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Silver Flower Holder Craft

Sometime in February, Mom bought the cattails pictured above to go with a silk flower arrangement but noticed that it didn't go well with the flower arrangement at all. Since Mom couldn't use them and we were redecorating the bedroom, I figured that we could find a place for them. But I didn't have a small enough vase for them so I decided to make my own!

Here is what I used:

  • Small cylinder container (I used one that one of my beauty creams came in.)
  • Left over silver tinsel (If you don't have any silver tinsel left over from Christmas, you can use craft foil cut into strips.)
  • Tacky Glue
Price: If you have all of things at your house, they are FREE! But if you have to buy some supplies, it will probably be about $20.

What to do:

  1. Of course, gather all of your supplies at a table. You will need stability when placing the strips onto the cylinder.
  2. Glue the tinsel or strips AROUND the container. I initially started gluing each tinsel one by one, but it was so tedious. So I put the glue on the actual container and then placed the tinsel on before the glue dried. If you decide to do that, make sure you don't put glue on the whole thing or you'll be racing against time. Put enough on for only 3-4 strips at a time. NOTE: If the strip can wrap around the container almost twice, cut some off to where the ends overlap a little.
  3. Once you have put on all the tinsel/strips, be sure to look at it and cover any spots you've missed.
  4. Let it dry over night.
  5. Once all of the glue to dry, spray an non-abrasive cleaner (I use the eco-friendly brand what-EVER.) on the actual strips and wipe away any glue globs and strings. If you want, you can also spray a mild adhesive after cleaning to keep the ends from coming coming up.
Total time (includes drying): It can take where from 10-15 hours. It all depends on the method you use to gluing the tinsel/strips to the container and how long you let it dry.

Ages: It's great for middle school-aged children and up, since it can be very messy!

This was one of those crafts where I could watch TV and do it at the same time, and before I knew it, I was done! Of course, you don't have to use silver color. It just matches the rest of the decor perfectly so I can't complain! You can make your container to hold pens, utensils, flowers, or anything else that'll fit into it!

6 comments:

  1. Very creative idea. They are lovely and the vase is too!

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  2. What an economical way to make a pretty vase! Thanks for all the tips on the process of gluing the tinsel onto the cylinder, I would definitely be one of those that jumps the gun and adds too much glue too quickly! I also appreciate you suggesting the non-abrasive cleaner because I was wondering what could be done if glue got on the tinsel (since that's something that I probably would also be guilty of). This project has me now wondering if I can decorate using other kinds of wrapping paper or other textiles. Pretty cool! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. So creative! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. This is so pretty and looks easy to do! I'm not supercrafty, but I think I could manage. I like how it would go with so many different arrangements.

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  5. wow this is a neat and different idea:) ty 4 posting it:)

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