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« on: October 08, 2012 05:21:56 PM »

So, firstly I have to say that one person's ugly is another's "OMG I LOVE that!!".  So for me, the ugly was the chaotic pile of tape that used to live here..


Now I love my tape collection (I have a .."thing" for round things with holes in them...don't ask me, I just live here), and felt bad I was treating it so deplorably.  I have been trying to think of a solution since the move, and nothing was realy sticking out as a good idea.  So, when I found some things I could work with while scavenging at a local thrift store yesterday, I snapped them up.

The poor little spoon holder just looked so sad and unloved.  Then I saw the bag of equally unloved forks and I had an idea....firstly, smack them forks up a bit Grin


I flattened 8 of them and then made L brackets of 2 others.  Three of them I kept as they came to me.

I turned the spoon holder on it's side and figured I could lay the flat forks from the middle section to each of the outside support bars.  It worked, but they threatened to jump out of thier slots, so I grabbed my cute yet very NOT powerful mini rotary tool (but it was so worth the 7$ as my normal rotaries would not fit into the middle section at all) and drilled small holes just past the spoon rest holes, so that one tine of each fork would fit in

And it worked!

The forks stay in their slots, but can still be removed for slipping the tape spools on....I was feeling rather chuffed with myself at this point, so I moved on to decorating it.  I painted it an orange that would not stand out too much from the paneling in my craft room.  I figured the tape collection would be busy enough, so I didn't want a popping color.  But it still looked meh.  So (of course) I turned to my handy dandy collection of googly eyes.  They always make everything better Grin.  I also made holes on the sides so I could put the 3 unsmashed forks in for more tape spool storage, and glued those forks in.

The next day, everything was dry and I was ready to set my new tape monster in it's place...

The 2 forks I picked to be L brackets had a perfect little space between the tines for the wood screw, so it was easy going...except...I could not for the life of me find the other L bracket!  I looked...the Hub looked...even Cosmo looked, though I don't think he knew for what, but he did want to help Grin.  Nothing.  SO I found a place to put my tape monster up, where it would use the one L bracket and a support bracket from the shelves above...I'm back to feeling chuffed again YEAH!
 
So here is my starving at the mo Tape Monster.  It is only supported by the one fork bracket and the wooden bracket in the upper left.  But it is working fine, and I can take the whole thing down if I need to take it for a walk or something.  But he was grumbly and needed feeding ASAP..

so I quickly stuffed him as full as I could...which is why I didn't get a pic of my hideous pile of tapy chaos before.  I was worried I would loose a finger if I waited too long.

So I'm quite happy with my new organizing monster.  He doesn't hold all my tape though.  My duct tapes are on 2 candle sticks and a tall glass vase that they gave me at the thrift shop (gotta love a free box Grin), but they all are in easy reach now..

and no more guilt of tape abuse!

Thanks for looking Grin
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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2012 08:07:21 PM »

Wow. How fun! I hope you and your tape monster have many happy years together(just make sure you keep all your fingers in the process.)Wink
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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2012 10:09:30 PM »

Ooooh! So much tape! I love how you used the forks- only you could combine a fork and spoon holder to make someting fun and useful!  Grin Your tape monster is a great idea!
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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2012 05:09:38 PM »

Thanks a bunch y'all!  It was fun to make and it makes me oddly happy to look at it.  The tapes on display will change...as soon as I find the other wee box of funky tapes that I have...somewhere...And I know I have some tape that you sent me BB.  I have another candle stick that I can use for the larger rolls Grin

OO and I forgot to meantion that I found the other fork bracket!  It was hiding in a box under the desk.  So soon it will have it's third means of support
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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2012 09:32:47 PM »

Oh, glad to hear you have another box of tape lying around- I was already getting my shoes on to go get you some more! That shelf needs filling up  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2012 06:07:17 PM »

That's really neat. I love the forks. Smiley Does the Tape Monster just sit on the fork brackets? I might just have to steal that idea. I've been wanting to put up a small shelf in my bathroom, but my walls are plaster except for the strip of molding that goes around the room midway up the wall. I've been looking for brackets that I can screw into the molding, but the only ones I've found have either been ugly/utilitarian or too big. I'm so psyched now! Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2012 06:18:15 PM »

That's really neat. I love the forks. Smiley Does the Tape Monster just sit on the fork brackets? I might just have to steal that idea. I've been wanting to put up a small shelf in my bathroom, but my walls are plaster except for the strip of molding that goes around the room midway up the wall. I've been looking for brackets that I can screw into the molding, but the only ones I've found have either been ugly/utilitarian or too big. I'm so psyched now! Cheesy

Excellent!  I'm excited it inspires you Grin  And Thanks!

My tape monster rest against the wood triangular bracket on the upper left, and the fork bracket on the bottom right.  It is mostly being held still by the upper L. bracket.  If you made your utensils into U shapes, a shelf could be held to a plaster wall...But it will be unsteady if it is not held somehow from the top....I think Grin  Good luck!
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« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2012 06:06:27 AM »

I can't believe a got all the way to the bottom of your post, my jaw hanging open the whole way, without realizing who had posted it! Shocked The googly eyes should have been enough of a giveaway, although as Birdbones said, only you could have come up with the basic concept.

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« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2012 10:58:27 AM »

I don't normally put words in every picture, so my guess is that is why you didn't recognize me at first.  I did have a thought in the middle of it all..."I had better put some googly eyes on this thing, or nobody will know it's mine!"  extra glad I did that now Grin
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« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2012 10:10:19 AM »

How smart and excellent! Great job! Smiley
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