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How-To Decorate with Repurposed Crib Springs

Have your kids outgrown the crib stage and now you have metal mattress springs that you know you can do something with but you're not sure what?

In this post, I'm going to share with you what I did to repurpose and upcycle crib mattress springs as part of this month's Thrifty Style Team post.

I'll be giving tips for hanging as well as some simple display ideas using items you already have on hand and a cute bok paper banner.

After your done, head to the bottom of this post to see all great inspiration the other amazing team members are sharing and also be sure to head over to Redhead Can Decorate and visit Julie. Julie is the founder of the Thrifty Style Team and she shares so many wonderful, practical, and thrifty things, everything from recipes to decor and gorgeous home remodels.

So, let's get started.

Back in September, I had a depression decluttering session in the garage. Every time life gets ridiculous, I throw stuff out. It's sort of my way of controlling something, anything. Anyone else do that?

One of the things I came across was the crib my parents bought for my oldest son high up on a shelf. Since I couldn't donate it because it was a drop-side crib (and those are no longer considered safe) I dragged it out to the curb for garbage pickup the next day but I kept the springs. I cleaned them up and then stared at them for a few weeks before I decided what to do with them.

When we remodeled the kitchen and tore out a whole wall of cabinetry I was left with this white gaping space. I knew I wanted to put something there, something big, something versatile, but not a big bulletin board and as it turned out, this was the perfect space for my mattress spring display.

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I used heavy duty gallery wire to hang the crib springs from the wall. There are small openings along the edge of the springs on both sides and I used those to weave and anchor the wire. I also used one Hangman Bear Claw Wall Hanger to hang the springs from. These are my favorite wall hangers for drywall. I am not a fan of making a huge hole to put in drwall hangers and for anything under 30 pounds, these work great.

Once the mattress springs were on the wall I started to shop my house for "things" to hang on it.

I had this wooden parsley box from years ago and hung that using a hook from Ikea on to the springs. I pulled some succulents from Dollar Tree out of the plastic pots they were in and stuck them in the box. I can change this out for the seasons easily, so that's a plus since I change elements of my decor often.

Next, I added some faux flowers to a plastic jar, wrapped twine around the lip area of the jar and used a Christmas ornament hook to hang that.

This wooden ruler was my Dad's and I use it all the time around the house. Most of the time it's folded up but it's so easy to bend it into shapes so I decided to make a star from it and I used twine to hold the shape and hung this with a Christmas ornament hook as well.

At the top of the springs, I placed a preserved boxwood wreath.

For the few months I've been decorating the springs I had a wreath there for every season. In the fall, I had my coffee filter wreath front and center and then over Christmas, I had a an evergreen wreath with a huge red satin bow. The boxwood wreath is a nice change of pace and I think it will probably stay there until next fall.

I printed out some farm pics on cardstock, cut them apart and attached those to the bed mattress frame with clothespins and to keep that theme going, I also added some to a cork-covered cutting board and sitting on top of the black and white striped linen napkins I have another thrifty find, an almost complete set of Wm Rogers and Son Silverware. I don't have the full set displayed, just a few pieces to help keep the vintage vibe going.

And last but not least, I made a banner on a book page with the word faith, used some twine to string it together and tied it onto the side of springs.

Now for the rest of this month's team, check out the gorgeous posts below.

♥Redhead Can Decorate - My Gorgeous Thrift Store Mirror
♥2 Bees In A Pod  - Blue and White Thrifted Home Decor
♥Jennifer Rizzo - Free Bee and Honeycomb Printable
♥Postcards From The Ridge - Clear the Clutter with this Tool Box Mail Organizer
♥Salvage Sister and Mister - DIY Cardboard Sunflower
♥Virginia Sweet PeaDIY Milk Glass Lamp Makeover

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13 Comments

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  2. Very cute! My son has a crib spring over his dresser too, but not styled nearly as cute as yours.

  3. Paula@SweetPea says:

    This is such a cute way to create a display area for your home.

  4. Beth Bryan says:

    Love it! I have an old baby crib spring that I used to weave an American "flag" using ribbons. It's one of my favorite projects! I'll link it up in my comment. 🙂

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  6. What a great addition to your vintage kitchen Mary Beth! Now you need to write a post on what to do with crib side rails because I have a bunch and have NO idea what to use them for!! 🙂

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  8. Michelle @ The Painted Hinge says:

    I just adore this idea, and I love the way you styled it!

  9. So creative. I love what you did with that.

  10. This is such a great upcycle. And it looks perfect in that spot!

  11. I have been wanting to do something like this. You have completely inspired me. From the spring to the tiniest details, it is perfection!

  12. Great upcycle project. I really like that you can change out the decor on the crib springs so easily.
    Have a great week,
    Kippi

  13. For myself I would add chicken wire to the spring 🙂