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Display a vintage wrench in an unexpectedly repurposeful way!

Mmmmmm…mistakes can be so awesome sometimes. You can ask most musicians and songwriters and they’ll back me up on this.

I was juuuust about to throw out a bunch of tools I never used while making over my old Craftsman toolbox, when that hamster on the wheel inside my head got really going again.

This vintage monkey wrench is so amazing-looking! There’s GOT to be a way to reuse this bad-boy!

And, so I did.

Its just-wide-and-heavy-enough “jaw” was perfect for holding a new graphic print I’d just received that would add the finishing and inspiring touch to my garage workshop makeover.  It would also add character and interest to just about any space in your home.

Bananas, right?


simple supplies

simple supplies.

• vintage monkey wrench

• paper cutter

• pencil ‘n straight edge

• print or photo

• clip board


1. Cut your print to the size of your clipboard. Be sure to use a paper cutter for the cleanest of lines.

use a paper cutter to cut clean lines

Use a paper cutter to cut clean lines.

2. Cut your mat to peek out from behind your print. You may want to use a Sharpie to color the edges once you’ve cut it to size.

Measure and cut picture backing

Measure and cut mat to desired size.

3. Sand rust and dirt from inside your monkey wrench’s jaw to prevent staining your print.

sand old rust and dirt from jaws

Sand old rust and dirt from jaws.

4. Attach print to clipboard, then place it inside the monkey wrench and clamp closed.

That’s it!
Repurposed wrench and graphic is quite inspiring


I just LOVE my new print designed by Pratima Aravabhoomi…

pronounced pruh-TEE-muh AH-ruh-VAH-BHOO-mee – say that 3 times fast!

…of Craft Street Designs. She was a former Apple consultant who now designs meaningful quotes into stylishly simple wall art. With my awesome print above, she cleverly AND figuratively hit the nail on the head!

Cuz I ain’t quit’n MY DIY day dream!!!

Before I wrap things up today, I thought I’d include a few of my favorite prints below.


A goal is a dream with a deadline. source:

Ampersand calligraphic

Ampersand calligraphic. source:

Stay weird

Stay weird – Yup…that’s ME! source:

Remember, you can do all kinds of things with prints – decoupage onto wood, uniquely frame them, (like placing it inside a repurposed dresser drawer picture frame), or place inside a glass vase with lights for a super-cool way to showcase one of these unique quotes.

Now, jump on over to Pratima’s design site and order a quoted print for your space!

wabi-sabi wrench

Wabi-sabi wrench photo holder.

Part of the beautiy is the vintage

Part of the beauty of this piece is the “vintage-ness” of this old, old monkey wrench.

monkey wrench photo holder

This wrench photo holder is just bananas!

All photos (except where indicated) by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly

The “Don’t Quit Your Daydream” print was donated by Craft Street Designs in exchange for inclusion in this post. All opinions are my own and I only accept products that I absolutely love. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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