Things You Can Do With a Vintage Rotary Phone:

A Round-Up of Vintage Phone DIY Projects

This post presupposes you own a vintage phone in a visually-pleasing colour and you’re not quite sure what to do with it. Bottom line: this post will be useful to virtually no one (if you did own a bubblegum pink or mint green vintage phone, I imagine you would know exactly what to do with — sit it on a side table atop a stack of books next to a vase of fresh cut flowers and call it a day). But let’s say for some mysterious reason you are swimming in candy-hued vintage phones (if you are, please tell me your secrets, or mail me some of your money — you clearly have too much). What do you do then? A phone on every side table in your house? Sure. Or one of these DIY projects below:

  1. You might turn one of those phones into a bookend, or turn two of those phones (we’re assuming you’re really flush with vintage phones here) into bookends plural, a project Erin and Stefanie of Oh So Lovely completed for A Beautiful Mess (click the link for more pictures and directions).

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[Photo via A Beautiful Mess]

2. You can turn your vintage rotary phone into a succulent planter like Jenni from I Spy DIY has. This is actually crazy adorable, and I’m now on the lookout for a second rotary phone, so I can gut it and fill it with dirt (something I never thought I’d say). If you need more direction, here’s a youtube tutorial.

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[Photo via I Spy DIY]

3. Or if you’re feeling really ambitious (and/or you’re a certified electrician), you could turn the rotary phone into a lamp. Your phone could both sit on your side table and actually be useful (something my vintage pieces never do). Bjorn Freed talks about the project over at Bored Panda.

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[Photo via Bored Panda]

4. Apparently, you can turn an old phone into a docking station for a new phone (INCEPTION!). Again, I think you might need to be a bit more than crafty to pull this off. For those of you who aren’t Alexander Graham Bell reincarnated, you can buy one pre-made from RotaryRevival on etsy (he doesn’t currently have any listed for purchase, but it seems like he takes custom orders — let’s just hope Apple never changes the plug-in for iPhones).

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[Photo via RotaryRevival’s etsy page]

Any other ideas about what you might do with old phones? (Besides just swooning over them, of course.)

 

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Halloween Costumes for Vintage Lovers

I love Halloween. I mean, I really love it.

When else is it acceptable to eat nothing but mini chocolate bars and “fun-sized” boxes of Smarties all day?

Plus, I love dressing up. Theme party that everyone thinks is corny? I am there in full costume. With bells on (unless the costume doesn’t call for bells–then no bells on).

I have never not dressed up for Halloween. Even if it was only to be dressed up, alone, listening to “Zombie” by The Cranberries on repeat, waiting to hand out candy to kids who would never show up (my apartment building was not the Halloween hotspot I thought it would be), surrounded by a pool of my own wrappers.

I’m not going to reveal what my costume is just yet (I’m saving that for when I have photos), but I have compiled a round-up of vintage-inspired costumes you can put together with vintage clothes you may have, or could easily find at a thrift store.

  1. Mary Poppins via Keiko Lynn.mary-poppins-and-bert-costume-keiko-lynn-and-bobby-hicks-6-1

I am kicking myself right now for selling a vintage carpet bag and donating a black bowler hat.

2. Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of Oz via The Joy of Fashion:

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A costume that involves a dog in a basket? Well, that’s objectively the best costume ever.

3. Another Dorothy via What I Wore:

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Toto looks a bit different here. I can’t quite put my finger on it…

4. Marie Antoinette also from What I Wore:

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This one makes a really good last minute costume (hahaha).

5. 1920s Flapper via Sarah Forshaw:

 

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Wear a headband as a forehead-band and you’re halfway there.

6. The Golden Girls via A Beautiful Mess:

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This is the vintage that is easy to find because no one else wants it.

7. Remember Rory Gilmore’s 1940s USO outfit?

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Source.

8. Annie Hall via The Homesteady:

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Again, I mourn for you, recently-donated black bowler hat.

Whatever you wear this Halloween, just make sure you don’t buy it at Spirit Halloween.