I recently wrote an article for GMC Trade Secrets on Bringing the Outdoors In. In writing the article, I had so many ideas jumbled in my head. I looked around at my own home to see what I had done myself to get closer to nature. I have a lot of natural elements displayed in my home décor and one of my favorite “chores” is to cut fresh flowers from the garden. I did decide to take my own advice and make a couple new vases. Here is my DIY Rope Vase How To. The best part? It only takes about 15 minutes to make!
Step One: Choose your materials.
I had a successful trip to the Salvation Army the other day and I found some nice glass vases for $2.00 each. In choosing a vase, look for the desired shape and choose a heavier more sturdy weight. Sometimes, especially while thrift store shopping, you come across light weight vases that break easily. Those are likely the vases that your flower arrangements come in and collect dust in your cabinet. I chose wide hurricane style vases.
For the rope, I went to the hardware store and found manila rope (3/8 inch X 50 feet). I chose it for the thickness and the color. There were a few options in sisal, but I wanted a darker color. Fifty feet will make at least three vases of this size. I purchased it for $8.00.
Step Two: “Measure” the desired length.
The best way to measure the amount of rope you need, wrap it around the vase without gluing it until you reach the desired height and cut it. This is easy to do with a thicker rope like the one I chose.
Step Three: Unwrap & Glue
Unwrap the “measured” rope and glue the end to avoid fraying.
Step Four: Wrap and Attach
Start wrapping and gluing as you go!
Here is the finished look.
A big THANK YOU to Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts and Angie from The Country Chic Cottage for allowing me to participate in this weeks Craft Lightning 15 minute crafts Be sure to stop by their amazing blogs and say hello!