Sep 252009
 

Stencilled Flower Vase From Recycled Materials

While my current workspace is full of books, tools, fabric, etc. and other fun things, I always like having flowers or plants nearby. So a couple days ago I thought I’d revisit an inexpensive DIY project from when I was a graduate student living in (expensive) London a couple years ago.

To give my standard graduate dorm room a bit of character, I whipped up this flower vase with stencilled cozy made from a water bottle rescued from the recycling bin. After a trip to the Columbia Road Flower Market, my workspace definitely looked more inviting.

Here’s the instructions.

Workspace Decor: Stencilled Flower Vase From Recycled Materials

Stencilled Flower Vase From Recycled Materials

Materials
- empty water bottle (any size will do)
- scrap fabric
- sponge brush/paintbrush
- paint
- scissors
- thread + needle
- permanent marker
- clear adhesive paper
- Exacto knife (optional)

Stencilled Flower Vase From Recycled Materials

1. Take an empty water bottle. Determine how high you want your vase to be. Use a permanent market to draw a line around the top of the bottle.

Stencilled Flower Vase From Recycled Materials

2. Cut off the top of the bottle along the line you just drew. Use scissors or an Exacto knife. Trim if necessary.

Stencilled Flower Vase From Recycled Materials

3. Cut a piece of scrap fabric that will fit around your bottle. Trim its width if necessary, keeping in mind the size of your stencil.

Stencilled Flower Vase From Recycled Materials

4. Create a stencil for the cozy/cover: draw an image using a permanent marker on clear adhesive paper. Cut out the negative (make sure you save any parts cut on the inside). Here I drew some buildings and cut out the little window parts as well.

Stencilled Flower Vase From Recycled Materials

5. Adhere your stencil to the fabric.

Stencilled Flower Vase From Recycled Materials

6. Using a spongebrush, dab at your stencil with your paint of choice. Make sure you get all the nooks and crannies of the stencil.

Stencilled Flower Vase From Recycled Materials

7.  Wait for the stencil to dry (use a hair dryer to speed things up). Pull off the adhesive to reveal your image. Do any touch-ups using a paintbrush.

Stencilled Flower Vase From Recycled Materials

8. Fold over 3/4″ at top of your fabric and iron it down. Repeat for the bottom of your fabric.

Stencilled Flower Vase From Recycled Materials

9. Sew the ends of your fabric together. Add stitching embellishments (I stitched in clouds using blue thread and added a dashed sewing line at the top of the cover/cozy using black thread).

Stencilled Flower Vase From Recycled Materials

10. Pull cover/cozy over the water bottle.

Stencilled Flower Vase From Recycled Materials

11. Pop your flowers in and it’s ready to go! The vase currently sits on top of my desk.

Also, below is another source of inspiration.  Orca Design presents the Façade Vase, which encourages you to recycle a water bottle into a vase, using their thick wool cozy.

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  5 Responses to “DIY Project: Stencilled Flower Vase From Recycled Materials”

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  2. I just love the cityscape – it’s too adorable! Thank you for sharing!

  3. That is darling!

  4. [...] a Stenciled Flower Vase from Recycled Materials.  It is easy and all you need is an empty water bottle, scrap fabric, a brush, paint, scissors, [...]

  5. Cool project! I really like the stenciling idea. It doesn’t even look like a plastic bottle on your workspace.

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