Jute wrapped vase

I love shopping at thrift stores. I am always brainstorming ideas to make my home more beautiful and how to do that on a budget. Another thing I like to do is shop online for home décor and then keep my eyes open while browsing vintage stores for things I might be able to transform to get the same look for cheaper.

Last week I found some great treasures at a thrift store while on vacation.

I found this vase and knew right away I was in love. Glass vases and other glassware are one of the most common items I see, but they are usually the generic, inexpensive version people often get from flower shops when buying bouquets.

glass vase

This vase is original. It’s not a shape you see everyday and its very heavy. It was a high end find and I only paid $3.50 for it!! Add the price of a roll of jute and some hot glue and this project cost less than $10!! Here is a close up to give you an idea of how thick the glass is. They probably could have sold it for 3 x more just by washing it. The little chip you see was actually caused by me :-( as I was loading it into my car. It didn’t matter in the end though, because it ended up being covered with rope.

thick glass vase

I started by wrapping the jute in a circular motion on the bottom of the vase and glued with a hot glue gun as I went.

starting jute wrapped vase

I just eyeballed the center, but measuring would make this project a little easier. In the end it wasn’t a big deal for me.

Wrapping jute

I glued pretty consistently until I got around to the sides of the vase. At that point, you will see above that the jute will gap. I just made sure that was my next glue spot and applied downward pressure. Think THIN TO WIN with the glue. You don’t want it to ooze out through the rope and be visible. As I got higher, I needed less and less glue until I got closer to the top.

Jute wrapped vase half done

To finish it off I just tucked the end into the existing rope so it was no longer visible. And that is it! Finished floral jute wrapped vase

A simple DIY project that costs less than $10…

Finished jute wrapped vase 2

But makes a BIG statement!

finished jute wrapped vase 3

You can never have too many vases or too many bouquets of flowers around the house. I love the life that fresh cut flowers bring into a home.

Linked to: London Unattached, Pursuit of Functional Home and Chic on a Shoestring


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Cost Plus World Market Chalkboard paint knockoff

So the other day, while sorting through my scrap pile looking for wood to build an outdoor rustic shelf, I found a piece of scrap wood that I had used to test a “gray wash” stain. I sampled so many finishes before finally committing to Rustoleum’s Early American for my farmhouse table.

Immediately, I knew this was the piece for a chalkboard beach sign. If you missed my earlier post, check it out here: {{posted on Weekend Knockoff #1}}

I just love this Cost Plus World Market “Beach” Sign made with chalkboard paint.

Cost Plus Chalkboard Direction Sign $12.99
Cost Plus Chalkboard Direction Sign $12.99

This sign is truly inexpensive, but again NOT FREE!!

I made my version with supplies I already had. I promise I didn’t go to the store for anything!! I even dug through every outdoor toy box to find a piece of chalk to write with :-)

I cut this piece of scrap wood at a 45 degree angles to make an arrow shape, taped off the edges with 1 inch painters tape and painted the center with Rustoleum Chalkboard Paint.

Rustic  Beach Sign cost Plus

I touched up the stain minimally and attached the Jute rope to the back with a staple gun.

Here are a few more shots:

GalleryWallFR Beach Sign

It’s amazing how many places you can hide toys while still attempting to be stylish!!

Beach sign 2

A great rustic beach sign that is versatile. You can use it for any message you want, use it for notes on your front door…the possibilities are endless. if you have any chalkboard paint projects, please share them here with links in the comments below.

Hope everyone is having a great week…gearing up for the Holiday?? Any fun plans? One more day of work and I am off for 11 days!! Whoo Hoo!!

Linked to: House on the Way


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