Hello friends, and welcome to Remnant Design Company. I have returned to blogging with an all new blog design and blog platform and this is my first actual post! I am so sincerely glad you’re visiting. On my website you can read my story, view pictures of current projects and even peruse my Instagram feed. It’s a lot for me to navigate and master, but I hope it will just continue to improve as I learn, and that when visiting you will find something that inspires you.
Do you change your decor seasonally? Perhaps you dress your sofa in bright and breezy throw pillows or change the pillar candles and tapers. I don’t generally make huge seasonal decor modifications. I live in a small cottage and I don’t have a lot of storage space, therefore, storing bulky items or a large volume of decor items is just not practical. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy making and introducing seasonal accents.
I’m going to show you how to pretty-up a simple Dollar Tree cylander vase, and if you have flowers blooming at your house it won’t take you long to brighten a favorite spot~ a kitchen counter, the mantle, the dining room table. These colorfully dressed-up vases will instantly add a summery feel, and you won’t have to rearrange to accommodate them.
You will need these three items~ A cylander vase, a piece of pretty cardstock (12×12), and double stick tape. And for an add-on you will need twine or small diameter rope.
A word about the tape, I am using 1/4″ seam basting tape actually, that I buy from Sailrite. I love using this tape for paper, even though it is designed for canvas fabric, because it holds really well and is not at all frustrating to work with. I have seen similar products online from sites such as Uline. I am not crazy about the Scotch brand tape for use with cardstock. Scotch double sided tape works well for lightweight photos, but when you are working against the gravitational pull of cardstock from around a vase, you need the big guns!
Once you have assembled your supplies, cut a piece of 12″x12″ cardstock in half.
Put a strip of the double sided tape along one edge of the backside of the paper and press firmly.
Cut the tape off evenly and remove the backing to expose the stickiness.
Carefully wrap the paper around vase and overlap the edges. Rub your finger firmly along the seam. As you can see, I made certain my paper was even at the top. It won’t be perfect at the bottom because these vases are not exactly the same diameter top and bottom. But really, a tiny mismatch doesn’t matter.
So once you’ve covered your vase, it’s time to embellish it. I decided to enhance my vase with heavy twine. Any twine that you have on hand will work, but I especially like this bulky macrame cord. Really, even a inexpensive jute will work.
I left a piece of cord dangling so that you can get a better look. The method is, wrap the vase with cord, encircling the vase until it looks appropriate to you. I did nine revolutions. If you have a hot glue gun, secure the 2 ends of the cord at the back side, although a circle doesn’t really have a front and back, so actually on top of the cardstock seam. If you don’t have a glue gun, use a strong hold glue such as Tacky. This method will however take a lot longer to dry, and you may have to hold the cord in place. I think all crafters need a glue gun because as one friend put it, “instant gratification”.
Simple twisted jute~
I filled the vases with hydrangeas from our garden. But here’s the only downside to this project~ the cardstock really shouldn’t get wet. So I very carefully used a large glass measuring cup to fill them with water. This is not meant to scare you, just exercise a little caution when pouring the water, oh and don’t use the vases outside on a rainy day.
Just for fun I made three tags as an embellishment. I live near the shore, but our style is not exactly “beach house”. I think rustic-coastal best describes our environment. However, once in awhile my inner-cutesy surfaces. The tags are simply tucked under the cord so if I get tired of using them I can easily pull them off.
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