Thursday, June 7, 2012

DIY Glass Vase Makeover with Rope?

A while back I received an email from my dear friend Martha, Martha Stewart that is...OK, she's not really my dear friend, but she did send me an email...OK, SHE probably didn't send me an email, but I signed up somewhere along the lines to get her newsletter. So in a squiggly round-about way I guess she did send me an email. It was one of her crafty DIY ideas with a pot, some rope and some glue! I thought it looked really cool, but didn't know what pot to cover and wasn't really inspired by it.
That is until I read this post
here by Pam from Simple Details . When I read this post, I was really inspired to create something! My main level of my house is very open with vaulted ceilings. The people that built the house put two indents into a couple of the walls.

On the one above the stairs I had a tall glass vase filled with, well my kids call them jewels, I guess to describe them, they are those clear colored smooth rocks...purple, deep red and clear/white were the colors I had. Then I had made an arrangement with purple and green leaves/twigs and such. But this was made way back in 2003.
I forgot to take a picture of the vase with the flowers in it before I took it down, but here is the only picture I could find of it. {Oh and look, there's the red couch we put in a frickin' minivan people! I still can't believe that!}

Definitely time for an update!
So off to the store we go. I hate to admit this, but we went to Walmart. We live in a very small community and Walmart is my only real option. But that's OK, all I really need is some rope, right?! 
I bought the thickest rope I could find and got one package. Surely that would be enough!
I remembered reading that I need to wrap the vase before I start to glue. Good thing I did too, since I didn't have enough rope!
So back to lovely Walmart! UGH! And guess what, they didn't have any more rope that big! So I bought the next size down and thought I would try to make it work.

After dumping all the jewels out and becoming "THE BEST MOM IN THE WORLD" since I gave all the jewels to the kids, I cleaned the vase.
Then I put an old blanket on the floor and got my rope ready. I decided to use a glue gun to glue the rope on the vase. Note to self: buy a regular size glue gun, not a mini! Bigger projects will go a lot fast with a real adult sized glue gun!
I decided to layer the rope with one large and then one medium size. To do this I put them on top of each other and glued them at the same time while I wrapped them around the vase.

It actually went pretty quickly and smoothly!

Then I had some really thin twine that was a darker color than both the ropes and decided to wrap that around to try and give it a little more dimension! It actually turned out really good! I am so proud of it!!!

I bought a $10 bouquet? Is that what you call these things when they really don't have flowers in them???? And I got it from, you guessed it, Walmart. {I feel like when I use a little font for Walmart, you read over it really fast and forget I said it even faster}

So what do you think? I'm really trying to look at what I currently have in my home for decorations and seeing if there is something simple and cheap that I can do to it to give it a new feel! 

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Deb said...

I am very impressed. I like the rope vase. Good job little sis.

Elena said...

Lol! You made me laugh with the small Walmart font ;)

I have three niche's in my home and one is currently empty. I love seeing how other people fill theirs. Nice job on the vase!

@ `a casarella

Gleeful @ The Captivating Life said...

It looks pretty good! I really like the look of rope vases, and it's nice that they're so simple. Thanks again for visiting - I thought I'd stop by and say hello!

Big Sister said...

Looks awesome. I do have to say my favorite part of this post is the boy on the couch!!!! Love it!

pam {simple details} said...

I love your version, Sue! The small and large rope look great together, and what a nice update for your niche! Thanks for mentioning my little blog, too! :)