The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

Franken-Crafts. Making something outta a whole bunch of junk…

On Monday I showed you this picture of a bunch of random items:

This is what I made:


Here’s another look:

Here’s how I did it:
I got this funky footed bowl with a lid at my local Goodwill.

I really like the bowl, but wasn’t too wild about the lid. I think it might have been the wacky curly-doodad on top. It was sort of antennae-ish to me.

So I broke it off.

An idea started formulating in my mind… I had a little glass vase/jar from an old reed-diffuser and decided it would be a nice base for a footed bowl. I figured some plastic beads from the Dollar Tree would be just the right thing to add some detail.

Since I knew that I would be painting this entire thing with a coat of Heirloom White it didn’t matter to me that the beads were purple, plastic and of the Mardi Gras variety.

I flipped the lid (henceforth, the “bowl”) upside down. I ran a little bit of glue around the edge. To “start” the beads I put a little dollop of hot glue to hold the strand securely. By having the strand rest along the counter top I had hoped it would provide a guide and that the beads would go on straight.

While the glue on the bowl was setting, I took more beads and glued them on to the neck of the little glass bottle.

Next I glued the bowl to the bottle to create a pedestal bowl.

I began to add a second row of beads only to discover that the first one hadn’t actually been all that straight. Oh well. It was already kind of craptastic, now it was even more of a challenge to make it something pretty.

I loves me a good challenge.

I spray painted the whole thing with my beloved Heirloom White….


I added a coat of clear gloss…


It definitely needed something. Not just to pretty it up a bit, but also to help balance out some of the wonky parts…..

Beads. This was kind of a pain in the arse because each one was placed by hand, with tweezers. However, if you do this at the dining room table, where you would be sitting and supervising homework anyway, it isn’t so bad.

I had filled the little hole that was made when I ripped the curly-cue off of the top, so I put an orchid in there, added green sheet moss (WHICH EVERY CRAFTER SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE ON HAND) and added a little silver pin with our initial.

Mommy like!

Is it perfect?
No. But that’s OK…. Like The Nester says, it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

white, pearl, bowl, orchid
white, pearl, bowl, orchid, W
white, pearl, bowl, orchid, moss, W, letter

It’s a little on the fragile side, so I won’t toss a bunch of apples into it, or put it where boys can get it (Or where husbands need to move it off the coffee table so they can see the TV when they’re lying down on the couch and complain about the fact that decorative items get put on the coffee table in the first place….!) But I digress.

At any rate, I’m happy with my little Franken-Craft and think I’m going to create a label for this and similar posts.

Thanks for looking!



Prudently Painted Vintage said...

March 2, 2011 at 11:41 pm
This puts my dollar store craft from yesterday to shame! Seriously super cute! Loves it!

Jayna Rae said...

March 3, 2011 at 12:50 am
Well, that's pretty much amazing!!!

The Crafty Gals said...

March 3, 2011 at 1:33 am
So freaking creative! It looks beautiful!!

MiMi said...

March 3, 2011 at 2:10 am
Holy craptastical idea! That is freaking amazing and you are SO weird! And smart! It's a good thing, I like it!!!

Megan said...

March 3, 2011 at 2:36 am
wow. so creative! I think it turned out great!


Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

March 3, 2011 at 4:09 am
Seriously? Seriously. I love it! :)

Impulsive Addict said...

March 3, 2011 at 5:56 am
When I see junk, I only see junk. You see junk and turn it into something beautiful. HOW DO YOU FREAKIN' DO THAT?

Myya said...

March 3, 2011 at 8:43 am
I'm with IA... HOW DO YOU FREAKIN DO THAT??? That looks great, I saw the mardi gras beads and thought WTH is she doing. Guess I ate my thoughts huh!

Connie said...

March 3, 2011 at 2:53 pm
I'm really amazed at what you turned that into! WOW!

Hey...what do you know about painting furniture. I want to paint my entertainment center. First of all...I need to talk iKeith into it.

Jessica said...

March 3, 2011 at 5:04 pm
You are very creative!!

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drollgirl said...

March 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm
what a transformation!

and the "antennae-ish" observation cracked me up! lol

Nicole@ Black Cab Designs said...

March 4, 2011 at 5:04 am
Really great transformation, you can't even tell what it was originally. I always pass up the silver section at Goodwill...maybe I should take another look. :)

slommler said...

March 4, 2011 at 11:44 am
Visiting from Finding Fabulous and I just had to see this transformed dish. I am so glad I visited! It is beautiful!!!!! Amazing!! And the process photos are wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing

Brandy and Fam said...

March 4, 2011 at 3:16 pm
The mardi gras beads threw me at first, but once I saw the finished project I was stunned! I'm visiting from The Shabby Nest and love your trash to treasure project!

That one girl said...

March 4, 2011 at 4:00 pm
Nice work girly!

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

March 4, 2011 at 4:46 pm
Wow, who would have guessed what was under all that heirloom white! Nice job!

Pamela said...

March 4, 2011 at 4:59 pm
Beautiful! Your creativity amazes me. I can copy, but I wouldn't have been able to "see" the finished project. Thanks for showing us how you did it.

I'm a new follower from Fingerprints on the Fridge.

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

March 4, 2011 at 5:03 pm
Wow, great job! I love how it turned out.

Kelley said...

March 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm
You did an awesome job! I love the when mixing up all kinds of 'crap' turns into something so beautiful! A+++

Have a great week!

Shawn said...

March 4, 2011 at 8:13 pm
I want to step inside your head for just a few minutes to just look around and steal some ideas but I'm afraid that with everything you have running around in there I'll get hurt!





Sarita said...

March 5, 2011 at 6:03 pm
That is pretty awesome! Looks like a vintage milkglass piece! Stopping by from The Weekend Wrap up!

Aaron said...

March 5, 2011 at 11:55 pm
What great vission you have! I love how it turned out.


Tasha said...

March 6, 2011 at 5:44 pm
WOW! That's such a transformation!! I love it!
Thanks for sharing!
(I have a link party every Tuesday and I'd love it if you stopped by!!)

The Loops said...

March 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm
What a great idea! I'm a new follower. I'd love for you to stop by!

Emily {WhipperBerry} said...

March 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm
I absolutely love it! What a great post about turning nothing into something beautiful! Thanks for linking up!

Jamie said...

March 6, 2011 at 11:18 pm
That is absolutely amazing.
Don't forget to join me for More The Merrier Monday and link up all of your great projects.

the cape on the corner said...

March 6, 2011 at 11:46 pm
gorgeous-what an "after!" can't believe you put those beads on one by one, that's dedication!

Mandy Coffey said...

March 7, 2011 at 2:29 am
looks awesome! i'd love for you to link it up at my party this Friday... i'm also hosting a giveaway!

Heather@The Black's Best said...

March 7, 2011 at 3:51 am
Ooooh, I love this! How creative were you? I love that you chose the orchid for it too...they go hand in hand.

Jen said...

March 7, 2011 at 8:00 am
Vivienne that is amazing! I have to admit, I thought you maybe had one too many glasses of your favorite when I saw the first pictures but you definitely knew where you were going with the idea. It turned out beautiful! I am so copying this idea :)


Little Miss Penny Wenny

Paisley Walls said...

March 7, 2011 at 11:21 pm
Doncha just love goodwill? I just went today and got a bunch of stuff for $1 each! So fun and it looks beautiful on your table!

Natalie said...

March 8, 2011 at 3:46 am
That's incredible!! I would never be able to have that kind of vision! I'm your newest follower and would love it if you checked my blog out sometime!

MessyMissy said...

March 8, 2011 at 4:14 am
Totally cool.I love how the beads look after a coating of paint!! I would love it if you would link this up to my Marvelous Mess party!! Each party I pick one project to feature on my sidebar for a week!! Here is the link:

Green Door Girl said...

March 8, 2011 at 4:55 am
great minds - LOL - I posted a pedestal bowl tutorial on my blog today! :) I love the beading on yours - definitely can't tell they are plastic mardi gras beads :)

Mrs. Robinson said...

March 8, 2011 at 5:21 am
I LOVE the Franken-craft!!! SO great that I definitely need to create one, too!! Will have to start thinking about that one!! Also, I just found you!! Great blog!!

Patti said...

March 8, 2011 at 12:33 pm
Just beautiful...I love the pearls, nice touch!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

March 8, 2011 at 5:10 pm
That is ah-mazing!! Love the use of the pearls!!

Shelley said...

March 8, 2011 at 7:44 pm
What the what?!?!?! How did you come up with that?!!! You're probably able to pull random nothings out of your pantry and make an amazing meal too! I so wish my brain worked like this.

So glad you stopped by my blog today! I'm now your newest follower too :D

Tammy @ Type A said...

March 9, 2011 at 1:01 am
amazing! it doesn't even look like what it started out as. thanks for sharing this at my party!

Judy said...

March 9, 2011 at 1:15 am
What a great idea. So incredibly clever. Thanks so much for linking up.

Rebekah★All Thingz Related★ said...

March 9, 2011 at 2:49 am
Wow! That turned out amazing!

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

March 9, 2011 at 3:33 am
This rocks! I love how you used the beads! So impressed!

Tabitha said...

March 9, 2011 at 4:25 am
So pretty! It looks expensive. You did an amazing job on it.

Jaderbomb said...

March 9, 2011 at 5:53 am
Awesome! I did one of these on my blog the other day!!!! It looks great!

imsteelefullofscrap said...

March 9, 2011 at 12:25 pm
Wow lovin your site just found it the bowl you made is just gorgeous!!!

Dacia said...

March 9, 2011 at 4:49 pm
Visiting from The Thrifty Home.

What a great idea! It turned out beautifully. I think I want to go make one now :)
47. said...

March 9, 2011 at 6:06 pm
I LOVE this!! I would love for you to share it at my Linky Party!



Shannon @ Creative Catalog said...

March 9, 2011 at 6:37 pm
Really pretty. Anybody who uses Moss in a project is my friend. :-) hope you will swing by for a visit. I have a Monday link up party, called Meet-up Monday at Have a fabulous day.

Sarah @ Sarahndipities said...

March 9, 2011 at 9:59 pm
So awesome! Thanks for linking up at Make Something Mondays! Hope to see you again next week!

50. said...

March 10, 2011 at 4:00 am
wow! painting it made all the difference! It's soo pretty!

Amanda said...

March 10, 2011 at 7:47 am
This is lovely, the colour just looks perfect!

Debra@Common Ground said...

March 11, 2011 at 12:59 am
You have a great imagination, I would have never thought of that! Thanks for linking up with VIF,

At The Picket Fence said...

March 11, 2011 at 1:52 am
Wow! Everything we see from you just gets better and better! :-) This is just lovely and so creative. Thanks for linking this one up to Inspiration Friday too!

Jori said...

March 11, 2011 at 4:02 am
What a clever idea!! I have never seen anything like that. Very unique. That turned out absolutely beautiful!!

MessyMissy said...

March 11, 2011 at 5:02 am
I wanted to let you know that I featured this project on my blog!! If you would like to come and grab a featured button, here is the link :

southernhomesweethome said...

March 11, 2011 at 5:16 am
Wow that was a great project! Looks beautiful. Your newest follwer

Sheena said...

March 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm
What a creative idea! Love it!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

March 11, 2011 at 4:30 pm
Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI! :) The rules state you can only link up one post. If you would please, let Mandy know which one you want to delete. I don't want you to be disqualified! :)

Heather said...

March 11, 2011 at 5:39 pm
Such a great transformation, I love it! Featured this today!
Have a great weekend!

Heather @ Me Making Do

Anne said...

March 11, 2011 at 9:45 pm
LOVE IT! my kind of re-do.

Selina said...

March 13, 2011 at 12:22 am
Your newest follower! Just clicking through your blog....commented on the cowhide too. You are so much fun. I just attempted my first tissue paper mod podge project (like your pears) - check it out! Pottery Barn Knockoff

Christina @ The Tattered Tag said...

March 13, 2011 at 4:15 am
Wow!!You make a bunch of junk look so chic! Thank you for sharing your great project by linking up to my blog bash K.I.S.S. @ The Tattered Tag. Please remember tomorrow is another fun blog bash, so drop by and link up more of your creativity! :)

Drop by The Tattered Tag

It's a Crafty Life said...

March 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm
Truly an amazing project...I kept wondering what you were going to do with colored beads, didn't see the spray paint coming. :-) Thanks so much for linking up!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

March 13, 2011 at 2:57 pm
Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing!! Have a great week!

PartyMom said...

March 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm
This may be the best use of mardi gras beads I've ever seen! I'm totally swooning! Thanks for sharing!

Betsy said...

March 14, 2011 at 5:57 pm
Amazing job, you'd never know how this beauty began life:) Thanks for the inspiration.


March 14, 2011 at 7:34 pm
FANTASTIC!!! What a great idea, you're so creative and talented! Anyone has a stupid whatever that we can go ahead and follow your tutorial to the end and do this and hey, I'm your newest follower.

Erin said...

March 14, 2011 at 11:06 pm
You constantly suprise me, and in the best way possible, it makes me rethink things like beads spray painted and made to look AWESOME!

Janet said...

March 15, 2011 at 5:51 am
This is so creative and looks so pretty! Great job. :)

Object of Maya*ffection said...

March 15, 2011 at 4:42 pm
LOVE it! Pearls are my fave - SO CLASSIC! I NEVER would have guessed there were so any components to really thought outside the box!

Ashley said...

March 16, 2011 at 5:06 pm
another LOVED project, looks so classy!
72. said...

March 16, 2011 at 10:36 pm
Thank you for linking up this great post last week! {Im a lil behind, eeekk!}

Its party time AGAIN!!! xoxokara


Oh Gorgeous Baby said...

March 17, 2011 at 2:26 am
Wow could you please come over to my place (Melbourne Australia) and make something out of all the crap, I mean stuff I have sitting around. It looks gorgeous! I took was a bit scared by those beads but you turned it right around.
My Daughter Airlie who is 5 would love your 'making' efforts, not only because you make some pretty cool things but this would mean she got to hold onto all the stuff that i throw out. Shall not tell her about this little post ;-)

Gail said...

March 17, 2011 at 11:10 am
Now that's turning a trash into a looks awesome!

Happy St. Paddy's Day,

Diann said...

March 17, 2011 at 4:39 pm
This turned out wonderful! I love it. I am your newest follower!

Nicole said...

March 18, 2011 at 3:11 am
Wow....That is amazing!

Michelle said...

March 18, 2011 at 9:55 pm
So pretty! It came out great!

Susan said...

March 19, 2011 at 1:25 am
That is amazing I would have never thought about doing that.

Amy@ServingPinkLemonade said...

March 19, 2011 at 8:42 pm
You are amazingly creative. That turned out to be so beautiful.
80. said...

March 20, 2011 at 4:59 am
This bowl was BRILLIANT!!

Thank you for linking this up to Whassup Wednesday! Hope to see you this week at my


Lolly Jane said...

March 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm
holy smokes talk about CREATIVITY!!!! wishing i would have saved my mardi gras beads now- lol

we'd love for you to link this @ our weekend party :)


March 21, 2011 at 5:19 am
this turned out great what a great idea.

Phyllis said...

March 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm
I am always amazed at the creativity I see here.....this is really thinking "out of the box" !!

Lindsey @ Inspiring Creations said...

March 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Robin said...

March 27, 2011 at 4:10 pm
Sweetie...this is over the top gorgeous! you've been asked to join lots of linky's and I hate to ask again, but if you have an extra minute pls link up this Wednesday (linky goes up Tuesday by 7:00) I'd love to feature you in the wrap-up the following week!
All Things Heart and Home

Allison Ringer said...

March 29, 2011 at 11:53 am
I laughed out loud when I read your comment about husbands moving decorative items and then complain about decorative items being placed on the coffee table in the first place because they can't see the tv when lying, glad to know I'm not alone in my decorating frustrations too! Of course, I have cluttered up his garage with projects...oops!

Jennifer said...

April 5, 2011 at 5:00 am
Amazing!! I love it...Franken-Crafts!! I was drawn to your link on the At Home with K Tuesday linky due to the "W"! :)

Kindra-At Home With K said...

April 7, 2011 at 9:08 pm
Wow! I wasn't expecting that tranformation from the before picture! Totally impressed! Thanks so much for linking up to Terrific Under Ten!

Carolyn said...

July 20, 2011 at 10:58 am
That is amazing what you've done with an old piece of junk and transformed it into a beautiful item to decorate your home. It looks so clean and pure in white. Love it!

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