Looking for inspiration for a few items?

April 11th, 2010 in member junk     
JanieBV JanieBV, member
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This is a large metal can (about 16-20 high) I got at a garage sale that came with three little cans that can hang on the side.  I believe the previous owner used it to plant flowers as there are holes drilled in the bottom, but Im looking more for a decorative purpose I guess.  I do not have a green thumb whatsoever.
Dont laugh as hard as my husband did, but when he was changing his brakes and I saw them I told him to save them for me as I was sure some very creative Junkmarket person could come up with a decorative use so that I could make something with them.  I have 4 and they are very heavy so Im thinking thant hanging them on a wall isnt an option but I am open to any other ideas.
This is the other side of the brake pad.  While Id like to say the rubber glove is in the picture just for showing the artistic artifacts size in relation to a rubber glove, its really because I didnt want to touch the gunky thing with my hand!!  ;-)
This is a large metal can (about 16-20 high) I got at a garage sale that came with three little cans that can hang on the side.  I believe the previous owner used it to plant flowers as there are holes drilled in the bottom, but Im looking more for a decorative purpose I guess.  I do not have a green thumb whatsoever.

This is a large metal can (about 16-20" high) I got at a garage sale that came with three little cans that can hang on the side.  I believe the previous owner used it to plant flowers as there are holes drilled in the bottom, but I'm looking more for a decorative purpose I guess.  I do not have a green thumb whatsoever.


I have a couple of items that I am looking for some creative assistance with.  I really am not a creative person whatsoever; however, I love to make things with "stuff."  I rarely come up with ideas on my own so I am appealing to all of you creative Junkmarketers.  Here are a few items that I've got hanging around that I would like to do something with but my mind is coming up blank.  Any ideas jumping out with anyone?


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Comments (7)

MakinItHappen writes: You can use the brake rotors as pedestals to elevate a statue or other decorative object in the garden. You can clear coat the galvanized tubs. Use the large one to hold magazines. Hang the small ones on a rod to hold items in the kitchen or in the foyer for keys, etc. Posted: 12:17 pm on April 13th
NDJunkGirl writes: My, what goodies you have here! Well, I would use the cans for a summer party. After you clean and poly I'd definitely hang the 3 small ones on the big one and sit right in the middle of the table. For sure stencil a random number on each one. I'd use them to hold the silverware and napkins. I'd use the large one for holding ice and drinks. Since there are holes you've have to place another container inside and then fill with ice. Yeah, I'd probably stencil a number on the big one too! You could also fill the large one with flowers. Re-post soon and let us know what you come up with!

Andrea Posted: 5:49 pm on April 12th
bluejean writes: I would separate the large can from the 3 small ones. The large one looks a lot like what I use for a trash can in my office. I'd paint it and maybe stencil the word "trash" on it or a number or letter. The 3 smaller ones could be used also in the office to organize office supplies. You could also use this idea in a bathroom (trash, towels, etc) or bedroom. Posted: 12:08 pm on April 12th
RustyDiva writes: I too would go the flower/plant route. I also was thinking bathroom like Lezlee. If you have the room ~ mine are tiny. I would use the break thing as an umbrella stand for my patio umbrella ~ the wind keeps blowing it right out of the table. Good luck and let us know what you do. Posted: 9:55 am on April 12th
JunkArchitect writes: How about hanging the small ones around the edge of the larger one...I still like the planter idea.

Jim
Posted: 9:31 am on April 12th
Prior writes: Yeah, I was thinking fountain, too. If your bathroom is large it could hold towels in the big one and bath products in the smaller, any type of sorting like that... Whatever, I love them so much... Fun to stencil numbers,words or letters on. I think you are more creative than you know, you certainly saw potential with the brakes and that is the first step! and of course, the unofficial mantra on here is, "make it a candle holder", just have fun! Lezlee Posted: 11:24 pm on April 11th
kopykatkim writes: If you could plug the holes it could be made into a fountain of some sort.But yes the flower thing is an easy way out. Posted: 10:15 pm on April 11th
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