Are you enjoying your flower garden this summer? Today’s project is a cute and inexpensive container to hold cut flowers for any occasion. Use this container in your home decor, set it on your desk at work, make a bunch of these to use as centerpieces for a wedding, or give one filled with flowers to a friend to brighten her day.
This vase can be used with a metal can from your pantry (like I used), or make it with an acrylic drinking glass or a glass vase as long as it’s a cylinder or square shape.
Supplies pictured below:
1. Remove all wrappers and glue from can and wash with soap and water. Cut scrapbook paper to fit.
Working in small sections, brush Mod Podge on can, then put the scrapbook paper on the can.
2. Once the scrapbook paper is on the can, brush an even coat of Mod Podge over the paper. Set aside and allow this to dry completely.
3. Now that the can is dry, add a tiny bit of water to some brown paint to make it like a glaze, then randomly apply the paint to the can to make it look aged. This coat should dry quickly.
4. When the can is dry, wrap a piece of ribbon about 1/3 way down the length of the can. Secure with a dab of hot glue.
5. Cut 18 inches of Bowdabra Bow Wire, fold in half, and place in the Mini Bowdabra that already has the Hair Bow Tool on it.
6. Cut 2 pieces of ribbon 18 inches long. You can finish the ends now if you wish, but I will be doing it at the end of this project. You will be making a 3 inch tails up and tails down basic bow. To do this, fold one piece of ribbon in half to find the center and place it into the Mini Bowdabra.
7. Make one loop on the left that is 1 1/2 inches long. Note that the end of this loop should be facing up on the other side of the Mini Bowdabra.
8. Take the other end piece of ribbon on the right side of the Mini Bowdabra and make another loop that is 1 1/2 inches long. As you can see, both ends of the ribbon are facing up.
9. Fold the free end of the first loop to make the 3rd loop. Note the ribbon end is facing down.
10. Fold the final loop. Both ends are facing down.
11. Scrunch this bow with the Mini Bowdabra Wand but do not tie it off at this point.
12. Using the second piece of ribbon, follow steps 6-10 to make another bow with 1 1/2 inch loops, but this time have the ends facing up instead of down.
13. Scrunch both bows with the Mini Bowdabra.
14. Leave the bow in the Mini Bowdabra for now. Thread the 2 loose ends of the Bowdabra Bow Wire through the loop at the other end. Pull the wire tightly so the bow will not fall apart, then remove from the Mini Bowdabra. Separate the two loose ends of the wire and bring them around to the back of the bow. Double knot, then trim excess wire.
15. If you didn’t do it already, cut the ends to the desired length. They can be cut straight, on a diagonal, or make dovetails. Apply a little fray check or clear nail polish to prevent fraying.
16. Cut a small piece of ribbon and make a loose knot. Wrap this around the bow center and secure with a dab of hot glue.
17. Once the bow is finished, glue the bow onto the ribbon wrapped around the can.
18. Now your new vase is ready to be filled with flowers and enjoyed!
Deadline is Sunday July 24, 2011 at 11:59pm EST