Although this little metal trap is supposed to call your gutters home, we decided it would look great surrounding a pendant light. It's open top and slit down the side make it perfect to slide in a bulb and wiring kit! We also toyed with the idea of using it like you would a frog in a vase for flowers, or even instead of a bell jar for showcasing small items.
Hardware stores like the Home Depot we were most recently at can provide a wealth of inspiration if you force yourself to think of common items in different ways. Looking for fencing ideas? Head to the plumbing department. Looking for room dividers? Try the outdoor construction materials It's sure to give you a unique look without having to special order a thing!
Chances are you won't really be able to ask for help (unless you find a creative sales person) but it's a fun game to play and even doubles as a cheap date!
(Image: Sarah Rae Trover)