...from a mountain of ugly, non-recyclable packing clips for skis. If you missed the opening ceremonies, click here to read all about it. Briefly, I challenged myself to repurpose 247 of these landfill-bound doohickies:
...and I think I've got a good chance of doing it. In Round One I used 48 of them, making Asian-inspired scroll-leg platforms for planters and objets d'art.
Don't these things make awesome tray handles?
They're great fun to embellish with beads, but I also love them plain, simple and slightly industrial-looking, as in these made from reclaimed scrap wood:
How'd I make 'em? Here's the basic idea. I started with some odd wood scraps from the burn pile.
I cut 2 pieces of hefty 20 gauge wire and made tiny loops on the ends. Then threaded the wire through matching holes I drilled in the ski clips and the wood.
Underneath, I twirled more tiny loops to hold everything tight. I smashed the loops flat, and covered them up with fuzzy adhesive dots.
That's a tray, baby! An ideal blank slate, all ready to paint, stencil or decoupage.
I tried a stenciled graphic on the plainest one: number 49 because I already used 48 of the clips.
To make the fancier, bead-embellished tray, I started with a dollar store picture frame featuring Leo The Generic Lion. I replaced Leo with pretty paper and drilled four holes.
Here's how I made the beaded handles:
I attached the handles to the tray using the same method as before.
Awfully cute, eh?
I shopped my house and found several more trays (or tray analogs) that look fantastic with their new, industrial black handles. This first one is a 1960's vintage TV dinner tray:
I also added handles to a plain-jane mirror and a cute Melamine dish from the dollar store:
In all I made six trays (but could have kept going for days). So in Round Two, I used 12 more clips, bringing my total to 60.
Round Three? Bring it on.
In case you missed any: