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Category: General Crafts

DIY Upcycled Twine Vase Tutorial

Take an old container and turn it into a beautiful vase, sure to bring joy to any table setting or just everyday around the house.

Things you’ll need:
Jug/Container/Bottle (I went with the milk container I liked the shape of)
Scissors
Twine, jute, yarn, or string of your choosing
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Flowers (faux or real)

Things to do:
1. I decided to use twine as my vase covering. I used different sizes of twine and even braided some of it towards the top so I could really play with texture on my vase.
2. I started at the base of my milk jug and glued the start or the twine. I found that gluing every couple of inches worked best to make sure my rows stayed in place and even.
3. Once I finished my first roll of twine, I switched to a smaller size and continued up until about the beginning of the neck of the bottle. You can use all once size twine, you can mix medias, whatever you would like.
4. Once to the neck, I braided the smaller twine for a different look.
5. I then wanted to make a decorative accent piece, which became a swirl. I simply started to spin the twine, gluing on the back side to help keep the shape.
6. I finished my vase off with some faux flowers from our site, as we do not have any real flowers blooming here in Ohio yet I could use. Simple, easy and makes a great statement piece.

– Daneen Doggett-Wolfe

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Pompom Bumble Bee Garland Tutorial

This adorable garland is the perfect spring or summer birthday party decoration! The bright colors and playful bumble bees add a whimsical touch to your decor.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Black yarn
Yellow yarn
Pompom maker
3″ Black pipe cleaners
White felt
Daisy felt stickers
Googly eyes
Bakers twine
Clothespins
Scissors
Pencil
Paper

Things to do:
1. First, create a pattern for your bee wings. It should be an “8” shape that measures roughly 1 1/2 ” wide and 3 1/2 ” tall.
2. Use a 2 1/2 ” pompom maker to make a black pompom.
3. Make a yellow and black pompom, alternating the colors of yarn used to create stripes.
4. Trim the pompoms into even circles and make the black pompom slightly smaller than the striped pompom.
5. Use hot glue to attach the pompoms together.
6. Add google eyes to the black pompom.
7. Cut 3 inches of pipe cleaner and fold it in half. Bend the tips over to create antennas. Attach the antennas to the bees head using hot glue.
8. Trace your wing pattern onto a piece of white felt and cut out the shape. Use hot glue to secure them to the back of the bee.
9. Cut a long piece of twine for the length of your garland and attach the bee with hot glue.
10. Measure 8″ from the bee and attach a daisy felt sticker with a clothespin.
11. Alternate bees and daisies until the length of garland has been filled.

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