Late Bloomers...

February 23rd, 2010 in member junk     
chippingcharm Laurel Putman, contributor
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These old shoe stretchers get a new job and a new look...blooming with vintage bobbles.
I suppose I could have painted these all one color but I preferred the different colors and their less than perfect appearance.
Rusty washers, vintage earrings and buttons...
...old enamel pins, a favorite of mine...all attached with Gorilla Super Glue... 
Here they are, just laying there looking pretty... to this old glass it an aquarium or a light fixture?  Not sure, but it works great for display...
Also looking lovely on this perfectly crusty grate...
I made enough for a whole junky was a little challenging getting them arranged since they are fairly top heavy...
...but strategically placed sheet music did the trick.
These old shoe stretchers get a new job and a new look...blooming with vintage bobbles.

These old shoe stretchers get a new job and a new look...blooming with vintage bobbles.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who finds these old shoe stretchers all over the place for cheap.  Whenever I see "cheap", I can hardly resist scooping them all up and waiting for an idea to hit after years of stinky shoe stretching and then a few more years of hanging out in a pile in my garage, they get a new life and a new look...

Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Laurel Putman...Chipping Charm
posted in: member junk, flowers, vintage jewelry, buttons, Shoe stretcher

Comments (20)

grabe writes: I do the same and don't you love it when the idea hits you? Then it's like omy goodness, rush to get it created! Fun Posted: 6:22 am on June 29th
NDJunkGirl writes: Laurel, these are really neat and your pictures are just wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

Andrea Posted: 9:50 pm on February 24th
DownHomeDIY writes: Ah, the smell of a sweet, successful project. I loved this project so much that I had a dream about finding mini shoe stretcher to make these. Too funny! So creative and beautiful!
Posted: 8:42 am on February 24th
ninnarae writes: Your bouquet is adorable! Never have had a clue what to do with those old stretchers- very creative! Posted: 10:47 pm on February 23rd
DumpsterDecorators writes: Neat idea and the display is great. Posted: 7:37 pm on February 23rd
LuAnn writes: Laurel: What a great idea. I have a lot of these and was going to make a bouquet by just painting them. I like your's better. Thanks for the inspiration.

LuAnn Posted: 6:04 pm on February 23rd
Heavenly_Treasures writes: LAUREL,
Had several of them and sold them all.You did a great job on them. Have a nice day.Robert. Posted: 5:28 pm on February 23rd
Prior writes: Saw some the other day and didn't get them, shoot!! Love your embellishments, the black and white is so classy. Lezlee Posted: 5:09 pm on February 23rd
shabbychick writes: Laurel - I love your vintage blooms! Such a clever use for old shoe stretchers - and leaving them with the original paint/finish was the right decision!

It makes me think of a whole new way! :)

We've got a bunch of them too - in pastel colors - and they definitely need to be put to use - thanks for the inspiration!

Take care,

Kathy Posted: 3:41 pm on February 23rd
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Your bouquet of beautified stretchers is divine! A gorgeous collection and such a unique way to display.

Thanks for another great post, Laurel! Love it!
Candy Posted: 3:34 pm on February 23rd
JunkArchitect writes: This has to be the coolest way to use old shoe stretches yet.

Posted: 2:44 pm on February 23rd
fellowjunker writes: Hi Laurel,
What a wonderfully unique idea for these old shoe stretchers....your pictures are absolutely gorgeous..well done!
xojanis Posted: 1:35 pm on February 23rd
CottageElements writes: Laurel, absolutely adorable! Love all the different ways you displayed them. Cute, cute, cute!

Lani Posted: 12:59 pm on February 23rd
RustyDiva writes: Uber cool flower bouquet! Love it! Great idea for these old things. Turns them from a country feel to a modern feel. Great job Laurel!

Kenda Posted: 12:28 pm on February 23rd
alicemom writes: Laurel,
So very clever!! I love them!!! Kudos!!
smiles, alice
Posted: 11:33 am on February 23rd
chicvintagetreasures writes: I can't believe how darn cute these are!!! I want one of the "bouquets" to display in my house. SO COOL! What a great use of junk! Posted: 10:54 am on February 23rd
54girl writes: Laurel, what a great imagination you have! Love the bouquet!!These are just so darn cute!! Great idea for those shoe stretchers! Mary Posted: 10:12 am on February 23rd
grannijo writes: Love your displays!!!...I have some shoe stretchers and was wondering what to do with them...great idea!....thanks for sharing...sharon Posted: 10:02 am on February 23rd
oldnews writes: Beautiful Laurel! I Love those shoe stretchers too, and have to scoop them up too when the price is just too good to pass by! These are wonderful! Marie Posted: 9:25 am on February 23rd
SnowmanHill writes: Love your displays, how fun! I really love the old grate, I never pass one up. Posted: 9:02 am on February 23rd
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