This month in my upcycling challenge I spotted a neighbour had a cable reel on their door step.  Well when I discovered it would be thrown away I realised I could turn it into an excellent display stand for my bags by transforming it into a giant cotton reel. First I covered it in Undercoat, then painted it in gold leaf emulsion finally finishing it with a few coats of clear varnish.
Next all that remained was to add the "cotton".  I had an old broken beaded curtain that I had balled up over 3 years ago and always wanted to find a use for and this was perfect.  I glued it all down with P.V.A and the final result is shown here.  Great fun and a happy ending.  Can't wait to use it on my stall now!