Wednesday, January 11, 2012

You Rule! Yardsticks and Rulers Upcycled

For years, rulers and yardsticks were given out by businesses as token gifts to customers. Printed with vintage advertising, these common household objects have been given new life in many artistic projects.

 Let me know if you think they measure up!

Yardstick-faced shelves to hold wall art

Ruler frames (above and below)

Yardstick table DIY from Country Living

Stepstool by Shabby Love

Mirror by Better Homes and Gardens

Repurposed metal rulers

Upcycled yardstick has a new life as a chalkboard eraser from jessicaflores via etsy

Ruler / yardstick boxes

Rulers add graphic accents in this beautiful mixed media art by ElizabethRosenArt via etsy

* DIY Tip: When working with rulers/yardsticks, be sure to use rulers that are all the same thickness if your project is something that will require a flat, even finished surface, such as a tabletop.

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  1. Oh, how unique and gorgeous all of them are, I love the whole upcycled concept so much:)

  2. That is so cool! The drawers and the back-splash are my to most favorites!

  3. What great finds! I love the coat rack and table!

  4. The coat rack and the tray are my favs!

  5. So cool! I like the coat rack, the stair risers, frame..that huge mirror is amazing!

  6. Awesome! I've been collecting rulers and yardsticks but just haven't gotten around to repurposing them. Your post has inspired me!

  7. All the rulers are terrific! My favorite is the buffet and the stair kickboards. Fun!

  8. Great collection!! Thanks so much for sharing my ruler eraser.

  9. I love these ideas! Especially the ruler eraser and kitchen backsplash! Time to start collecting rulers!

  10. do you clean the yard sticks if you do what do you use. Thanks for any info Ron

  11. Love, love, love, the coat rack glad I didn't throw all the yardsticks away during our move....:)

  12. That fish brooch is an amazing piece of art. Just fantastic.


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