Over the weekend I teamed up with Mere from Not Merely Living and took Brittany Jepsen’s (House that Lars Built) paper flower class on Skill Share. If you’re new to Skill Share, or Brittany for that matter, I highly recommend taking the class. I’ve only completely the rose so far (there are three flowers total), and even though my skills are not even close to Brittany’s, I feel like I walked away with something beautiful.
Monogrammed vases make a great gift for just about any occasion. Personalize with your letter of choice, fill with fresh flowers, and make someone’s day, even if it is your own.
First, wash your vase and dry completely. You can remove any unwanted finger print or smudges with rubbing alcohol.
For my letter, I used glass silkscreens from Martha Stewart. They’re self-adhesive, washable, and completely reusable which is great if you’re making more than one vase. If you’re tight on cash, you could use blue painters tape and an x-acto to achieve a similar look.
Apply your stencil, making sure there are no large air bubbles. Because the letters are self-adhesive, you can reposition the stencil a few times until you get it perfect.
Time: 45 minutes Materials: used candle, hot water, fine mesh strainer, soap & water
When I bought this candle from Illume, I knew I’d eventually have to do something with the fabulous jar when the wick got too short. Well that time came earlier this week, so I decided to learn how to remove wax from a jar. The process is much easier than expected, here’s how!
First, bring some water to almost a boil and pour into your jar (works with glass too). You’ll want to make sure all the wax is covered, even the remnants on the sides. Make yourself a cup of tea with the remaining water, sit back, and wait for the water to cool.
Your wax should melt with ease. Once the water is cool, your wax will float to the top. Remove the wax and the wick stub with a spoon and throw out (unless you plan to reuse). You’ll want to pour the remaining water through a fine mesh strainer in order to filter out the smaller pieces. Make sure not to get any wax down your drain!
Clean your jar with soap and water, dry, and you’re done! For now I am using this as a flower vase, but may store my jewelry in it later.
Begin by unraveling your wire and wrapping it loosely around your vase. This will give you an idea of how much wire you’ll need to achieve your desired look.
Nail polish will allow you to customize your wire, and with so many colors available, the possibilities are endless! Wrap your wire around a paper towel roll and apply 1-2 coats of desired color(s).
Apply a clear top coat to set. When dry, flip roll over and complete the same process on the unpainted wire.
Once your wire is good and dry, wrap once around your vase and twist with your jewelry pliers. Leave a small section of wire to help you finish at the end. Wrap the wire around the vase until you can’t make it around again. Twist the remaining wire to the small piece you left at the beginning. Use your jewelry clippers to cut off any excess wire. Be sure to wear protective eyewear and clip the wire away from your face.
Fill with flowers and enjoy! To make your wire really pop, take a large plant leaf and wrap on the inside of your vase.