10 DIY Inspiring Yardstick Alternatives

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When you hear the word yardstick, what comes to mind? Measurements right? We use them for everything from measuring the distance between our hemlines and the floor to keeping up with our kid’s growth spurts. Beyond the practical, yardsticks are also a great medium for sparking your creative genius.

Unleash your creative genius with these yardstick alternatives. These projects are perfect for the DIY 'er, seamstress or handy guy in your life.

Yardstick Alternatives

Below are 10 amazing yardstick alternatives that will help push us outside the box of it’s traditional use.

 

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  1. Yardstick Stools:

This photo is from my personal stash. I spotted these beauties at a flea market and have kicked myself for not taking one home. Fingers crossed I can sweet talk Mr. TSL into making me one.


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2. Business Card Holder

How cool would this look sitting on the desk with your cards in it! Think beyond sewing with this one. It is a great gift idea for so many creative types in your life.


 

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3. Bird House

These beauty was found at one of my many stops along the way during the 127 sale trips. 


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4. Necklace

We all have that sewing friend who has her fair share of fabric but we still want to buy her something special… well, this is the perfect fit!


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5.  Yardstick Coat Rack

A yardstick is the perfect length for a coat rack. With hardware of your choice and a little know how, you can create this conversation piece in no time.


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6.  Yardstick Buffet

Wow! Simply stunning.  Pare down the formality of the traditional buffet with this creative version.


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7.  Yardstick Mirror

Be inspired! What a great way to frame a mirror and add personality.


Transform the simple everyday with these easy to make yardstick alternative projects.

8. Spool Holder

Frame your favorite spools of thread (or other sewing knick knacks) with this yardstick spool holder.


Transform the simple everyday with these easy to make yardstick alternative projects.
9.  Vintage Inspired Sewing Table

Modern mixes with vintage in this table made from yardsticks and a vintage treadle.


Unleash your creative genius with these yardstick alternatives. These projects are perfect for the DIY 'er, seamstress or handy guy in your life.

10. Deer Art

Creating your favorite silhouette with yardsticks is not limited to the deer variety. Use this wall hanging as inspiration to create your own statement.


Now, if you don’t have any yardsticks on hand, you may want to beef up your stash. Here’s what we found online. I would grab the inexpensive ones and give them a quick wipe down with stain or even a brush of color before making my next project. Depending on the final piece, I might even add a quick coat of poly but that’s just me.

So, whether you’re using your yardsticks in the traditional sense or thinking outside the box, what you create is only limited to your imagination. I just love seeing this vintage sewing tools used in alternative ways!

 

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Comments

  1. Oh my goodness! What wonderful ideas. I am in the process of cleaning out my mother-in-laws house and have found a few yardsticks. I will have to try to at least make the bird house. Thanks for the ideas.

  2. Ana Sullivan says:

    These are some great ideas. I have a yardstick that I bought from a vintage store for TG&Y. I loved it because that is where I grew up buying all my sewing fabric/patterns, etc. I have pinned this to my Sewing Spaces board:

  3. cindacinda says:

    These are all pretty awesome ideas. I especially love the birdhouse! Think I’ll give a few of these a try. Thanks for sharing.

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