Sometimes I have to take an object and turn it upside down, inside out, hang it on a wall, or turn it on its side to figure out what it should become.
I rescued this rusty green chicken feeder from the Alameda Antiques Faire a few weeks ago. The painted table top/drawer is now resting comfortably on my desk and it's doing a great job holding papers. After cleaning out the loose rust and spraying it with a coat of clear matte acrylic sealer....
It finally ended up on its side.
I pulled out my stash of glass tubes, added water and flowers,
then snuggled them inside the chicken feeder. I cut up some old sheet music pages using a paper cutter (much faster than doing it with scissors). A shredder would work also, but you'll end up with much finer pieces. The tubes stay firmly in place with the help of the shredded paper.
Move over chickens!