DIY Seagrass Vase
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Hope you all had a great weekend! We are making great progress on the house and I was able to tackle several blog posts while staying at my parents’ house for a few days. It was nice to be able to focus on writing for once. I am almost caught up on the projects that I have been meaning to share on here.
One of these projects was this cute vase from Ballard Designs. It was from last month’s Look for Less Challenge and I did it along with the Dollar Tree Faux Cement Bowl. I have had this idea for a long time and I was finally able to execute it.
Here is what I used to recreate this look for less…
- Thrifted Glass Vase
- Candle Holder
- Grass Hula Skirt
Yep! I got this hula skirt at Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon . The reason I chose the grass skirt instead of buying raffia in a bag is because 1. it’s cheaper and 2. the raffia is not tangled and bunched up all over the place.
The vase and candleholder cost me less than $1.50 for both at Goodwill. This complete DIY cost me about $4.50.
I cleaned them off with rubbing alcohol and glued them together with E6000.
Then I painted the candle holder portion with a light brown acrylic paint in order to mask the gray. Only one coat is necessary.
Next, get your grass skirt and start braiding. I use 6 bundles/strands divided into 3 sections to create one braid.
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You will need to make quite a few braids.
Once you have your braids done, cut them off one at a time as you use them (or they will unravel). Fold over the end for a nice seamless look and begin to hot-glue them from the bottom working your way up.
Keep the braids really tight to each other making sure nothing from beneath shows.
When one strand ends glue it down and start with the next one. Simply fold over the end of the new braid and place right on top of the end of the previous one. It may be slightly raised but most of the seems aren’t that noticeable.
Once you get to the glass, you will need to use more than just hot glue.
You will need to also use E6000.
What I did was take some E6000 and applied it to the glass where the braid was supposed to go. But before I placed it down, I used a bit of hot glue on the edge of the braid so that it would attach to the previous braid. That would dry instantly and hold the braid in place while the part that attached to the glass dried.
This will make the braids permanent.
Once you reach the top make sure to cover the glass lip and fold over the end of the last braid inside the glass vase. And that’s it! Insert some greenery and enjoy!
What I love about this is that since it’s glass inside, you can use fresh stems in this vase.
You can keep it natural like I did or use tea to dye the braids to make them darker.
Hope you enjoyed another DIY! Please share with your friends and I will see you in the next one.
Until then… adios!