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This palette trellis is awesome....

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Sock Monkey Lamp Shade

This is the lamp shade my daughter made for my grandson's play area.
This is the lamp shade my daughter made for my grandson's play area. | Source

A M a Z I N G Trellis

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My daughter and son-in-law are both very creative. They make creating new things look effortless. The two projects shared here are simple but truthfully I am not sure that I could make mine look quite as finished as these.








You are given examples of a repurposed tomato cage that has been turned from a metal cage into a clever little lamp shade for a toddler's play area.


You will also see an awesome trellis on which your climbing plants will eagerly draped their vines.


A Little About the Materials

  • The tomato cage: This cage is traditionally used for growing tomatoes but can be used to grow other plants as well including peppers and squash. It is sturdy and can be used year after year if it can be stored out of the elements until the next growing season.


  • Wood : The wood used in this project is a 2x6. A 2x6's nominal size is 11/2x51/2 inches. When a board is rough cut from its mother log, it is the actual size. However it is dried and planed before being presented for sale to a customer. The drying and planning results in this reduction in size.

Source for information in the table: http://mistupid.com/homeimpr/lumber.htm For a complete list of conversions, you can reference information in more detail that the link provided.

  • Pallet wood The wood for the sandwich board trellis made from discarded pallet wood, repurposed.

Sandwich Board Trellis, Repurposed Pallets

My son-in-law made this for me.
My son-in-law made this for me. | Source

Sandwich board easel made with pallet wood

The sandwich board pallet is made from discarded pallet wood.

The construction was very simple as you can see from the photographs.

I am so excited. It was just given to me yesterday. I am training the vine to climb up. Today I am looking for a winter vine to attach to it as these vines are not winter hearty.

So Much Room for Vines

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Sandwich Board Easel Trellis

More wood projects

J.S. Matthew has written in great detail instructions for making a chess board.

http://jsmatthew.hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Make-A-Chess-Board-A-Guide-To-Scoring-and-Wood-Burning


Alexhouse has shared with us lovely wreaths made using a wire frame using wire coat hangers. How clever is that. She makes it seem so simple.

http://alekhouse.hubpages.com/hub/httpwwwhowtomakeabeautifulflowerwreathcom

How to make & assemble your lampshade

  • Remove the vines or plant from the cage.
  • Cut the top approximately 10 inches of the cage to use for the frame.
  • Wash and dry well. Set aside.
  • Select fabric you wish to use or use a gently loved blanket from your collection of baby blankets.
  • Measure the wire cage to determine the size fabric you will need.
  • Cut the fabric to suit the metal form you are using.
  • Drape fabric on the cage to be certain it is in fact the correct size.
  • Once you have done so, you may wish to tack it down in a few places with a needle and thread so that it is not falling all over the place as you work.
  • Carefully apply glue from your glue gun to sections of the fabric until all fabric is in place and securely anchored.
  • Let it dry for a bit.
  • You are now ready to display your adorable lamp shade.

Turn something old into something new...

Tomatoes are all done for the year. The plant has turned brown and looks sad as it withers away.It is time to remove the metal cage and clear the land. As you know these cages can be used for support for other plants. The one shown was used for a squash plant that was prolific and grew well beyond the top of the cage. Its growing season has passed so it is time to store it.

But wait, you can turn this cage into a new creation for your home. A clever way to repurpose them is to make an adorable lampshade for your toddler.


Lumber sizes

nominal
actual
actual metric
1"x2"
3/4"x11/2"
19x38 mm
1"x6"
3/4"x51/2"
19x140 mm
1"x10"
3.4"x91/4"
19x235 mm
11/2 "x10"
11/4x91/4"
32x235 mm
2"x4"
11/2"x31/2"
38x89 mm
2x6
11/2"x51/2"
38x140 mm
2x8
11/2"x91/4"
38x184 mm

How to make your amazing trellis

For this project, pressure-treated wood was used and is recommended.

  • Select a 2x6. ( For this trellis a 2x6x8 was used; you can use a longer one if desired.)
  • Plane edges.
  • Cut slats down the 2x6 as shown in the photograph.
  • Secure the portion at the Y with a nut and bolt on each side.
  • About midway of the fan, attach a piece of wood on the front and back of the trellis to secure the fan.

Begin with a 2x6

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Cut down sections in 2x6 as shown

Attach a brace on the front and back side of the fan portion of the trellis.
Attach a brace on the front and back side of the fan portion of the trellis. | Source

Attach a nut and bolt on each side at the base of the fan (as shown0

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Attach wood to fan portion of trellis

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Happy Plants Draped over Your New Trellis

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step stool baby grandson's Daddy made

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A few more projects...

Photographs are provided of several more projects my son-in-law as completed from reclaimed wood or discarded pallets



The step stool (made some my two year old grandson can watch the trains pass and look out at interesting happenings in the yard) was made from reclaimed wood.


The coffee table pictured is made from seventy five year old wood that was salvaged from a home that was torn down in his neighborhood.




Handmade coffee table

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chair Daddy made for baby grandson

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Daddy made this play table for his little boy.

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chair

My son-in-law made this adorable chair for my baby grandson. It is made from the slats of discarded wooden pallets. It was sanded and provides a lovely place for my grandboy to sit to eat and play.


Play Table

This play table was another project my son-in-law used to create a play space for my grandson.

The process to create the design in known as inlay. Maple and walnut woods were used to create the contrasting and stunning design.


The two projects, the lamp shade and the trellis, can be completed in a short amount of time.

They are functional and add character to the space in which they are placed.

Perhaps one weekend you will find you wish to make one of these.

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pstraubie48 16 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Deborah-Diane

I adore these creations...my daughter made me a lamp shade this year as one of my Mother's Day gifts and it hangs proudly in my living room.

These really are projects that most anyone can do.

Thanks for visiting and for your vote. Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Deborah-Diane 16 months ago from Orange County, California

I love these projects and I especially appreciate how you have given such detailed instructions and a list of the items that someone would need in order to make these items. Well done! Voted up!


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pstraubie48 17 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for stopping by to visit, Akriti. These treasures are still being used ---the trellises make my climbing plants very happy

Angels are once again headed your way ps


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Akriti Mattu 17 months ago from Shimla, India

EXCELLENT


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Paula They are a welcome addition to my yard. I love having climbing plants and these offer such a great climbing area.

The monkey shade is still like brand new...just dust it well and it keeps it' this new appearance.

Angels are on the way to you today ps


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oceansnsunsets 22 months ago from The Midwest, USA

Hi Patricia, I love the three projects you shared, how fun! I enjoy growing things in the garden when I have time, and a trellis is often needed. Sweet peas are great flowers to grow, but they need something to latch onto like a trellis. I have never made one before but could try using your ideas here! As for the lamp shade, I love love love the monkeys! Too cute. Thanks for sharing.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O Amazmerizing I hope you do get to try some of these. I am still thrilled with them. And the inside furniture is used by my family each day.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O Amazmerizing I hope you do get to try some of these. I am still thrilled with them. And the inside furniture is used by my family each day.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O Amazmerizing I hope you do get to try some of these. I am still thrilled with them. And the inside furniture is used by my family each day.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O Amazmerizing I hope you do get to try some of these. I am still thrilled with them. And the inside furniture is used by my family each day.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O Amazmerizing I hope you do get to try some of these. I am still thrilled with them. And the inside furniture is used by my family each day.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O Amazmerizing I hope you do get to try some of these. I am still thrilled with them. And the inside furniture is used by my family each day.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O Amazmerizing I hope you do get to try some of these. I am still thrilled with them. And the inside furniture is used by my family each day.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O Amazmerizing I hope you do get to try some of these. I am still thrilled with them. And the inside furniture is used by my family each day.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O Amazmerizing I hope you do get to try some of these. I am still thrilled with them. And the inside furniture is used by my family each day.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O Amazmerizing I hope you do get to try some of these. I am still thrilled with them. And the inside furniture is used by my family each day.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O Amazmerizing I hope you do get to try some of these. I am still thrilled with them. And the inside furniture is used by my family each day.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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amazmerizing 22 months ago from PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA

Those are so impressive! I wish I was good at woodwork. I do try thogh... we have an old boxspring with a wood underside I think I will take the fabric off and use it in the place of the pallet for a trellis! That was your inspiration! YESSS!!! ;)


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Shyron I love these...am using them and enjoying them each day. The table and chairs that my son in law made are being used too by the family.

Angels are on the way..thanks for visiting ps


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Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago

Patricia, I love this article and the pictures. My hubby is a carpenter and does all kinds of things like that.

I love the chess board. I hope they teach him (your grandson) to play.

Voted up, UABI and sharing.

Angels are bringing blessings and hugs back to you.

Shyron


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Another clever idea of hasmy daughter.Baby grandson has several sock monkeys so this was perfect Thanks for stoppingby.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you so much for stopping by. You are so right My daughter and son in. Law both march to the beat of a different drum...way outside if the box. Thank you for stopping by Sending angels your way


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

"Thinking outside the box" is a best friend to "necessity is the mother of invention" yet it takes creative thoughtfulness to really make good use of everyday stuff that we might otherwise take for granted. These are definitely examples of creative repurposing!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Wow! I love the sock monkey lamp. My daughter would love that. These are wonderful and creative ideas. I can actually use these!


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

J.S. Matthew---It is my pleasure to link your work. I know my son-in-law will be anxious to give your chessboard a try. The directions are so clear that they will be easy to be followed. Thank you for stopping by.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

J.S. Matthew---It is my pleasure to link your work. I know my son-in-law will be anxious to give your chessboard a try. The directions are so clear that they will be easy to be followed. Thank you for stopping by.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

This was very cool and I loved your photos! Thank you so much for adding a link to my "How To Make a Chessboard" Hub! I really appreciate that. I am voting up and sharing! Great job!

JSMatthew~


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Glimmer Twin Fan....They really are quite clever little projects. I can kind of 'brag' on them as I was not the creator of them. :) They 2x6 that is in a photo will soon join its sister on my lawn. My son-in-law is about to make me another one. I am so excited. And, I am having my daughter make a lamp shade for me to hang over my writing nook. I have to find some clever fabric for her

Thank you for stopping by. It is always nice to have new 'old' friends stopping by.. However I say that it doesn't come out quite as intended but I think you get the mesaage. :)


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

These are great ideas, especially with all of the repurposing going on around. Thanks for a useful hub.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning, Faith Reaper.

It always makes me smile to 'faces' I know come back to visit.

No false modesty on my part but my daughter and son-in-law are far more creative that Momma is. I can do some things well but projects like the trellis are a bit out of my realm of creativity I fear.

Thank you again for stopping by...my Friend in Chrsit.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Wow, very creative ideas and projects for sure. Your whole family seems to have a gift of carpentry and crafts!!! Thanks for sharing these ideas. Great photos. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

thank you Carol777...it is always nice to have to visit. They are easy projects if you follow the directions. Altho I unabashedly admit that the trellis is probably out of my league. Thank you for the kind words and the vote up :) I will be over to visit again soon.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Steph72....I agree. That is a lucky boy. His parents make all kinds of cool stuff for the little boy. The coffee table is amazing...I want one :)Thank you for stopping by.


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Steph72 4 years ago from Sunny Fl

very cool projects , that looks like a lucky lil kid , and i loveee the coffee table


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I am probably not inventive or creative to attempt this endeavor. However, your photos and explanation are stellar. Great hub and I am voting up.

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