right down the center. Other than the spindles (which are actually pretty easy to find) you will need small test tubes,  inexpensive, glass votive holders (mine were 99 cents apiece), washers to fit, Gorilla Super Glue,polyurethane, a paint brush and some flowers. I used mum plants because they were less expensive then buying cuts.
The cheese stands alone!
Apply Gorilla Super Glue to glass votive holder.
Slip on the washer.  I added the washer to repeat the metal on the edges of the spindles. Not neccessar, just a design choice.
What do I do on Saturday nights? I sit on my powder room floor and take pictures of votive holders and washers. Te Hee...
Heres the slick part. Put some glue around the rim of the test tube and then...
Slip it in the wider end of the spindle. It goes all the way to the top of the spindle, but stops just before it comes out. I was very pleased to discover this. Set spindles aside and allow to dry.
When they are dry, put glue at base of spindle and attach it to the washer and votive holder. Almost done!
To give the the spindles a polshed look, brush on a coat of poly.
Another Saturday night and I aint got nobody!
Introducing, the five little soldiers.
This sassy little vase is good all on its own, but it also plays well with others.

This sassy little vase is good all on its own, but it also plays well with others.

These are spindles from a textile mill in Texas. Queen of Quantity cornered the market on them and has been sharing the wealth ever since. Ha! I initially made a windchime with these for the Today Show a while back and then JMS contributor, Georgia was gifted with some of these babies and she wrapped a terra cotta pot with them. Now JMS, contributor Lani has had some unloaded on her. She'll have them at the Flea in Anoka, MN this weekend so I thought I would throw out a quick and easy idea that anyone can tackle.

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Comments (11)

shabbychick writes: These are great Sue! I love their color and simple, elegant style!

Kathy Posted: 8:55 am on August 17th
JunkArchitect writes:
This has to be the BEST use for these. They definitely have a bigger impact when grouped in a bunch...fantastic project.


Posted: 9:37 pm on August 13th
writes: Sue,
This is the best idea with these yet. Super cool and simple.

Me likey!

JennyK Posted: 1:03 am on August 13th
CottageElements writes: Sue, love the colors on these and they fit perfectly with the French Flea's Provence theme this month. They are so fun! I'll have to think up more ideas to do with them. I purchased quite a few, but I'm sure it's only a dent in what the "Queen of Quanity" has. But they sure are cool!

Lani Posted: 11:51 pm on August 11th
georgiamoon writes: Sue this is such a cute idea, I have just about run out of ideas with these babies. I think I will print up this page and put it with the spindles I have left to show the folks another thing that can be done with them. Another challenge met with super creativity! Love ya, Geo Posted: 10:46 pm on August 11th
oldnews writes: These are so cool! Marie Posted: 9:09 pm on August 11th
alicemom writes: Love them! Standing tall and pretty. Yet another goodie!
Smiles, Alice Posted: 8:39 pm on August 11th
LuAnn writes: Indeed another classic from the master. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday night.

LuAnn Posted: 7:51 pm on August 11th
monakent writes: Beautiful!!! Simple, yet stunning. gailmarie Posted: 6:22 pm on August 11th
grannijo writes: Sue another great idea!...how cool will these be on your Thanksgiving table!!and then again on your Christmas table!...all with different looks...like the colors of the votive holders....thanks for sharing!!...will enter into my book of ideas!!...about full!!..lol..sharon Posted: 6:05 pm on August 11th
RustyDiva writes: Love the vibrant colors! Another great idea from the master! Posted: 5:58 pm on August 11th
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