With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to share a few simple gift ideas. DIY of course!
Each one has been created using this vintage upholstery webbing that I picked up from General Salvage.
Project #1 – Quick & Easy Planter
You’ll need the following supplies:
- Large coffee can including plastic lid
- Modge Podge fabric glue
- Popsickle Stick to spread the glue
- Ball of jute
- Tape measure, marking pen & scissors
- Upholstery webbing
- Potting Soil
- Plant of your choice
Steps to make the planter:
Things to note:
- When you cut the webbing, allow the length to overlap slightly. I discovered the webbing shrinks as it dries, so my ends pulled away from each other leaving a bit of a gap once it was dry.
- The Modge Podge will bleed through the webbing, so try to wipe it off as you go.
- Placing the lid on the bottom of the tin is for added protection against rust spots being left on surfaces where the planter will sit.
Last step… Plant it up!
I planted lavender, but you can plant up anything you wish.
Project #2 – A Stand for Mom’s Magazines!
You’ll need these supplies:
- Old knitting stand frame (you can usually thrift these)
- Hardware for assembly (save the old, but you will probably need extra screws)
- Doweling (you decide the thickness based on your frame, *images 5 & 6 below)
- Wood stripping (3/4″ x 1/8″) *images 9-12 below
- Paint (for frame and doweling)
- Modge Podge
- Upholstery Tacks *images 17 & 18 below
- Chain (I repurposed chain, *images 13 & 14 below, from the moss basket hanger I used for my DIY Capiz Chandelier)
- Decorative wood stripping, stained or painted (mine was repurposed from the knitting frame, *image 17)
- Upholstery Webbing
Steps to make the magazine rack:
A few things to note at this stage:
- Checking that the doweling fits is really important; I actually sewed one of mine a smidgen too tight, and had to redo it. Imagine if the project was all finished except for sliding the doweling in!
- If you intend to paint your doweling, now is a good time for that.
- The reason you Modge Podge your webbing ends (*image 7) is you’ll be attaching it to the frame with screws (*image 9-11), and this reinforces the webbing.
This project is a little more involved, but still not a huge undertaking. The next set of steps are easier if you have a helping hand, a drill and some patience!
The last step I took was to do a light black paint wash on the inside strips of the stand.
And voila, an old knitting stand repurposed into a chic new magazine stand for Mom using vintage upholstery webbing !
What do you think? Are either of these projects tempting to try?
My Mom taught me a lot about repurposing things. She was pretty amazing at taking something tired and old, and making it look like new. She didn’t hesitate to roll up her sleeves and tackle a project, and she was never daunted by the scope no matter how big or small. I’m grateful for the things she taught me, and I miss not being able to ask her ‘how to’ questions as I undertake my own projects. If she didn’t have an answer, it wasn’t long before she came up with one. That’s just the way my Mom was… I miss my Mom. Mom, this one’s for you! xoxo
Thanks for stopping by!
Photographs by Sheila Zeller