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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A simple DIY project that costs less than $10…
But makes a BIG statement!
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.