The boyfriend's mom saved several Starbucks bottles for me - she washed them out and then asked if I could make them into something pretty, maybe some vases. I excitedly got to work in the middle of the frantic Chrismukkah crafting and got these ready to give her as part of her gift. While it was awesome for her, I definitely didn't get nearly as many pictures as I would had I not been crafting like a crazy lady amid stacks and stacks of supplies and projects in progress! But, here's what I managed to get for this gorgeous project!
- Mod Podge
- Food Coloring
- Newspaper or wax paper to cover your work area
- Tiny bit of super-glue
- Washi tape
- Ribbon doilies
colored Mod Podged jars - I got regular Mod Podge and mixed it with my neon food coloring.
Then I painted it on the OUTSIDE of the cleaned out bottle vase. The mixture goes on sort of opaque, but becomes more transparent/translucent as it dries. This was the bottle not long after I applied the mixture...
And here's the dried purple vase!
Unfortunately that's the last picture I have of this one, but after the coloring dried, I sprayed the bottle with the clear acrylic stuff that I used to seal the lemonhead wreath. Because all reviews and people online who tried crafts like this indicated that the Mod Podge method was not waterproof, I painted the outside so the bottle could still be used as a vase, but I also sprayed the acrylic stuff on the outside so if water spilled, the dye wouldn't run or rinse off.
Then, I grabbed these ribbon doilies that I got as a Crafty Steal (I think - maybe it was a Crafty Catch purchase?) a month or so before and had been dying to use on something...
And then I grabbed washi tape and twine to make some pretty vases. I basically covered the fattest part of the bottle with washi tape and then picked a coordinating ribbon doily to go over that somewhere and then found twine in both colors to wrap around the bottles a few times and tie in a bow. I put a dot of super-glue under the twine in the back so that it would stay put and not slide up and down the bottle and it seemed to work and help everything stay pretty!
By the way, the boyfriend's mother's favorite colors are pink and purple so I made these with that color scheme in mind...
And ta da!
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