Captain Hook's "Hook"

It seems like forever since I made anything for my pirate backyard... it was long over due. So, I created Captain Hook's "Hook."

My husband found an old rusty hook at our local swap meet for only $2.00. Beautiful isn't it? *swoon*
 I immediately knew I was going to use the hook to create something that Captain Hook would have worn. I purchased a faux alligator purse and a brass and copper chafing dish heating stand from a thrift store to use to create the piece. The two items together were only $4.00....
I scored some thick cardboard so that it would curve easily inside the chafing dish piece so that I would have something to create the housing for the hook. I snapped off the curved footings of the piece by bending them back and forth with some pliers.
 Once I had the cardboard fitted inside the piece the way I wanted, I turned my attention to the alligator skin I was going to be using. I cut a large section out of the purses material and painted some black onto the vinyl to really bring out the detail of the alligator texture. I rubbed off the extra with a baby wipe. Once the paint had time to set up in the crevices, I used spray adhesive to adhere the vinyl to the cardboard.
I stuck a cork on the sharp tip of the hook--- I saw that in one of the Captain Hook movies... and thought it was a cute idea. *wink* I finished off the piece with some silver/black trim and I added a Dresden piece to the area around the hook. Once the piece was finished, I took even more black paint and dirtied it up so it looked old...
 I even finished off the inside... why not, right?
I am very happy with how it turned out. Not to shabby for a total investment of only $6.00.
I'm starting to get pirate fever once again.... arrrgggghhhh~
big hugs,


  1. I am smiling and slowly shaking my head at your ingenuity! I would never think hook + chaffing dish holder + older purse = Captain Hook's hook. Love it!!
    xx, Carol

  2. How do you come up with this stuff? Amazing!

  3. Hi Cheryl, you are incredible and such a talent to imagine and design something like this.
    You could design for movies my friend. Amazing treasure!! xo

  4. I love your hook! That was an amazing idea and it turned out so authentic. Wish I had some of your creative genius.

  5. Oh I love it...Only an "Artsy Fartsy" person could look at a hook and go Eureka!!! It turned out so realistic!


  6. Cheryl, You simply amaze me! This is just magical!!!!!! Great work!

  7. Oh my goodness, you are so very clever and it turned out so fantastic!!! That sure looks like a more expensive piece!

  8. Suspicious timing, Cheryl. I was watching Once Upon a Time a couple of days ago and their Captain Hook has just lost his... :-)


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