Repurposed …Floral Friday

Today’s projects are the result of wild hairs on the brain. The inspiration came about after replacing a light fixture globe that I was very tired of seeing. It seemed like the glass part should be used for something before I donate it to a thrift store. A brain hiccup later, I decided that using it as a flower arrangement container would be worth trying.

The most glaring problem with that idea is that the light globe has a small cone-shaped protrusion at the center of the bottom. To remedy the situation, I nestled the globe on top of a stainless steel spice mortar (as in mortar and pestle). The result is an ad hoc facsimile of a fancy urn.

Pastel floral elements predominate in this semi-formal arrangement. Now I don’t know whether to display it in the living room or the kitchen.

A few years ago some nice deadwood dropped from a tree. It was cleaned up and varnished with shellac in order to somewhat resemble deer antlers. The small branches contain collectible very vintage plastic flowers. I brought the arrangement upstairs from the basement this week and dusted it off to use as an example of repurposing old pieces of trees. Plus, I hadn’t seen those old plastic flowers since two or three years ago.

The first food product that the Del Monte company sold in cans was their blend of ground coffee. That was before they adopted their famous shield logo. The company discontinued their coffee line several years ago, but the empty cans and jars remain curiosities. Why not park an orchid in my old Del Monte can? This is a good way to use a vintage collectible if a plastic liner is placed in the can before adding anything else.


The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes Booker T Washington. “Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than to the large things; to the every day things nearest to us rather than to the things that are remote and uncommon.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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8 Responses to Repurposed …Floral Friday

  1. Alien Resort says:

    I have a 60 year old can of popcorn (3 Minute brand). Do you think it will still pop?

  2. Jeff Flesch says:

    Wow. That deadwood vase is beautiful, Jay.

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