Glass flower vases can be used for a variety of craft projects. They are easy to decorate and fun to fill with your favorite things, such as potpourri, flowers or fruit. You can use clear glass vases or colorful, patterned vases often found at flea markets or garage sales. Making crafts is a great way to recycle those glass vases that have been collecting dust in your cabinets.
Sand and Seashells Summer Vase
You can turn a simple glass vase into a summer decoration for your home. Bringing a large pail or container with you, go to the beach to collect sand and an assortment of seashells. Seashells can be found out in the open, hiding underneath sand or near the shore. If you don't have a beach nearby, you can find these supplies at your local craft store.
Alternate between adding sand and seashells to your vase, or add the sand at the bottom of the vase and seashells near the top. Decorate the outside of the vase with silk flowers (hibiscus and plumeria work best) and tie a coordinating ribbon around the lip of the vase.
Glass vases make excellent potpourri holders. Fill a patterned glass vase with your favorite potpourri. If you don't have a patterned vase, you can use a clear vase and decorate the outside of it with glass paint. When the vase is filled with potpourri, place a lace doily over the top of the vase. Secure the doily by tying a colorful ribbon around the lip of the vase.
Potpourri can be found at any craft store or specialty store that carries candles and other scented items.
Stained Glass Vase
A stained glass vase can be made with a simple vase, puffy paint and glass paint. Decide on the design you want on your vase before you begin. Draw a sketch of this design on the vase with a washable marker. Draw over this sketch with puffy paint as your outline. Allow the outline to dry completely, then erase any marks left from the washable marker with a cotton swab. Paint in between the lines with glass paint. Once dry, you can fill this vase with a number of things, such as potpourri, flowers, marbles or seashells. If your vase is small, you can use it as a votive candle holder.
Add a homemade lamp to brighten up a room with this vase lamp. For the vase lamp, you just need a canning jar lamp kit found in craft and hardware stores, a vase, a lampshade and craft glue.
Flip your vase over and attach the jar lid from the canning jar lamp kit to the bottom of the vase. You can attach this with E6000 or another craft glue that is suitable for glass. Allow the glue to dry completely before putting the lampshade on the lamp. The cord hangs down the back of the vase lamp.
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