Friday, June 2, 2017

Trashy Tales - A Croquet Holder

I've a trashy tale to tell.  Let's let it be our dirty little secret, 'k? πŸ˜‰ Read on to hear how I brought home the trash and turned it into treasure! Welcome to Creative Friday!

Remember that the last time I was in Canton, I found this croquet set? It was complete but no holder for the pieces. I figured I'd just find some kind of box to put it in. (this isn't trash)

The next week, I'm out on my walk and spy this in the trash (however, this definitely is trash!).

Oh yeah, it came home with me. Hm, I see why they threw it away. The mallets were falling apart and there was plenty of rot happening. Could I salvage any of it? After a good scrubbing, I noticed two of the mallets were ok plus a couple other pieces would be usable. I knew then what I'd use it for!

Enter the croquet set holder! I know, right? What's better to hold a croquet set than actual croquet pieces?

First, I had to make a box. Digging through my stash of old pickets, I found two in reasonable shape. I figured out the size I needed, measured, then pulled out my trusty Ryobi circular saw. I carefully cut my pieces. Next up I drilled two holes in each side piece to hold the mallet handles.

Then I made the box - front and back nailed onto the bottom, then attached the sides.

Last, I slid the mallets in.

To hold the mallets on, I marked the handles where they came out of the side pieces,

Then pulled them back out and drilled a small hole to hold a piece of dowel rod old paint brush handle.
(I didn't have any dowels the right size but I have plenty of worn-out paint brushes! I cut them to size.)

 I then replaced the mallets and inserted my paint brush pins to keep the mallets from slipping out.

Now the game mallets can sit between the mallet handles and the balls fit in the box. The wickets also fit over the trashy mallet handles.

I'm rather proud of my croquet holder.  Not only did I repurpose some trash to something useful, I have a unique holder!

Happy to be sharing here: Vintage Charm Party


  1. Oh Cecilia, I love it how you found this on your walk! I would have brought the pieces home, really hit a home run with this one. As you said, you repurposed AND you're left with something pretty cool and unique! Great job! xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

    1. Thanks, Kathleen! I'm pretty proud of it. It works great too. I still have a couple of pieces I need to repurpose. :)

  2. Oh my, Cecilia! You are so creative! Only you would have thought to build your own stylish croquet holder with old pieces. And you used power tools, too! You go, girl!!! I am impressed!

  3. Look at you!! How creative is this, and using power tools too?! I'm impressed my friend!

    Have a great weekend!!


  4. This is too cute! I remember you sharing that you picked these up and were going to repurpose them. You couldn't have found a better use for them. A+ for creativity! Hope your weekend is going well so far!

    Hugs, Vicky

  5. Just my style ... your are so clever. Love what your did. Lightly sand and oil the old pieces that are left and you might be surprised how pretty the wood might be. You could cut the other mallets in half for short legs on a tray or box. Have fun and enjoy.
    Missing blogging but somehow I manage to read a few of my favorite blogs.

  6. Perfect for the wedding lawn game!

  7. Such a clever, clever repurpose! Thanks for sharing it at Vintage Charm--pinned!


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