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Upcycled Vase from Pepper Grinder

Last time I had a hard time unscrewing the glass grinder so I tossed it out. This time, I was determined to open it because I knew this will make a nice up-cycled vase project and it was really easy to twist off.

You can use this vase for fake flowers, real flowers, and even as decoration for parties (if you have collected more glass grinders, or can apply the same concept to mason jars which is also fairly inexpensive).

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1 vase



  1. The item I am up-cycling is this empty Trader Joe's glass black peppercorn with grinder. I twisted off the grinder portion and tossed it out. Then, I peeled off the sticker. The residue of the sticker helps your next step, so you do not need to clean the residue.
  2. Find a ribbon you'd like to wrap around the glass. I used a semi-sheer thick gold glittery wired edge ribbon. Measure around the cylinder and cut. *The residue helped the ribbon stick, but if you used a different color ribbon that will show the residue then that spot will need to be cleaned. Secure the ribbon with hot glue.
  3. To complete the look of the now vase - I made a ribbon bow. I cut 8" inch of this chevron glittery fabric wire ribbon.
  4. Fold the ribbon 3/4 over from the left and then fold the right over on top.
  5. Pinch the middle to form a bow.
  6. Secure the bow in place with a thin ribbon or string (any color since this ribbon will be covered). Once secured, cut off the remainder ribbon.
  7. Cut a little piece of the same ribbon used to form the bow to create the center of the bow. Wrap around the center of the bow and secure down with hot glue.
  8. Secure the bow with hot glue in your desired spot. I wanted to hide the rim (where the grinder was) so that is where I secured my bow down. But you can secure in the center if you'd like if you like the texture of the rim.
  9. Ready to display with your flowers. I actually used fake roses I had on hand to see what they'll look like and it looks nice. But I will be using this vase on our kitchen table and cut flowers from our backyard. I think that'll be a nice touch!

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Crafts Recycled Crafts ContainersFebruary 26, 2018
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