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This week, we'll learn how to create crafty new homes for your flowers. Using everything from shampoo bottles to lightbulbs, these vases will help you upcycle everyday items into the perfect vessel for your garden's brightest pickings.
Start with your old busted lightbulbs: Instead of tossing them out, turn them into fun hanging bud vases with this tutorial from Building 25. Dip the bulbs in paint for some added bursts of color, or put sequins in the water to dress them up for an evening event.
A twig flower vase is a clever way to turn tin cans, old glasses, or glass bottles into a classier cylinder. This one made by nini makes uses twigs from the garden and twine from the kitchen to dress up a throw-away plastic planter. Try adding other long and lean pieces such as pencils, straws, or pipe cleaners that are more applicable to your interests—or those of your flower recipient.
Although these faux bois vases were featured at Centsational Girl during the holidays, I think this type of texture works for home goods year round. White works nicely, but you could also go with brown, orange, or red to craft a more unique statement. Use this technique to create any number of textures on your vases, such as plaid, polka dots, or a hidden phrase—maybe "don't forget to stop and smell the roses."
A flower arrangement wrapped in a sweater will look fitting on your table during the cold winter months. Just upcycle any old sweater that's taking up space in your closet into this sweater vase from sweet paul. Take cutouts from a few sweaters and sew them together with a wide, thick stitch for a more structured look.
For my project this week, I took two different approaches to making vases. First, I made two tall vases out of bottles of shampoo and conditioner I picked up during a vacation—I just spray painted the bottles at a very close range to get the dripping effect. Then, I swiped some baby food bottles from my nephew (after he finished eating, of course) and wrapped one in some sturdy yellow yarn. You can create your own variation on this vase with any sort of ribbon or twine, but make sure to pick a textured, structured material for maximum impact.