Asked on Jan 03, 2016

How to repurpose this metal piece

Sonia Burrows
by Sonia Burrows
Hi all. My neighbor here in Scottsdale was throwing this metal piece (candle holder?) out and I liked the look of it. I don't know if it's copper but it has a beautiful copper patina finish. I know there are many creative people here and I need some ideas on how to re-purpose this. I don't want to use it for candles. Thanks ahead.
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  28 answers
  • SueHoo SueHoo on Jan 03, 2016
    I notice you have a lot of inside plants. Do you have a lot of little light weight tools that you use to maintain them? Could this be styled as a cute always ready stand for hanging gloves, a small mister, a trowel, decorative butterfly or bird and a cut mini watering can. More traditional you could string a small Christmas light wire with a bulb at each candle base. Paint not necessary except to dull down green Christmas wire.

  • MN Mom MN Mom on Jan 03, 2016
    Would you like to repurpose it for indoors or outdoors?

  • Rae Rae on Jan 03, 2016
    plant nasturtiums

  • Rita Reid Rita Reid on Jan 03, 2016
    How about adding artificial greenery and a string of led lights for a patio "tree" light

  • Sandy Slade Sandy Slade on Jan 03, 2016
    An alternative bird feeder

  • Bonny McDaniel Bonny McDaniel on Jan 03, 2016
    I would put some small wood balls into the cavities and use it for a coat and hat rack.

  • Jan Loehr Jan Loehr on Jan 03, 2016
    Looking at this and still trying to figure out what its original purpose is...??

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 03, 2016
    You can anchor this in your garden and plant a vine so it trails and cascades. Once that look is achieved buy a string of solar lights and weave all through.

  • Susan Susan on Jan 03, 2016
    Put solar lights in it for interesting lighting in the yard.

  • Aracelis Vasquez Aracelis Vasquez on Jan 03, 2016
    I think it looks good just where it is..I would do as Susan suggested and put solar lights on it but I would also add some plants with containers of different heights to the bottom. Not only would it be great lighting to hang out and have a drink with friends on a Friday night but it would be a conversation piece as well.

    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 03, 2016
      @Aracelis Vasquez You need to read all comments. that was my idea Thanks so much for agreeing

  • Sonia Burrows Sonia Burrows on Jan 03, 2016
    Thanks everyone. Some great ideas given. Now I just have to figure out which one to do.

  • Anngraystone Anngraystone on Jan 03, 2016
    Ann Andes It is a nice sculpture all by itself. You can also use it for hanging coats, etc. on it, as well as plants in planters, Use it indoors and out.

  • Carol Carol on Jan 03, 2016
    I would try to electrify it for small LED lights for a indoor/outdoor floor lamp and second choice would be to just use the top upside down for a chandelier. I love the shape of it. I like the solar light posts also. I would not dismantle it except for an indoor/outdoor chandelier. I would not use it for a vine trellis, it is too beautiful. If I could not electrify it, I would try to turn it into a fountain/sprinkler sculpture.

  • Carol Carol on Jan 03, 2016
    Please post after pictures whatever you decide to do.

  • DJ DJ on Jan 04, 2016
    What about a planter or Herb garden. Maybe even a coat rack.

  • Lynne dolan Lynne dolan on Jan 04, 2016
    Beautiful yard art. Just anchor in a favorite spot and surround with flowers or add a climbing plant.

  • Karen V Karen V on Jan 04, 2016
    Jewelry tree, shoe tree, coat tree, use for drying shoes in sun. Good luck!!

  • Janet AF Janet AF on Jan 04, 2016
    what is the diameter of the openings on the sconces? I have seen people take the international delite coffee creamer bottles and cut them so they are shaped somewhat like a lily, they would look cool inserted into the sconce if they would fit. you could possibly wire it with some twinkle lights and insert them into the lilly part of the sconce. I have solar led twinkle lights there is one panel hooked to a string of about 40 lights.

  • Jeane Harrison Jeane Harrison on Jan 04, 2016
    It would make a good Medusa lamp if you like that kind of thing. Otherwise, I love the blooming plants idea. Good luck!

  • Ruth76114 Ruth76114 on Jan 04, 2016
    Might be a good bottle tree for the garden.

  • Sherry Fram Sherry Fram on Jan 04, 2016
    Use to hand jewelry from or just add pretty tchotchkes. You could also use it for a coat rack or hang your totes on when not in use.

  • Janet AF Janet AF on Jan 05, 2016
    Maybe a bottle tree BudLight Platinum comes in cobalt blue bottles and DosXXces comes in emerald green. They both have narrow necks you could secure them with plumbers putty.

  • CK CK on Jan 05, 2016
    OK....gotta tell ya, I think it's a really cool piece! But I'm often giggling over people who always want to repurpose something. In this case why worry about repurposing it? Just display it "as is" with its pretty patina, if you don't want to use candles in it. Think of it as an 'art piece' that tells its own story out there on your patio. Or maybe you could hang it upside down in your patio (if you have a roof sturdy enough to do so). Imagine that! It might look totally different ;-)

  • Sonia Burrows Sonia Burrows on Jan 05, 2016
    Thanks Connie. I hear yeah. I've been looking at it for a year now thinking "it looks kidda cool" but wondered if I could make it funkier. Maybe I'll just go way out there and use it as a candelabra in the master ensuite or not.

  • Lynn Couch Lynn Couch on Jan 06, 2016
    You could hang scarves on; or necklaces & bracelets.

  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Jan 06, 2016
    I would use this to create some outdoor lighting on my deck.

  • Pat Ruge Pat Ruge on Jan 06, 2016
    I almost missed the "object of your affection" because of all the surrounding "stuff". Which tells me you should find a very prominent place to display it where it stands alone in all its glory. Whatever you decide, leave the beautiful patina as is. Sometimes good enough can be fantastic given its space to shine.

  • Cindy c Cindy c on Jan 07, 2016
    is it sturdy enough to use as a coat tree? It is really pretty all by itself. I agree with trying to make it into lighting. are the arms and base hollow tubes? and what about cutting off the bottom and turning it upside down to make an interesting chandelier or hanging light of some kind?