Turn Old Glass Bottles and Jars Into Pretty Vases to Display Bright Spring Blooms Indoors and Out
Wood, bright colours and glass jars create a floral display that’s thrice as nice!
YOU WILL NEED
Tape measure and ruler 3 small glass jars, washed, labels removed Craft knife Felt Sheets, £1/10 theworks.co.uk Strong glue General Purpose Pine Timberboard, £8.97/18mm x 200mm x 1.15m wickes.co.uk Handsaw Fine-grade sandpaper Drill 1m lengths of Green Jute Twine x 2, £1.50/ 125m wilko.com.
WHAT TO DO
Measure the height of the jars to just below the rim and around the circumference. Use a craft knife and ruler to cut three rectangles from the felt sheets to fit around the jars (A). Wrap a felt sheet around each of the glass jars, using dots of glue to secure in place. Stand the three jars in a row and measure their combined length. Use this measurement and the jars’ height to mark two rectangles onto the timberboard, using a pencil. Cut them out using the handsaw and sand the edges. Drill a small hole in each corner of the pieces of timber. Thread a length of twine through the bottom two holes in one piece. Line the three jars up against the timber rectangle, then stand the other piece of timber on the opposite side, so the jars are sandwiched between them. Thread the ends of the piece of twine through each of the bottom holes on this second piece of timber (B). Cross the ends of the twine over and thread them back through both sets of holes, and knot to secure at the front. Repeat this process at the top of the wood. 6 Add water to each jar, and fill with spring blooms such as ranunculus, fritillaria and hyacinth.
Show off a bunch of daffs with the silvery tones of birch bark.
YOU WILL NEED
Glass jar, washed, label removed Strips of bark in various lengths Hot-glue gun Striped twine, 95p plushaddict.co.uk Daffodils.
WHAT TO DO
Gather together a selection of bits of bark, approximately 2.5cm wide, and in varying lengths – choose some that are a little taller than the jar, and a few that are a little shorter. If you can find tree-fall bark when you’re out and about all the better, but pick some up in your local craft store if not. You’ll fund bundles of birch bark at hobbycraft.co.uk, £5.50/10. Add a little adhesive to the back of one of the longer lengths of bark using the hot-glue gun, and then press it onto the side of the jar. Hold it in place for a few seconds to allow it to adhere.
Repeat with another longer length of bark. Continue until the jar is completely covered with bark. Repeat the process to create a second layer of bark, this time selecting slightly shorter lengths, so that the first layer of cladding can still be seen behind it. When placing the pieces, try to offset them, positioning them over the joins of the first layer. Wind a length of striped twine around the vase a few times, tying in a knot to secure. Gather together a bundle of daffodils and secure using a length of striped twine to hold them upright. Add water to the jar and pop in the flowers to pretty-up a table indoors or out.