Monday, August 3, 2009

Another Easy Picture Holder

Project Rating: PE,TT,BE {Pretty Easy, Takes Time, But Easy}

First the backstory: Almost a month ago one of my flea market friends gave me these little spice bottles. At the time I didn't know what I was going to do with them ~ then the "a ha" moment ~ Of course, I'll make some MORE picture holders for the flea market I'll be doing this weekend.

Anyone who follows my blog knows I have a BIG thing for unique "do-it=yourself" picture holders.



First, I filled the bottles with old book scraps. I like how they look FILLED better than empty.



Next, I took my scraps of pictures, books, and writing; and covered the outsides. I wanted a scientific look...you could do any style you like.



I gathered up my supplies including old buttons and wire.



I got out my wire cutters and round-nose pliers to cut and bend wire.



If you go to my last photo holder tutorial, you can see my technique for bending and attaching the wire.

I added buttons and embellishments, and finally...

I made little pictures to display with the bottles, but you could display whatever you want ~ business cards, photos, wedding table numbers, place cards ~ anything you want!

62 comments:

  1. Oh, this is inspiring for all sorts of themes! thanks for sharing.

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  2. What fun! Do you mention somewhere how you age your wire? Or does it come that old color and I just haven't found it? Thanks! ~Mindy

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  3. Once again....so clever Joan! I love this idea....Thanks for sharing your creative talent!
    :) Laura

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  4. very cool I love them. so inspiring..

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  5. These are fantastic! I love how aged they look. You're so smart. ;)
    *Tricia

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  6. Love these! It's so obvious that YOU know it really IS the simple little surprises that make a day special :-)

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  7. Another cute, creative,and unique idea!!
    You are so great to share things.
    thanks
    blessings
    Barbara jean

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  8. Joan,
    These are adorable! Love them. Thanks for sharing this idea!

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  9. I just bought several old spice bottles at the thrift store today (all of them for 75 cents). Your post could not have come at a better time. Thanks for a great idea!!

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  10. Great idea, I really love these! You could use these bottles for so many things. Thanks.
    Debra

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  11. How wonderful! Must make some myself ;-) ... just love those recycled DIY objects.
    Thanks for sharing!!!

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  12. Amazing idea for recycling spice bottles! The result is so creative and attractive and very unique!

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  13. This is so creative and I really like them. You are such a clever girl!

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  14. Clapping my hands with excitement!!!! Can you see??? Love it... great idea... and free [or almost] Thanks for all your great ideas.

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  15. Love them! Since this is a tutorial, I'm assuming you have given us your blessing, and permission to attempt to make them?? I have a bunch of vintage, not antique, bottles gathering dust in the shed. No stoppers, so I'll need to think on that. Can't wit till I have a day off...shredding some old book pages sounds fun...Hey! It's all in the name of awesome rejunkin' right? *elaine*

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  16. How cute are these! And you crack me up with your different "rating" scale. :o)

    Blessings and Aloha!

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  17. Oh wow! These are so cool! I'm going to check out your tutorial on bending wire, I've never been wire friendly *smiles* so maybe this will help. Thanks for sharing *smiles*

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  18. Let me answer a couple questions. The wire is 19 gauge annealed wire. The annealing process makes the wire black, and it holds its shape when bent. And, of course, you can make the bottles for yourselves and to sell!!!

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  19. What a smart idea, and very, very charming too.
    Rhonda

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  20. I love how your mind works. These are awesome. I need to check out your other photo holders
    Dawn

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  21. This is a really cute idea. Just sent a link to my daughter-in-law who is a pre-school literacy specialist. She also loves display some of the many pics she takes.

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  22. What a creative ideas..really inspiring.
    May the rest of your week be filled with joy
    ♥Ita

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  23. Those are REALLY cool! I love that idea for stylish photo display. May have to "steal" this one! :) Thanks for linking up to Trash to Treasure on REINVENTED!

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  24. Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday you clever-and-talented-junker,
    Happy Birthday to you!

    Did you know you share a birthday with the Queen Mother, Billy Bob Thornton and Louis Armstrong...and of course Barack Obama!

    Have a swell day!
    xo
    Pam

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  25. It's something that I've tried doing for myself but never thought of making them to sell.
    The wire gives it that special look and function. Thanks for sharing your creativity!
    Carole

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  26. Love your way with vintage things. Great pictures holders. You have such great ideas.

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  27. What a great idea! They are absolutely darling. I can't wait to try this!

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  28. I love these! Putting the paper inside really makes a difference as well as the "scientific look" on the outide! Great!

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  29. What a fantastic project! We were in the same post today over at The Feathered Nest! Yay!

    I am going to go looking for my old spice bottles now...

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  30. I love them!!! Very creative.

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  31. The cutest bottles ever...Very creative, my minds already kicked into what I could create, thanks for the inspiration... xoxo~Kathy~ @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  32. Fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing this. I would love to make some to use on my holiday table as place card holders and fill them will a little take home treat!

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  33. you inspired me to do this! I bought the wire yesterday. It smells and it got my hands black!?
    does your wire do that? I had some old bottles, and just a couple of weeks ago, I had some old family photos reprinted. They look really cool!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    love your blog!
    gail

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  34. I LOVE the idea of filling them with old book pages! They turned out amazing!

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  35. Ohhh, And I love your bottles and your snowman bottles too. Scrumptious!

    Smiles,
    Becky

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  36. I love these bottles! Great use of vintage materials!

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  37. Loved your idea and can't wait to try making some. Have a lovely weekend..

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  38. These are really cute. Great idea.

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  39. I LOVE these! WOuld you be interested in selling some? ADORABLE!

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  40. These are as cute as they can be! Great idea!!

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  41. these are just the cutest things ever !

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  42. These are really cute...very creative.
    Have a great VTT!

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  43. place cards for parties--think of the Halloween ones--or birthday--or valentines

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  44. CUTE, CUTE, CUTE!!! I love it when trash becomes a real treasure.

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  45. WOW-that is such a great idea!

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  46. wow another creative project! love the end result! pretty when you put them all together..

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  47. You are so creative. I believe you could take anything and make it special with a vintage look!

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  48. Girl, do you sleep ?? I bet your minds goes a mile a minute !
    Kammy

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  49. Wow! Those are so great!!! Thank you for sharing this fantastic idea.

    Kristine

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  50. LOVE THIS! You're so clever & creative and always inspiring! Thanks for joining me today!

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  51. Those a FABULOUS! I really like the hose nozzles, too - you are one clever lady :)

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  52. Wow you are creative! Using found BASIC objects for these picture holders and making them look
    fabulous. Very nice!

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  53. what a clever little cookie!!..i love your idea!!..love the look of the filled jars :)

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  54. so darling... so so so darling!

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  55. They look wonderful. From the title, I couldn't think what on earth you were going to do, but it all makes sense now!

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  56. These are lovely, I have tons of these old bottles!

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