We have a box of plain glass vases in our basement leftover from flower arrangements and other projects. A whole box. It’s just sitting there begging us to do something with it. We’ve got plans for some of them (coming up in a future post), but today we decided to dust off a few and give them a 5 minute makeover. And didn’t they turn out lovely? No way these beauties are going back in the box. We’ve got flowers in one now, but we’re also using them to hold brushes and markers to organize our craft room. Wanna see how we did it? Follow along, then go rescue your own boring vase with a 5 minute makeover.
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You will need:
Plain glass vases (we purchased ours at the dollar store).
Scrapbook paper or fabric- whatever you want to wrap your vase in. (We used Tim Holtz tissue wrap – side note- this stuff is awesome (and no one is paying us to say that!). It’s thin like a tissue paper, but has a wax-like coating so it’s more durable than regular tissue paper. Because it’s so thin, it lays really nicely against the glass).
Clear drying tacky glue (we used Aleene’s)
Burlap (or other) ribbon. (We purchased our burlap ribbon at JoAnn Fabrics. It’s similar to this burlap ribbon)
Twine, string or ribbon (we used this True Hemp brand purchased from Hobby Lobby)
Cut your paper long enough to wrap all the way around the vase. Run a thin line of glue along one edge of the paper. Let it dry for a second, then wrap the paper around the vase, and secure with another line of glue. We only used glue at the seams. If your paper is thicker and doesn’t want to stay put, you may need to glue all the way around the vase. (Keep in mind that once you glue paper onto the vase, if you ever need to wash it you will have to do it carefully by hand. I was able to easily hand wash my vase after having flowers in it, but if you’re using a less durable paper, or want to be able to remove it later, I had good luck just wrapping the vase and using the string to hold everything in place without glue).
Cut your ribbon long enough to wrap around the vase, and attach at the seams with tacky glue.
Wrap your twine or string around the vase a few times and tie in a simple bow.
No more boring vase! The possibilities with this craft are endless. If you have an empty vase lying around your house, we’d love to see how you make it over. Upload a picture to our Facebook page and we may highlight your craft in a future post!
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