Saturday, May 18, 2013

Blue-Tinted & Netted Vase



Lately, I've really wanted to improve my living room's decor. It has been a slow progress, mainly because I loose focus and move on to a new craft/project that has nothing to do with the living room! But that room is always in the back of my mind.

A couple month's ago friends of Chris and I got married. At the end of the reception we sort of helped them clean up. While in the process, I snagged a large vase that they used to decorate and they didn't want to keep! Such good friends. : )

I knew I wanted the vase to go in our living room but didn't know what to do with it. I know I have pinned a lot of vase-type projects on Pinterest and looking at my Pinterest really inspired me to create a blue-tinted and netted vase! Here is what I did:



What you need:
Blue Tinted Part

  • Mod Podge
  • Blue Food Dye
  • Oven
Netted Part

  • Jute
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun



This was a bit of a long project, so bear with me. ; )

First I knew I wanted to tint the vase blue. Our living room has blue accents, so I thought a blue-tinted vase would look great in there.

Following Six Sisters' Stuff's tutorial, I attempted to stain the vase. 

I preheated my oven to 200 degrees F, then made my mod modge mix. Six Sister's Stuff stained mason jars by mixing 2 tablespoons of water and 4 tablespoons of mod podge together. Then they added 5 drops of blue food dye.

My vase was much larger than a mason jar so I thought I needed way more stain. So I tripled the recipe. I think I lost count with adding my mod podge, so I may have added a bit more. I also started with only adding 10 drops of food dye, but added more drops to the mix later.

Next I added my blue mix to my vase, swirled it around to cover the whole vase, and poured out the excess. 


I let it drip on the paper towels for a minute or two to really make sure the excess was out. You want to try to create a thin, even layer.

Then I placed my vase in the oven.


I let my vase "cook" for 20-40 mins, until it was clear.


After two coats, my vase did come out with a blue tint, but it wasn't perfect. I think this had a lot to do with the fact that my vase was too tall to stand upright in the oven and so had be on its side.

It turns out I made way too much mix, so I also stained some mason jars and they came out beautiful! {You may see them in the future. : )}

I wasn't too freaked out with my uneven tinting because I knew I wanted to put jute netting around the vase. Which I figured would hide the vase's imperfections.

For creating the netting, I followed Fostering a Creative Life's tutorial. First, I tied a piece of jute around the neck of my vase. Then I cut nine strings that were triple the length of my vase and wrapped them around the string at the neck of my vase. I spaced each string evenly around my vase.


To create the netting, I took the left strand from one tie and the right strand from the tie next to it and made a single fisherman's knot. Here is how I learned to make a fisherman's knot.


I made my fisherman's knots row by row. This part took a while, but I was loving how it was turning out!

At the bottom of the vase Fostering a Creative Life's tutorial had you tie the strings together at the base of the vase. I didn't like this look. Instead I cut my strings at the last fisherman's knot and simply hot glued the last knot to the bottom of my vase.


And I was finally done!


Even though it took awhile, I love how my vase turned out! The netting really did help hide the imperfect tinting.  


Have a great weekend, everyone!
stephanie

42 comments:

  1. Awesome! I love the look of this vase! Great job! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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  2. very nice project!!!Well done!
    http://freestilcreatingbyvilly.blogspot.gr/

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  3. I love this!! Pinning AND wanting to actually try this, too! (Not just the usual Pinterest wish list, know what I mean?)

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    1. Thank you! I know exactly what you mean!! : )

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  4. Great idea! I'd love if you'd like up to The DIY'ers: http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-diyers-and-some-favorites.html

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    1. Thanks, I'm glad you like it. And thank you for the invite, I head on over!

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  5. Very nice! I love how it turned out!

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  6. Stephanie - this turned out beautiful! If you want to get rid of it I have a special place in my home for it. Thank you for sharing at Fluster's Creative Muster Party!

    Robin
    Fluster Buster

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    1. Aw I'm glad you like it! I actually have a spot for it right now but if I ever don't need it any more, I'll let you know!! : )

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  7. This is AMAZING!! Such a great idea to use the mod podge to tint it and the netting is awesome. I love this whole thing.

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    1. Thanks so much!!! I'm glad you like it. : )

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  8. Love it! I was just thinking about doing this and now I have your great tutorial to follow. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm so glad you like it! Good luck making this (or something similar), I'd love to see it when it is done!

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  9. that turned out SO pretty! I love what you did with the twine... so unique :o) Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays and for the link back :o) Can't wait to see what you bring next week. Emily @ Nap-Time Creations

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    1. Thank you! I love it! And thanks for hosting the link party. : )

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  10. Beautiful! I actually love the irregular tinting, it looks like an antique fishing float.

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    1. Thanks! I didn't think about it like that!

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  11. I just wanted to let you know that I featured your wonderful project on homework. Thanks so much for sharing it on The Inspiration Board.

    carolyn
    homework &
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    1. Wow! Thanks so much!! And thank you for hosting the link party!

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  12. I love your blog :) follow me and I'll follow you

    kiss


    http://lemonchicbeautyfashion.blogspot.it/

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    1. Thank you!! I'll head on over to your blog. : )

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  13. Beautiful!
    Thanks so much for linking up week for week, I look forward to seeing what you share with us this week on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party.
    x
    Natalie
    Marigolds' Loft

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    1. Thank you!! And thank you for hosting the link party!

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  14. Gorgeous Stephanie. Thanks for sharing at last week's BFF Open House. I'm featuring this when tonight's party opens up :)

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    1. Wow! Thank you!! And thank you for hosting the link party!

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  15. Hi Stephanie! I love your project. I think it turned out lovely. I am giving the project a shout out. I want to learn how to make the fisherman's knots I have a vase like this & can't wait to work some magic on it! Have a great weekend & hope to see you again soon! Theresa @ DearCreatives.com

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    1. Thank you so much! Good luck on making yours! If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. And I'd love to see your vase whenever you complete it!

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  16. What a great idea - loving the fisherman knots!
    ~Katie

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  17. I'm dying to try tinting mason jars or whatever that is glass LOL, It really turned out lovely and unique! and the detail with the jute was awesome, I love jute you can see it in my wine bottles and in some other crafts that are coming!!! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing this at Bewitch Me & Titi! Hope to have you back tomorrow with more awesome shares!

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend!!!

    Hugs
    Cami @ TitiCrafty by Camila

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    1. I'm so glad you like it! I love how it turned out too! Thanks for hosting the link party. : )

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  18. Great double tutorial! I cheated with the hot glue like you did last year when I was attempting to do a similar twine treatment on some glass balls I had tinted. It was much simpler (and who is going to know the difference). Thanks for sharing your tips with us.

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    1. I'm glad you like it! The glue was so much easier and achieved the look I wanted. I'd love to see what you made! Could you share the link?

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