Pssst, here's a test for junkers worldwide. What do you do with a baby crib spring found on the curbside? Shhhh, I'll give you the answer but you must keep quiet.
A crib spring and burlap makes for a beautiful wall weave display. I recently switched to a very neutral pallette with a more casual feel in my dining room. (Uh...like yesterday). This project helped achieve that look.
Notice I included Junkmarket member Bec4's ingenious wine rack idea here. It was made using a drawer from a vintage sewing table. As soon as I saw her post I knew I wanted to have my own! If you haven't seen the original...check it out. Be sure to stop by Bec4's creative blog to see all her great ideas.
Cost of seed pots - $.12/ea. Cost of thrifted glass - $1. Cost of plant from local metropark plant science center - $3. Finished junk vignette - priceless.
My project all started a couple months ago while driving my daughter to preschool. Lo and behold, I found this pile of junk along the way but had to get my daughter to school first. (Let's just say it was the fastest dropoff I've ever done. hehe.)
See the crib spring among the junk goodness below??
•natural burlap or fabric of your choosing (2-3 yards)
•picture hanging kit
Determine the size needed for your burlap strips. Make a small snip where you will cut. Instead of cutting right away, pull one thread out of the burlap where you snipped.
Now you have a perfectly straight line to use for cutting your burlap.
I highly recommend you cut all burlap strips before starting to weave.
Weaving complete! Another HIGHLY RECOMMENDed step - Have another set of eyes handy to look over your work WHILE you are weaving. My 9-year-old second set of eyes informed me multiple times I messed up the weave design. Thanks to Maddy I didn't complete the entire project before realizing my mistakes.
Just to keep the design simple, I made photocopies of pictures from a botanical book and attached them to gray cardstock. Using cool clips finished it off.
Next step, (an extra set of HANDS are nice) pull each fabric strip taut around frame and clip using a safety pin.
There are many ways to repurpose old bed springs. Check out Lani over at Cottage Elements. Her crib spring post was definitely my inspiration!
Due to safety regulations and liability with used cribs, springs are readily available in trash piles all across the nation. Be sure to pick one up for your next project and let us know what you came up with.
As always, take care and keep on junking!