While I love modern technology, I miss the hands on aspect of old school media. The feel of a vinyl album, the smell of 35 mm film, and the sight of movie reels all bring back memories. I remember how proud I was of earning an A/V “license” in elementary school, so I could help the teacher load the movie projector. While photo slides were a little before my time, I do have fond memories of going through my parent’s boxes of slides and holding them up to the light to squint at the tiny images.
This nostalgia causes me to become a little giddy when I find old audio visual items at Goodwill San Antonio. I often find these slide tray carousels, and I can’t resist buying them. I have a small collection, and I decided it was time to start upcycling them. My first idea is this fun desk organizer. I wanted a fun way to display my business cards when I do demos, and this is it! As I crafted, I came up with three different fun ideas for repurposing slide carousels.
- Slide Carousel
- Silver Charger or Table Mirror
Step one: Spray paint the slide carousel.
Step two: Glue the carousel to the center of the mirror.
If you want to put a sawtooth hanger on the back, I think this would make a one of a kind wall mirror!
It’s also a groovy desk organizer. The slide compartments are the perfect size for business cards, and the center holds lots of other supplies.
I like it best as a centerpiece or as a quirky vase. Totally unexpected but fun in a cool, retro kind of way!
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Disclosure: I wrote this post as an official Goodwill San Antonio blogger.