Thursday, October 6, 2011

Waste out of best - best out of waste

Well, if you have been reading this blog for a month now, you probably know that I am a newbie crafter! I mean knowing how something is done and actually doing something are two different things.
I have had this vase for quite some time now. I liked the shape so I didn't want to throw it away. I used it as vase, as a change keeper, as an empty show piece and what not.


I think the time had arrived for me to give it a fresh new look. So, got to work with my dear old friend Ms. Red Sharpie. I freehanded some paisleys, leaves, flowers and vines. Now this vase still looked pretty boring so I thought of adding some color. Since I had already scribbled on the outside, it was too late to paint the background. So, my genius mind gave me an idea! I poured some (read: a lot) yellow color in the vase and let it rest in an inverted position so the excess paint could drip off.


 I was very excited and started thinking about all the bright shades of tangerine, turquoise and green that I could use to fill in the details.

All my excitement went down the drain when I realized after half an hour that Ms. Sharpie could not show off her quality to be a permanent marker. The design started rubbing off! So not good. Not only was Ms. Sharpie at fault... even the paint was. It was not drying and was just sliding off. Out of sheer frustration, I washed the vase with soap and water.... got rid of all the design and paint. There it was - a waste out of best moment!

Well, I did not give up. Like I said, I liked the vase so I was not going to throw it away.

Armed with some hot glue and jute, I decided to give it a fresh new look all over again. I hot glued one end of jute on the bottom of the vase and started winding around the vase. I also had a couple bottles of snapple on hand. So, I covered those with jute also while I was at it.

What do you think about my best out of waste?

The gaps on the bottle on the left is glue. Because of the curve, it was a little tricky to wrap the bottle without glue. I clicked this pic before the glue dried.

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21 comments:

  1. wow... This is a brilliant makeover... Looks almost like a demijohn to me..I am gonna try this... out..

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  2. Thanks Emreen! It is really fun and addicting. I am always on a look out to wrap things now. Jute adds so much texture!

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  3. Wow - nice look. I like that you only covered the pot partly...gives it a nice look. You can plant a money plant in it and it will look awesome!

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  4. Thanks Divs! The money plant idea is nice. I will definitely try it.

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  5. wonderful idea thanks for sharing
    anandhirajan
    www.anandhirajansartsncrafts.blogspot.com

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  6. I did this with my art studnets.We would paint wine bottles and weave reed around them,they loved it! You are doing great! i like the new look. Thanks for sharing,JoAnn

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  7. @ Jo's: That is such an awesome idea! I really want to paint some jars, but I am not sure which type of paint to use.

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  8. New follower here loved it, put it on my pinboard

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  9. I love it! I'm very impressed that you delved right into a plan B - I tend to get grouchy and leave the project undone for another month or two. And though I loved the paint/marker idea, I think the jute is even better. Thanks for linking this to 320 Sycamore's blog so I could find it!

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  10. @Tam: Thank you very much for following my blog!

    @Beth: Thank you! I agree with you on the jute.

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  11. i love this one too! i'd love for you to link it up as well!
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

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  12. I love that you didn't give up! I think the jute was a perfect solution :)

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  13. I think I like the jute-wrapped avtar even better! Nice idea and very well executed....

    :)

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  14. @ Melissa: Thank you... I think so too!

    @ GB: Thank you!

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  15. Love the Jute! I'm a new follower - found you via The Shabby Nest!

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  16. oh wow!! thats lovely!! That you for linking up to Colours Dekor.. :-)

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  17. My oh my! That's quite a transformation! Good job!

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