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Posted on 23 April 2013 by

Creating a Unique Trellis from a Broken Umbrella

Photo Credit: Ex-umbrella by End of Radio used under CC BY 2.0

Photo Credit: Ex-umbrella by End of Radio used under CC BY 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The other day, I was coming across campus when a gust of wind hit my umbrella.

It took all my strength to hang on to this umbrella but when I looked up I noticed that my umbrella was inside out and I was getting wet.

Well, I still needed my broken umbrella and decided to hold on to it.

After my classes were over and I got home, I thought about my umbrella. While I knew I could not repair it, I just could not throw it away without considering a re-purposing or reusing project. The more I looked at the metal skeleton the more I considered alternative uses.

First, I thought of hanging it upside down and using it as a clothesline for light-weight objects. But I really did not like that idea. Another consideration I had was turning the spent umbrella into a plant drying station.

While this was a great idea, I wanted something more unique. Something that had a distinctive flavor and this is when I decided on a trellis.

While this will be a short trellis and not one designed to support Read the rest of this entry »


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