Tuesday, March 13, 2012

IC#5- Rope Vase Tutorial

Our Iron Craft Challenge this time was to create something with supplies from the dollar store.  At first, I was totally stumped.  Partly because there are no dollar stores near where I live so I was trying to work from the Target dollar section.  I was really feeling uninspired.  Luckily, my trip to Kansas allowed me to shop at a real, live dollar store.  I came home with a bag full of goodies and multiple project ideas.  Here is my first one, a "rope" wrapped vase.

For supplies, I bought a vase and two plastic clotheslines from the dollar store.  Besides that, all you need are scissors and a hot glue gun. 

Decide how you want to do your colors and then just start wrapping.  It's slow but easy work.  Just apply a little hot glue to your vase and then press down the clothesline.  Add a bit more glue, then a bit more clothesline.

To change colors, just cut your clothesline and glue the end down.  Then start your next color right up against the old color.  You can do this however many times you want in any pattern.  I chose to add a few blue stripes near the top.

Continue working until you reach the top.  Then just trim your clothesline and glue the end down.  I went all the way to the top of the rim and then glued my end piece along the inner lip.

That's it!  You would never guess this was made with a dollar store clothesline.  I still have over half of each color left so I'm planning on making a few more of these once I buy a few more vases.

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  1. Great project...especially for dollar finds!

  2. I love it when I can find stuff for projects at the dollar store! This is very cute.

  3. Cute! A town with no dollar store? That's weird to me!

  4. Awesome idea and so simple! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I like that idea! I will have to try that! We even have a dollar store where everything really is a dollar since we have no sales tax! :)

  6. What a simple, inexpensive and great idea! And the clothesline is giving me multiple ideas. Like making a wire basket or knitting placemats and pot holders. Will have to check out the local dollar store. Dropped by from the Etsy blog team!

  7. it looks good. I would think the start and finish would be hard, but yours looks so neat! congrats! {:-D


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