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Fabric Covered Specimen Vase


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Fabric Covered Specimen or Bud Vase - closeup of finished vase with yellow daisy like flowerThis is an easy and pretty way to make a unique vase using scraps of colourful fabric and a glass bottle. This one was a soft drink bottle, but a beer bottle, sauce bottle, or similar style will do just fine.

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It is perfect for displaying one or two blooms (or your Valentine's rose if you are lucky enough to receive one!)

Supplies:

Fabric Covered Specimen or Bud Vase - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. Pour a little white glue into the dish.
  2. Fabric Covered Specimen or Bud Vase - pouring white glue into a bowl
     
  3. Mix in approximately the same quantity of water.
  4. Fabric Covered Specimen or Bud Vase - mix in an equal amount of water
     
  5. Cut the fabric scraps into small pieces of varying shapes and sizes.
  6. Fabric Covered Specimen or Bud Vase - fabric scraps
     
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  7. Immerse a few fabric pieces in the glue mixture.
  8. Fabric Covered Specimen or Bud Vase - scraps immersed in glue and water mixture
     
  9. Apply the glue soaked fabric to the bottle and use the brush to smooth it out.
  10. Fabric Covered Specimen or Bud Vase - apply fabric to the bottle and smooth with the brush
     
  11. Continue to haphazardly apply more pieces making sure they completely overlap.
  12. Fabric Covered Specimen or Bud Vase - continue to apply the fabric  haphazardly and overlapping
     
  13. Alternatively you can apply glue to the bottle first...
  14. Fabric Covered Specimen or Bud Vase - alternative method, apply glue to bottle
     
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  15. ... then apply dry fabric.
  16. Fabric Covered Specimen or Bud Vase - apply dry fabric to glue on bottle
     
  17. Then paint more glue onto the fabric with the paintbrush. You choose which method you find easiest.
  18. Fabric Covered Specimen or Bud Vase - then paint more glue onto the fabric and bottle
     
  19. When the bottle is completely covered, apply another coat of glue to smooth out any lumps and to make sure there are no dry spots.
  20. Fabric Covered Specimen or Bud Vase - when bottle is completely covered, apply more glue smoothing out the fabric
     
  21. It will probably take about a day to dry. The glue will gravitate to the bottom so leave it on a protective surface while it is drying.
  22. Fabric Covered Specimen or Bud Vase - dry on a protected surface
     
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  23. When it has dried, check for any parts where the bottle label shows through and apply a further piece of glue soaked fabric to cover it up.
  24. Fabric Covered Specimen or Bud Vase - when completely dry check for places where label or lettering shows through apply more fabric
     
  25. Tie something pretty around the neck and add one or two flowers or a sprig.
  26. Fabric Covered Specimen or Bud Vase - greenery and a yellow flower in bottle with a blue ribbon tied to neck
     

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Anonymous
February 17, 20200 found this helpful

What kind of glue? Will Elmers work or only the PVA seen in picture?
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February 21, 20200 found this helpful

White PVA glues are usually all the same, just different brands and different strengths. I am in the UK so am not familiar with Elmers. Ive heard of Mod Podge and think this is just the same too. Wood glue is a thicker version of PVA

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Use any and apply common sense as to how much water to add. You don't want it too runny or it will be harder to work with. Experiment and have fun!

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