Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Do you know what these are?

These are old, rusty bed springs used for crafting.
I started seeing these all cutified last fall when I was trolling e-bay for craft ideas.
I found these the day my sister-in-law, Amy and I went to Canton. 
Read about it here. 
We both got three.
We paid $5.00 for three of them which I thought a fair deal for junk.
I had seen them for more money on e-bay when you consider shipping.
These are junk, trash, discards. I have a problem with paying big bucks for garbage.  
I had no idea that I would find a whole mess of them in the trash pile at the cabin were I stayed this summer with my brother and his wife.

Typically old homes have a vintage trash pile somewhere on the property to throw cans, bottles and junk. 
A friend of mine found antique bottles at her grandparent's farm. She used them at her daughter's wedding. She gussied them up with lace and buttons and stuff.
(Unfortunately, I didn't find any cool bottles. I think my brother has taken them all.)

I found the spring to an old seat of some kind.
I decided rather than bring the whole thing home, I would take the springs off. 
Wouldn't you know it? I couldn't find a decent tool at the place! The man who owns this cabin must have tools in his truck. I managed to get about 10 springs. I spent hours ripping them apart.

Since I was put in charge of figuring out what to do with the aforementioned springs, I decided that it was none too soon to begin figuring out what the heck we are going to do with them.

I can proudly say that after $35.00 is supplies and 4 days I finally have one that looks good. 
Go me!!

It was kind of by accident. 

I bought a pumpkin or two at Hobby Lobby and tried them out on the nodders.
I decided I needed to make my pumpkins.
I looked for a tutorial on line and came across this darling blog called The Cottage Home. She had an awesome one that totally helped me out.
Read about it here. 
I got an assortment of orange fabric for my pumpkins.

Thank you, Walmart.
They need to be about three inches in diameter.
I spent hours (days).

I even painted drop cloth fabric orange.

Now don't get me wrong, these pumpkins are cute as all get out but, not right for the top of the nodder.

I kept trying and finally I got it right.
 I came up with a cutie made from some cheesy, orange velveteen that I picked up on the spur of the moment for .50 cents.
I almost didn't even buy these scraps because they looked so cheap and cheesy.

I sort of thought for a minute that I made it too small. But small is better. 

But there was something else I was thinking about.
I went back to Hobby Lobby and bought this sort of rustic pumpkin.
I had been seeing vintage inspired jack-o-lanterns for the past few years.
I wanted to replicate that look.
So I browsed an old magazine.

  and e bay for inspiration.

This one is by far my favorite. It will look sooo cute with my Halloween display.
To think I almost bought one like it for $14.99!!
Remember... I spent $35.00 on supplies?
Sometimes my bargain hunting costs me more than it should. 
Read about some more nodders and pumpkins made during our 
fall crafting weekend. 
Excuse me while I go get started on some snowman ideas for the rest of the nodders.   

Sprinkled with rusty, crusty, springs,
Linking with,
Savvy Southern Style  
Cherished Bliss  
I Gotta Try That 
The Ivy Cottage Blog 
My UnCommon Slice of Suburbia 
French Country Cottage 
Primp Your Pumpkin Party


  1. These are so cute. You did a great job!!

  2. Cute idea! Always fun to find junk. Thank you for visiting my blog, I am newly following you.


    1. Thank you, Shanon. I am pleased you stopped back by.

  3. looks like you are having so much fun figuring out what to do with the old bed springs. Looking good.
    I have the same problem and so many people make really cute things.
    Happy Fall.

    Audrey Z http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com/
    Timeless Treasures

    1. Thanks, Audrey. You make such cute things out of old stuff. I'm still trying to find an old mailbox like you have.

  4. What a creative idea! I love your pumpkins on the springs. Too cute!

    Linking from Debbidoos,
    Ricki Jill