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DIY Tin Can Vases

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I hope you’re loving our DIY festival as much as I am! Tomorrow is our last day posting all the DIY projects for our fun little DIY Contest. I truly wasn’t expecting we were going to end up publishing over 20 entries, so thank you everyone who entered. It will be tough for you, that will have to choose the winners on Friday!

Our last project for today was sent by Cori, from Cori Cook Floral Design. Using empty tin cans and patterned gift wrap, she made a gorgeous group of small centerpieces. They were born for bridal showers, don’t you think?

DIY Tin Can Vases centerpieces

What you’ll need:
– Ruler
– Pencil
– Scissors
– Scrapbook Paper or gift wrap with interesting designs
– Decorative ribbon
– Spray Adhesive
– Containers to cover like an empty can, old unused vases and soda cans
– Floral foam
– Flowers

DIY Tin Can Vases centerpieces

Instructions:
Step 1: Choose the container you would like to cover and measure a strip of the scrapbook paper to fit around the container.

Step 2: Cut the scrapbook paper into a strip that fits around the container.

Step 3: Spray a thin layer of the spray adhesive onto your scrapbook paper strip on the side you want adhered to your container.

Step 4: Wait one minute for the spray adhesive to get really sticky.

Step 5: Then, carefully adhere the scrapbook paper strip to the container.

Step 6: To add more interest to your covered container, spray measured pieces of ribbon with the spray adhesive and adhere to the container.

Step 7: Then, fill your container about halfway full with water. Cut flower stems at an angle to ensure they get the most water pumping through their stems. For a more hand-picked feel, simply cut the stems and place in the container. For more of a controlled, full look, you can use floral foam. Simply cut the floral foam into a piece that fits snuggly into your container and insert stems into foam.

Step 8: This method of covering different containers can work for a variety of containers and creates a fun, custom look for each vase covered. Great for bridal showers, centerpieces, place cards, and votives. For larger containers, you can use a fabric covering using the same methods of adhering the fabric. Be bold and be creative!

*All photos by Flourish Studio Photography

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DIY Vintage Bottle Centerpiece

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Next up is Ashley’s DIY suspending glass centerpiece. Using small vintage bottles and manzanita branches, she created a gorgeous centerpiece that could be used to decorate escort card or guest book tables.

The first place winner will receive $500 and second place a $100 gift certificate to Wendy Mink Jewelry, so this is huge. Voting won’t start till all selected entries are published, so sit tight!

DIY suspending vintage bottle centerpiece chandelier

Materials Needed:

– A variety of vintage glass bottles in all sizes, such as old medicine & perfume bottles, and lonely salt-shakers that have lost their companion along the way. All of these can be found at any vintage or thrift shop.
– One spool of 24 gage wire in gold or silver available at hardware store
– Wire cutters available at hardware store
– Coral or Manzanita Branches found at craft supply stores
– One Tall Vase (that you already own or purchase at a craft store)
– An Assortment of Flowers found at any nursery or florist, or in your own backyard.

Prep work:
Wash and clean off old glass bottles. Prepare flowers for arrangement (I cut my flowers down for a Bradford Pear Tree in my yard and then trimmed the stem according to the bottle size)

DIY suspending vintage bottle centerpiece chandelier

Instructions:
Step 1: Take wire and measure across the neck of the bottle, add a little slack, cut the wire
Step 2: Wrap the wire around the bottle just below the rim, and loosely fasten it.
Step 3: Cut a short length (approx. 4 to 5 inches), this is for the handle.
Step 4: To create handle, attach one end to each side of the wire encircling the bottle, then twist each end to secure it.
Step 5: Now pull the loosely fastened end of the encircling wire, and secure the ends by twisting them together. Repeat for desired amount of bottles. (I did 4)
Step 6: Fill bottles with desired flowers
Step 7: Last drape hanging bottles throughout the branches

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DIY Vintage Lace Headband

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We’re approaching the end of our DIY project entries and I’m already feeling a bit sentimental. It’s been a lot of fun sharing do-it-yourself ideas from such creative people! Today we’ll be posting a few more submissions and brace yourself, because what we’re posting today is pure goodness.

We’re going to start the day with a project sent by Jessica, who made an adorable headband using an appliqué from a vintage dress. Here she used a matching ribbon to tie the headband, but you could also try sewing an elastic band at the bottom instead. Either way, the idea is just fabulous!

DIY vintage lace headband

What you’ll need:
– 1940’s dress appliqué purchased at a local antique shop. (Cat’s Cradle Antiques)
– one yard of gold ribbon (http://www.joann.com/joann/home/home.jsp?topnavlink=true)
– white thread

DIY vintage applique headband

Instructions:
I positioned the appliqué on the ribbon placing it more on the side of the head. I pinned the ribbon and then sewed it onto the appliqué. Secure both ends by sewing (either by hand or using a sewing machine). I cut the ends of the ribbon so they were even with the way the appliqué would lay on the head.

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