That’s right. I said banana holder, like the kind you see at the thrift store every day,like you might have on your counter right now. How about an upcycled banana hanger made into an awesome hanging vase?
The best part is, I got it in the mail! Because what could be a cooler party idea than 21 people mailing each other whatever they find at the thrift store, and then whatever you get you have to actually do something with? On purpose. In your own home.
Nothing. That’s what!
We took 21 bloggers and gave them the ultimate challenge. We let the person in front of you send you whatever they found at the thrift store, and they had to send something in turn to the person in front of them.The only rules were it had to be under $15 and it couldn’t be bigger than a bread box (and no food!). I think sometimes the shipping was more than the item! Talk about a feeling of fear mixed with anticipation of not knowing what you are going to get! And then you have to put your creative brain in gear and make it into something awesome. Luckily everyone was up to the challenge!
My sender was Stacy from Not just a housewife.
Stacy was very kind to me and did not send old tupperware. I am going to show you how I rocked a out the banana hook she sent into a very cool and eclectic vase.
First I wrapped the entire stem part up to the hook in twine and hot glued it. I left the base exposed because I kind of liked the wood. I waxed it with Miss Mustard Seed antiquing wax to bring out the depth and natural pattern of the wood.
I then bought a set of 3 scientific glass flask set
on Amazon to use for my vase part and I taped and spray painted the bottom of them with gold spray paint.
Then I wrapped some 22 ga. gold jewelry wire around the neck to make a hanger. I would say to be careful when you handle it not to shatter the glass by wrapping it too tightly. Also don’t hold it by the skinny neck part, that could cause the top pat to snap off. I wrapped it while it was sitting on the table.
I made a vignette with the other beakers. I love how pretty they look! I love the touch of gold with the lab writing on the side and the flask shape.
I think this is one of my most favorite projects I have done to date, and I think it was good to be challenged. I might by more flasks and do an entire set across my mantle.
Sometimes it’s good to work outside of your comfort zone a little bit!
Wait until you see what I sent Donna at Funky Junk interiors!!! I hope she doesn’t hate me too much!
And you can see everyone else’s projects by clicking on their links below! Some people got some veeeeery interesting things!
Funky Junk Interiors
My Sweet Savannah
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Four Generations One Roof
Home Stories A to Z
Today’s Creative Blog
Jeanne Oliver Designs
French Country Cottage
The Inspired Room
The Handmade Home
Makely School for Girls
East Coast Creative
At Home on the Bay
At the Picket Fence
Not Just a Housewife