Remember, I was chosen to participate in an online challenge called the Mystery Thrift-Off. Lindsay from Better After bought 12 random weird items at a thrift store and mailed them to the contestants who then had several weeks to remake them and email her pictures of the before and after. Lindsay didn’t know what this item was when she sent it to me but thought it might be a gerbil breeding farm. I figured out from the tag on the back that it was an item for pets. I think it’s a cat toy; you put a little jingly ball inside and the cat sticks her paw inside and bats it around.
My first thought was to make it into a floral centerpiece like this. I moved on from that since I felt I wouldn’t be taking advantage of the unique design of this thing. So, I decided to make it a mod 60s/70s lamp. The choice of colors was inspired by this top I have. Well, that and googling 70s color schemes and weeding out the avocado/dirt/goldenrod combos.
The colors of spray paint I used are called Pink Panther and Mermaid. You can’t find these at your local hardware store but you can at an art supply store. My new favorite place! The brand I used is Montana Black. The inside is lined with orange plastic – I had it custom cut at a place called TAP Plastics. Cost: about $12. Then I stuffed it with a giant string of white Christmas lights. Voila!