Repurposed Tape Measure DIY Projects

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One of the things that I keep my eye out for at antique stores is old tape measures.  They usually come on spools with a small handle on the side that winds the tape measure inside the spool.  I’ve come across a few of them and always buy them if the price is reasonable.
The projects below are actually a repost that I did quite a few years ago.
When I updated my blog several months ago to make it a secure website, all of the photos could no longer be seen.  So I had to upload the photos again, and I decided to reshare the post since I know many of you have never seen them before.
Repurposed tape measure projects by Knick of Time | knickoftime.net
As usual, I found myself working on theme items this week for my shop.  I don’t usually try think of themes to work on … they just happen.

A customer asked me to create 3 measuring tape bracelets for her and I only had one made up, so I got busy making some more.
Antique Tape Measure Bracelet with Vintage Buttons - Upcycled Measuring Tape
Then someone else ordered another one, and someone else ordered another one.

I knew my week was going to be filled with numbers.
Antique Tape Measure Bracelet with Vintage Buttons - Upcycled Measuring Tape
I decided to create some matching earrings as well.

Repurposed Tape Measure Earrings a repurposed and upcycled project by Knick of Time

Repurposed Tape Measure and Button Bracelets by Knick of Time | knickoftime.net

Since I had all the supplies out, I decided to create some other bracelets from another antique measuring tape I had just brought home.

Each one is a little different, with different buttons on them.

Repurposed Tape Measure and Button Bracelets by Knick of Time

Repurposed Tape Measure and Button Bracelets by Knick of Time | knickoftime.net

I started working on another coat rack and painted it with chalkboard paint, but it seemed a little too plain.  So I added some of the tape measure to the top of it.  I fell in love with the old schoolhouse look it now has.  I think it would be great to write the family member’s names above the hooks, and leave little messages as well.

Repurposed Bed Side Rail Chalkboard Coat Rack by Knick of Time | knickoftime.net

I distressed along the edges and sanded the coat hooks, so it all looks really aged.

Repurposed Bed Side Rail Chalkboard Coat Rack/a salvaged and upcycled project by Knick of Time | knickoftime.net

This baby is really long – over 67 inches, so it will work well for an entryway.

Repurposed Bed Side Rail Chalkboard Coat Rack by Knick of Time| knickoftime.net

Since I was on a roll, I decided to work on another repurposed tape measure project.

I made some “old school” looking wooden hangers.

Repurposed Wood Pants Hanger Tape Measure Projects repurposed and upcycled by Knick of Time | knickoftime.net

Old book prints and maps look wonderful displayed on them.

In addition to creating things with cloth measuring tapes, I also listed two wooden folding rulers in the shop as well.

Repurposed Folding Tape Measure Star DIY Projects by Knick of Time

Repurposed Folding Tape Measure by Knick of Time

I hope your week is measuring up too!

Vaya con Dios,

Angie

See the other bed side rail coat rack here.

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Comments

  1. These are great, love the bracelets. Now I will have to look for an old tape measure.
    FYI – the link for the crimps goes to a page not found.

  2. I hadn’t seen this post before and I am so glad you reposted it. Such creative ideas. If you ever decide to make more bracelets I would love to get one!

  3. I remember this post Angie, I love those bracelets! You always have such great repurposing ideas!

    On a side note… all of your pictures were no longer visible?!?!? DOH! I think I might have given up blogging if that happened to me!

    Tania

  4. Marlene Stephenson says:

    Thanks Angie, these were all so cute. I love the bracelet and earrings. Have a wonderful and Happy New Year.

  5. Thank you so much for reposting these! They are beautiful. (FYI: The crimp link says that the page is not found. The bed side rail coat rack link just takes you back to your home page.) I hope you have a wonderful new year with your precious family! God Bless, Tina

    PS Thank you for all the wonderful and helpful posts this year. I love the printable library too! 🙂

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