Did you have a good week? It’s almost over if not! And then you can return to weekending…the real reason people deal with M-F 😉
So for labor day weekend my parents headed up to Vail and I was stuck on plant watering duty so all her flowers didn’t die whilst they were away. This led me to some positive and negative feelings. Let’s start with the negative. Get the bad out of the way. First, it made me relate when a few years ago Tom said, “if the plants can’t stay alive for a couple days without being watered what futile things they are.” I fully intend to have some sort of sprinkler system installed in my future that waters all my flowers automatically because I can’t be bothered doing this everyday. Secondly, I’m pretty sure I’ve been watering weeds. There are these tall grasslike plants growing in this one section of the garden area and I’m pretty sure they are weeds. But how am I supposed to know?! So now not only have I wasted water (in our drought I might add), but I also just stood there looking like an idiot watering weeds.
Ready for the positives? I think flowers reflect what a beautiful world God created. Have you taken time to look at how detailed flowers are and how vibrant and many kinds there are? One of my favorite flowers is the sunflower with the yellow center! I just love them and can’t wait to grow them! I’ll have to figure out the logistics of growing them, but hopefully one day you’ll see them popping over the top of my fence! Furthermore (haven’t used that word since I was writing essays for school), that wedding I told you about from a couple days ago, well they sent out plantable invitations. SO, I’ve been dying to see what grows! I think you were supposed to plant it when you got it, but of course I planted it like 4 days before the wedding. Did you catch that part of the last sentence, I planted it! …So I was actually a little unsure that it would grow because it said bury in 1/8″ of soil and I was sure I put it too far down, not to mention I kind of created its home in a pot where some other flowers were growing and wasn’t sure there was enough room. But alas, I saw lots of little plants growing this weekend where I planted the invitation!! They haven’t budded yet, they’re still babies, but I will definitely post a picture once they do! SUCCESS!! No casualties in our yard this weekend.
CRAFT TIME! Today is a patterned vase, inexpensive as ever.
What You Need:
- Wine Bottle
- Acrylic glass paint in white
- Acrylic paint (doesn’t have to be glass paint)
- Big paint brush
- Little bity paint brush
- Puffy paint in 1 color
- Scrubber with edge on brush for scraping (optional)
1. Soak the wine bottle in hot soapy water in the sink for 10min. Then if you have a scrubber brush with the edge, scrap the label and glue off. If you don’t have a brush with an edge, get the label off by rubbing it with your fingers, and see what you have around the house to gently scrape off the glue from the label. Dry bottle thoroughly.
2. Using the big paint brush, paint the bottle white with the acrylic glass paint. Careful not to go over the same spot too many times or it will sometimes pull the paint off. Let this coat dry and repeat a second white coat. Let paint completely dry.
3. Using the little thin paint brush, dip into the color of paint you want your lines to be. This should be the same color of puffy paint you have. I did black. Paint off random sections all over the bottle. There isn’t any order to this, it should just be random and all over the place, but make sure you don’t leave any sections too big, otherwise the design in that section will overwhelm the others.
4. From here on out the paint you use does not need to be glass paint unless you want to use that, since we already painted a base coat on the glass with the glass paint. Paint each section a solid color. Try and be aware of the surrounding solid colored sections so you don’t end up with several of the same colored areas right next to each other. Let dry completely.
5. Paint each section a different design. They can be totally random or have some sort of sense to the madness. You might have a hard time coming up with designs to fill each section, so I posted pictures below of each side of my bottle so you can get some ideas!
6. After your bottle is completely dry, go over all your section lines with the puffy paint.
7. Add flowers and use as a vase, or display as decoration on it’s own!
Like these flowers? Well come visit me in the future because I will be doing several posts on a bunch of different paper flower how-to’s!