Do you ever find it frustrating to come across a fun designer look or product only to find it's not available for purchase? It's like the design blogs taunt us with all these great things and then pull a 6th grade joke and yell "PSYCH!" So, I'm taking matters into my own hands. I came up with four great ways to make this look on my own!
These pieces are manufactured by Seletti from designer Carlo Trevisani out of Italy. I happen to think they're super cool. And although I was excited about the use of materials and their repurposed flare, they aren't in fact for sale and that left me a little depressed. So I did what any good DIY-er would do: I hit up the drawing board, and here's what I came up with:
1. Plate + Screw + Cork: Although it might not look as dynamic as the designer look, you could drill a hole through a plastic (or ceramic with the right drill bit) plate and put a long screw through it. Next drill a hole (that's slightly smaller than the screw) through a cork and attach it to the screw. Insert into the top of a discarded bottle and you'll be good to go. Add a washer on top of the plate if you wish.
2. Wood Slab + Screw + Cork: Even if you love the solid cork look, it might be a bit tricky to duplicate without expensive equipment. Instead, try using the same method as the plate above, but instead use a wooden slab or slice of a tree trunk. I can see them holding name cards on a table at a wedding, appetizers at your next party and more. Don't forget: if it's raw wood, make sure to rub it down with linseed oil to make it food safe.
3. Plate + Cork + Paper Mache: This might take you back to your elementary school years, but paper mache is still cool and I'm going to bring it back right here at Re-Nest. It's relatively easy: take strips of paper and dip them in a glue and water solution (or diy it with flour and water) and then lay them across the item you'd like to cover. In this case you'll attach the cork to the plate and cover the entire surface so it doesn't look like a plate on a fork. Faux-bois paint it to look like wood or however you wish and you'll be all set!
4. Frisbee + Bug Eye Viewer + E6000 + Paint: Some of the hardest things to find use for are those items that were once well loved but just no longer needed. Try using an old Frisbee and adding one of those bug eye viewers with a little E-600 glue (which will pretty much glue anything to anything). If it doesn't quite fit in the bottle neck and is a little loose you can either add a few rings of glue to act as a stopper or wrap a piece of cloth around it. Paint it and no one will ever know it came from kids' toys!
Can you think of another way to get the job done? Share your creative idea in the comments below!
(Image: Design Spotter)