Horse Brass Tablecloth Weights

Horse Brass Tablecloth Weights

I don’t exactly know why, but when I think of anything horse-related, I imagine it in an autumn setting. I can’t really explain why this is, and maybe it makes no sense…but when I think of horses, I think of plaid blankets, leather accessories, and crisp Fall air. I know, it’s silly- but I can’t disconnect the two!

So, when I was at a thrift store the other day, rifling through one of their “Rummage Boxes”, I spotted a vintage horse brass…and then I saw a whole collection of them. I held them in my palm for a moment, running my hands over the smooth glowing medal, transferring their weight from hand to hand, and an idea came to mind. And in automatic Sadie fashion, I knew it was meant to be an autumn project.

Vintage horse brass at thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hmmm…what does my little eye spy down there?

All in all, I ended up with six of them- each horse brass different from the next. And I have a confession- this is a SERIOUSLY easy project and possibly doesn’t even warrant a blog post! But I put one together nonetheless…my idea literally takes only a few minutes to make and doesn’t affect or alter the horse brass in any way. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Vintage horse brass from the thrift store to be repurposed and upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s see if I can make my vision come to life…

And what is this autumn décor idea of mine? DIY tablecloth weights with horse brass!

To make them, I needed some “pinch clips”…and after searching online, I finally found the perfect ones in a similar antiqued brass/bronze color. They’re meant to be curtain ring clips, but with a little reconfiguration, they’ll work wonderfully with the horse brass.

Using curtain clips to repurpose and upcycle vintage horse brass into a DIY tablecloth weight by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now…to do a little pinch clip re-positioning…

First things first, I used a couple of pairs of pliers to carefully remove the curtain ring from the clip.

Using curtain clips to repurpose and upcycle vintage horse brass into a DIY tablecloth weight by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Step one- remove clip from curtain rod ring.

Then, with pliers still in hand, I twisted the “s-hook” 90 degrees, so that I could slip the horse brass on it, and when it’s clipped on fabric, the horse brass won’t be facing sideways. Does that make sense? If you try this at home, you’ll understand what I mean.

Using curtain clips to repurpose and upcycle vintage horse brass into a DIY tablecloth weight by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Clips on the horse brass!

Using curtain clips to repurpose and upcycle vintage horse brass into a DIY tablecloth weight by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Here…a closer look!

Since each horse brass is different in size and weight distribution, you may decide to use a single pinch clip or double up to keep the brass steady (i.e., not sliding). But like I said earlier- this literally takes just a few minutes to do and the horse brasses aren’t altered in the slightest!

Repurposing and upcycling vintage horse brass into DIY tablecloth weights for autumn and Fall decor and parties by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da! Tablecloth weights…

And then, I just spread out a tablecloth (plaid of course- this one would be pretty, too!), and clipped on a horse brass! When used on a table inside, they are perhaps more decorative in nature…but if your gathering is on a back patio or in the yard (as southern Thanksgivings occasionally are!), they’ll be more functional to keep the cloth from flapping up onto the table.

Repurposing and upcycling vintage horse brass into DIY tablecloth weights for autumn and Fall decor and parties by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

They work brilliantly- especially for a windier day!

Repurposing and upcycling vintage horse brass into DIY tablecloth weights for autumn and Fall decor and parties by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Love it- and so easy to do.

The fun part is you could do this with any medal collection you have- perhaps from running, cycling, or even music competitions. It’s a great way to repurpose them without being permanent or destructive! And if you’re looking for more cozy autumn repurposing ideas, please check out my full collection here!

Craft on!

S


PIN ME!How to repurpose and upcycle vintage horse brass into DIY tablecloth weights for autumn and Fall decor and parties by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. Christina in FL says:

    Positively brilliant! I adore the way your mind works. 🙂

  2. Supe idea, we are sisters from another mother for repurposing! I WANT THOSE BRASSES- they are so cool! Did you mention what you paid, because if I saw them, I would have had that happy, overwhelming joyous feeling of: discovery, mine, why would ANYONE get rid of these?

    And I KNOW, you know what I mean. That feeling, when you see something and you would wag your tail, if you had one.
    Brilliant. I will be over and they better be hidden LOL

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      LOLOL, too funny, Susan!! And I will definitely keep them hidden…or maybe I’ll put them in my Etsy shop. I haven’t decided yet! 🙂

  3. How perfect! I’m glad to know I can repurpose the curtain rings like that! And even though it’s an easy project, you should always share because there is always something to learn!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thanks, Cecelia- I appreciate that!!

    • Excellent point, Cecilia, since what seems so clear to one, isn’t for the next person. And, once someone shares an idea, it sparks more creativity…more junking for all! Repurpose and reuse the really great things that shouldn’t end up in landfills.

  4. Wonderful project! Horseback riding is the most fun in the fall, with crisp autumn leaves and warm wooly plaids with boots.

  5. Another great idea! So creative!

  6. It is fall steeplechase season here in Aiken. Perfect for tailgating. Also for football teams with horse mascots.

  7. Very cool –

  8. I love a simple but fantastic project and this one is both. I would love to find some horse metals like yours. Great find.

  9. I love this idea, because let’s face it–it’s a challenge to find a cute table cloth weight! So clever! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm–pinned!

  10. What a great and fun idea Sarah and they do make such lovely weights. And I’m totally with you that horses and autumn fit together 😉

  11. What a great thrifting find and a super repurpose!!

  12. Last summer I bought some El-Cheapo tablecloth weights, big mistake. As soon as the wind came up the tablecloth flew up and the weights were banging against the deck table. Very annoying! Hopefully, I can find horse brass weights or something heavier. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story and we hope you will join us again next week.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      UGH, El-Cheapo anything always comes back and bites us in the end, right? Thank you so much for co-hosting the party!

  13. There is no end to your creativity. Love them! Loved the facebook link that explained them, too! The only other HEAVY thing I can think of to use for table weights is those awful balloon weights that the party stores sell; effective but surely not stylish!

  14. If it’s creative and unique, it does warrant a blog post 😉 This is both of those things including simple and easy so win, win, win, win! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday. These belong in a picnic basket and will be well used.

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