This is truly an upcycle/recycle craft - one, where most of the materials are household items. A small cardboard box, wood skewers and jute twine.
Lets begin by cutting off the flaps and peeling off the top paper layer of a small cardboard box to uncover corrugated paper with open ended grooves or ridges.
It might be a bit time consuming to remove all of the paper especially the little slivers. I used tweezers to help with the removal and then went over every groove with fine sandpaper. Doing that did the trick, leaving the corrugated box relatively smooth.
Next, I took wooden skewers and gently inserted one into every other groove - pushing down to the bottom of the box, around the entire box. All the sticks should basically be the same height after inserting into the corrugated grooves.
To make the inside of the box look neater and stronger I glued a piece of cardboard on the bottom.
The next step is where I got decorative and started twirling and curling the twine on top of the corrugated grooves, gluing in place.Once I went around the entire box, adding and gluing on twine designs, I started weaving the twine over and under the wooden sticks, first covering the top edge of the corrugated paper.
I continued weaving the twine over and under around the box to complete five rows. After that, I separated the weaving into five or more rows until nearing the top. Then, I wrapped the twine around each wood skewer, all the way around until reaching the skewer where I started and ended, gluing the twine down inside and cutting off the excess.
Next, I coated the entire vase with mod podge and let it dry for a few hours.
After the twine and corrugated cardboard dried, I cut off the ends and the skewer sticks and filed down any sharp places.
And finally, I coated the inside and outside with a clear paint-on craft varnish.
If you want to display real flowers in this vase, there's enough room to insert a glass container.
For now, I'll stick with a faux fall arrangement.
Looks so earthy and rustic!
What a fun upcycle/recycle project! I was inspired to make this from a vase I saw at Walmart and one online that I tried to find again but couldn't.
Take a little time to enjoy