Need ideas for my great find!

raforMay 17, 2010

I was at a lumber yard this weekend that was having a tent sale. I bought a box of cobalt blue glass fence post toppers. You know, those square things with angle tops to finish off the top of a fence post. Sometimes they are made of copper often of wood. So now what do I do with them??? They are really gorgeous!

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socalliegal

well I looked at one first...the first thing that came to mind is if you could put some type of solar light under it? And make some garden lighting?

Here is a link that might be useful: fence post example

    Bookmark   May 17, 2010 at 3:57PM
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rafor

Yes that is exactly what they look like! I thought about putting a small string of clear Xmas lights in them, but DH then asked what I would do when the string burned out?? So if I did that I would need to be able to get at the lights again to replace them. I also thought about using them to top a white fence and then plant a red climbing rose along the fence: the red, white and blue theme :)

    Bookmark   May 17, 2010 at 4:01PM
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sunnyca_gw

Red, white & blue theme sounds nice!! They are beautiful!!
Will be fun to see what you do with them! Jan

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 1:28AM
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luna_llena_feliz

Those are gorgeous! I agree having some sort of light under them would be great but you could even find a way to shine light from behind or upward through them. I imagine with a light lit behind them, they would appear to glow. Be sure to post pictures once you come up with something!

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 2:10AM
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dcarch7

Use LED Christmas lights.

They last 100,000 hours and they use very little electricity.

dcarch

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 6:55AM
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rafor

Thanks for the encouragement everyone! I'm still thinking...and it hurts :)

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 7:29AM
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Calamity_J(z7bc)

I think the best use for them is on a box...sent to me!!!!!lol!

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 9:06AM
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Calamity_J(z7bc)

I meant IN a box....!?!

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 9:18AM
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nonacook(8bFL)

Those are beautiful....
Hope you got them for a good price at the tent sale.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 10:36AM
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garden2garden(z8 FL)

Wow you were really in the right place at the right time. Those are beautiful. I bet they were $$$ before the sale.

I agree they would be beautiful with light. I wonder how hard it would be to silicone them together in a box shape, Or incorporate them into a concrete or hypertufa something, with a light inside or the natural sunlight shining through.
How many did you get?

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 11:19AM
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rafor

I have 8 of them. That's all the blue ones they had. They also had green ones and dark amber ones, but I love cobalt blue so those were the only ones I had to have.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 2:38PM
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jeannespines

Oh boy, I hope you can incorporate "blue bottles" with this project, too1 They would look awesome tog.! Have fun, you lucky GJer! Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2010 at 5:15PM
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sandy1186(6)

How about using solar lights. You can get the cheap ones that stick in the ground at Wal-mart and just use the solar part. Stick it under the glass. I have also seen the same thing done with old Ball jars. Good luck!

    Bookmark   May 22, 2010 at 10:20PM
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mmebrady

That sounds like an awesome find! I'm all for the red white and blue theme -- it's always easier when you have the blue in your "architecture" since it's so hard finding true blue flowers!

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 10:07AM
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sewobsessed

Wow, great find!
How about gluing a few together and making something like a towering pagoda - maybe an upside down pot for the base so it sits higher(with lights inside a few levels)? Plant pot feet, if the pots sit up on something so you could see them? Glued on a wall all together in a diamond shape? Wow, the possibilities...have fun with them!

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 11:02AM
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lindasewandsew(So Cal 9)

Holes can easily be drilled in the glass using a diamond drill bit, maybe at a corner. String them on a line with lights behind them at night and the sun shining through during the day. They could be hung across or up and down. Only the bottom glass in the photo is drilled.

The drill bits are available at all the hardware stores and are a little pricey, but each one will drill well over a hundred pots or bottles. It's best to keep the item wet while drilling so the bit doesn't overheat. I use a bucket with just enough water to cover the part being drilled. Safety glasses and gloves!! Linda

Here is a link that might be useful: Diamond drill bit

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 2:40PM
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the-light-lady(Michigan 4)

I would use at least one for the top of a blue & clear glass totem. A blue vase would look great with a couple of clear pieces & that for the top with a solar light underneath it.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 4:24PM
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jeannespines

You know, I think they could be used as what they are originally made for...buy some treated 4x4 posts & cut them at various links...pick out a garden spot where the sun will shine thru them the most...and then dig a trench & plant the posts tog touching each other ...so you have 8 4x4 posts planted at diff hts. Then plant some of your fav perennials in front of the posts & enjoy the view! Would be awesome in any garden spot! Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 11:59PM
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rafor

I was thinking of getting some of those vinyl fence posts. They are hollow and would be easy to put lights in and then cap them with the blue glass. Though this doesn't seem very creative! It's my default option :)

    Bookmark   May 26, 2010 at 5:13PM
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jeannespines

Sounds creative to me, rafor! Would be very lovely in a garden with some bright flowers ...you were talking red, white & blue...so white posts, blue caps & some great red geramiums or bee balm or petunias would look great planted with it! Have fun...please share pics when finished! Jeanne S. (Could even put a few blue bottles somewhere in the area) LOL!

    Bookmark   May 26, 2010 at 8:28PM
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