Friday, April 29, 2011

Quick project for you - Bud vase

Hello! I had the afternoon off from work today, so I came up with a project to do with the girls (Kara and her BFF Sydney).  We altered some small glass bottles to use as bud vases.  We have gorgeous flowers blooming here and need a pretty way to display them all spring and summer.  So, we used these great bottles that I found on clearance at Michael's -
Now, I love the Easter image and kept a few for next year.  But, I was excited to alter these perfect sized bottles with some lace and vintage jewelry.  The girls love to sew. It is easiest to sew layers of lace and fabric if you pin them or even easier....glue them!
We measured the image on the bottle and then cut a page from an old book the same size. The layers of lace were selected and cut down before being glued down with spray adhesive. This will keep them from shifting while the girls sew. You can just make out the three layers - paper, white lace, ecru lace in the picture above. Kara is ready to sew!  You can sew the perimeter or consider doing an "X." Since the lace is transparent, the book page makes a nice background.
Here's the back after the layers have been sewn together. This will be glued directly onto the glass bottle in the next photo.  The book page we selected was a nice aged creamy white on one side and black on the other. 
Here's Kara adding some glue (EX600) directly onto the glass bottle with a paint brush. Yes, it ruins the paintbrush.  I do like how it gives you a nice thin layer of strong adhesive though. I just keep a few inexpensive brushes on hand for applying glue. The last thing to do is apply a vintage earring or brooch to the center. If you don't have any vintage jewelry, consider layering a few buttons for visual interest.  Here is Sydney's finished creation -
 Time to reveal Kara's beautiful little bud vase-
These are the cutest bottles and make great gifts for teachers at the end of the year.  I think we'll be making a few more soon.  Make sure you hit the clearance section this weekend if you are out shopping your local craft stores.  I hope you had a great week. One more day to enter my last giveaway of the month. See the link at the top right side bar.  Have a safe weekend everyone. Keep the tornado victims in your prayers please. xoxo


  1. Vicki,
    These are so very pretty...great ideas!


  2. Very pretty bottles!!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Happy Pink Saturday!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  3. Happy saturday,Vicki-
    I love the little bottles, your girls made- so cute with the lace and pearls.

  4. These are so pretty and so quick to make.
    Really lovely.

  5. I plan on making a Michaels run today, glad I checked out your post first

  6. The altered jars turned out beautifully! Such a simple way to glam up a something plain. Hope you are having a great weekend and that the weather will clear in the south. The tornadoes hit all areas in which I used to live so many years ago -- Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia. Such devastation, hearbreak and loss. Blessings to you and yours, Tammy

  7. These bottles are great!! I think I need to teach both my daughters to sew....(then I could put them to work)!!!! lol

  8. The "vases" are very pretty. I have a couple of those bottles and now I think I'll alter mine!
    Thanks for the great idea.

  9. cute and easy! my kind of project!

    sweet blessings girl!

  10. these turned out really cute!!:) ♥

  11. i'm heading there now! these petite bottles are so lovely and what fun it must have been for your daughter and her friend. you are raising one creative gal there! lucky her!

  12. I really love this idea. Thanks so much for sharing!

  13. How lovely; tiny touches that elevate the sentiment of the gift or keepsake ;-D !

    I have the latest issue of Somerset to enJOY your article and a cup of tea @>----

  14. Love the little bottle vases! Girls did a great job. I might try this myself.

    Somerset magazines are my most favorites. The photography is amazing. Read them from front to back and back to front...again and again!!

    Smiles and Blessings,

  15. So pretty! The girls must have had great fun!
    xoxo, a.

  16. Lovely little lacey bottle vases. The girls did a wonderful job. Happy creating...

  17. What a fun project! I love the Easter graphic that you used, and all of the wonderful embellishments, too! Sounds like a great way to repurpose bottles that are headed to recycling:)

  18. Cute project Vicki! It is so great that you do crafts with your daughter, it is something you will probably do together your whole life, since you have introduced her to the love of crafting!


  19. Darling bottles Vicki , Thanks for the tutorial!

  20. So very pretty!! Makes me rethink about bottles from the thrift store that I would normally walk away from. Thanks for sharing this.


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