Gorgeous Vase From Railroad Spring

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A while back, my husband brought home this railroad spring because he thought I could turn it into something. I took one glance, nodded my head, and said “okay babe.”

Let us just say it has been sitting outside for over a year! I was cleaning up the yard this weekend and came across it and inspiration struck me…I wanted to find a way to turn it into a vase.

I wanted a clean simple design, so I opted for chalk paint and rope. Here I will show you how I turned this railroad spring into a piece I would display in the house.

Here’s What The Railroad Spring Looked Like Before

Step 1 – Gather Supplies

First I needed to gather the supplies I was going to use. Here is the list of supplies I used:

  • Railroad Spring
  • Classic White Chalk Spray Paint
  • Natural Cotton Rope
  • Glue Gun

Step 2 – Clean

The next thing I did was give this a good cleaning! It had been sitting outside our house for over a year, and who knows how long before that! This part didn’t take very long and it looked pretty good when it was done.

Step 3 – Spray Paint Railroad Spring

After it was clean, I grabbed some Classic White Chalk Paint to use. I laid some cardboard outside started spray painting. I had to give it two coats and wait for one side to dry before I could flip it and paint the other. In hindsight, I should have just painted it upright! Oh well, it went fairly quickly.

Step 4 – Add Rope To Railroad spring vase

I could have just painted the railroad spring and been done with it, but I wanted to take it up a notch. My idea was to fill in the gaps slightly with some natural cotton rope. Using a glue gun, I started at the top and just followed the spring all the way down with the rope.

I had to go back and tweak it a bit so it looked even all over.

I love how this turned out! I can play around with different floral arrangements to put in this which will be fun.

You can also use this spring coil to recreate if you don't have a railroad spring!

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  • Char Char on May 08, 2021

    I'm assuming you didn't put anything inside it (to say...hold water?) And those stems are fake or dried?

  • Rini Rini on May 09, 2021

    Why? It was so beautiful in its original color! I sometimes wonder why people think everything has to be painted white?


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