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Fabulously Easy Industrial Necklace Holder/ Recipe Holder/ Picture Hanger with Plumbing Pipe

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industrial necklace holder made out of plumbing pipe

So, last week in Spokane, I saw these industrial looking contraptions made out of plumbing pipe for hanging pictures and such.  I love all things industrial and thought to my self, “Hmmmm, this doesn’t look complicated and I think any idiot (including myself) could make something similar”. 

Off to the plumbing aisle of my local hardware store I went. This is the best project because everything screws together and the possibilities are endless. I actually built my industrial necklace holder/ recipe holder right there on the floor of the aisle – it was great fun and really only took about a minute.

These are the parts I bought for this project, the plumbing parts totalled about $20 and the wood base cost $5:

  • 1/4″x12″ galvanized nipple

    plumbing parts

  • 1/4″ galvanized tee
  • (2)1/4″ x6″ galvanized nipples
  • (2) 1/4″ galvanized caps
  • (1) steel floor flange
  • (1) 4 1/2″x4 1/2″ wood base (I bought a square rosette door moulding piece)
  • (3) 5/8″ long wood screws

This is what I did :

  1. I painted the wood base black
  2. I screwed the floor flange to the wood base with the screws.
  3. I screwed all of the other parts together per the picture and screwed this to the flange.

pulley detail

But, then I decided I didn’t really need a necklace holder, but a recipe holder would be sweet.  All I needed was to add something to attach the recipes to. I do like hardware parts, especially pulleys, so I decided to paint some little pulleys and use them along with some twine to hold my vintage recipes up. I kind of like it myself….what do you think?

recipe holder

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  • kathie S June 14, 2011, 7:20 pm

    Of course you did it again! I am so lucky to have such a gifted friend! Keep up the good work ~ {you insire me} Love, K

  • architect mom June 14, 2011, 2:12 pm

    Thanks for commenting, Kim! Yes, photographs are a great idea. I am making a bigger one that will act as a frame for a chalkboard welcome sign. I will post it when I am done.

  • Kim Foley June 14, 2011, 12:41 pm

    You could use this idea to display photographs, too! It would be a cool gift for someone connected with the building industry (Father’s Day gift….????? Hmmmm……..)

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