I have never been a fan of any sort of gelatin salad or mold, Southern as I may be. So when my grandmother was moving from her home and gave me three of her gelatin molds, I kept them because they were from her, not for any practical use. They sat in my baking cabinet until I determined that they might look good on the kitchen wall, complementing the other vintage industrial type pieces I have. I found a few more in antique stores to round out the collection (managing to snap up a number of small baking tins and molds along the way) and made them into wall art (or a sentimental keepsake, if you prefer).
The best part about collecting everyday vintage pieces is finding new ways to use them and I turned to Pinterest for inspiration on how to use my other finds. Here are some of my favorites:
I think these tin collages from Jenni Bowlin are just brilliant!
A creative way to package a gift of jewelry (via Caroline Arber Photography
Baking pan planters via ethanollie
A fun idea for next Easter (via Etsy)
Baking pan storage from Ready Made