Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Vintage Door Knob Flowers

Vintage door knobs have always attracted me. From the patina or crystal to the accompanying hardware, they are a wonderful accent for any room. Since I have been collecting them I have used them mostly as displays or for hanging, such as the photo above. I was excited to see another way to use them in Mary Janes Farm  magazine June- July 2012.

Using copper tubing for stems simply slip into knobs, use lengths long enough to anchor them in the vase you choose, I used from 12- 20 inches, leaving enough to manipulate the bottom in the teapot for balance. I have not yet glued anything into place until I am sure this is what I want as a permanent display. In the magazine they used 2 T vinegar, 1 1/2 T ammonia and 1/2 T salt, using precautions like gloves and safety glasses, they shook the tube in  a bag filled with the mix and let it stand 30 min. There are other ideas for vintage decor along with another patina finish, I really recommend picking up a copy of the issue.

The tubing can be found in your local hardware store in the plumbing department. It bends easily with a pliers or needle nose. I also had some old cement forms that look like another flower, I added a couple and intend to add a couple more "flowers" as soon as the door knobs become available.

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ChRiS said...

omg i love it fantastic thinking going on here!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my word, cute, cute, cute. I love this idea. Great vignette. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Ceekay-Thinkin of Home/Doublewide Decor said...

That is really cute....I am amazed at the creativity....I would have never seen knobs as flowers!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I love this idea!
I'm chucklin' ...because just yesterday I was thinking about the shelving in my bedroom and how I wanted to add something vintage,industrial, quirky to my shelves. My eyes landed on a bowl of doorknobs and I was thinking 'how can I incorporate this bowl of doorknobs?' (because the bowl won't fit on the shelf)...

Something like this would be SOOOOO cool; because it fits the bill for quirky, vintage and also fits with the flowers I have collage on the wall!

Love it.

Thanks for showing it.

kathyr said...

These are great, You couldalso use faucet knobs and other junk like that to add to the bouquet. I am on this!

Jen said...

simply adore them

Sherry said...

I really like your door knob flowers. We have glass doorknobs in our house and my sister in law has collected some extras for me. I think they would be lovely flowers.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

That is one ingenious idea!


Stephanie said...

This is aweaome! It just makes you smile beacuse it is so unusual.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Such a super cute creative idea! Love it! Thanks for sharing with us. You will be featured this week at the party. Stop by and grab yourself a button.

Jann Olson said...

Hi, I have been out of town so I am slow at visiting. I love this darling creative idea and I will be featuring you at Share Your Cup later today.

Melinda Hartzog said...

What a unique and great idea! Love it and love your creativity.

Revi said...

This is wonderful! I'm featuring in on a post tonight, with a link to you of course. :)

Revi at


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