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Monday, March 15, 2010

{twine vase}

Spring is coming, and that means my favorite flowers are too! I love love love having fresh flowers in my house, and I try to have them as often as I can throughout the spring and summer. I just can't wait for the farmers' market to open...

Tulips are in season now, and my cute husband brought some home for me last week. As I went to pull out a vase, I realized I had some that I didn't love, and I knew just what to do to change that. Add a little twine, and you've got yourself a whole new look!

  • twine (jute)
  • vase
  • scrapbook paper
  • cardstock
  • distress ink
  • double stick tape
  • clothespin

1. First of all, I apologize I don't have any pictures of the actual process. My camera battery died right when I was starting, and since I knew I wouldn't have another chance to do it, I went ahead with it. I didn't want to use hot glue, but you certainly could if you wanted to. I would suggest you use a vase that is either the same size from top to bottom (like the square one I did), or one that goes from small to large. I tried one that started big, was smaller in the middle, and then was bigger at the bottom, and it was a disaster--the twine wouldn't stay tightened.

2. I started at the bottom of the vase, and turned it upside down so it was now at the top. I wrapped the one length of the twine around the very top (the base), then tied it tightly on using a square knot (right over left, left over right).

3. After the knot is secure, start wrapping the twine tightly around the vase, continuing to push the twine close together as you go.

4. When you get to the top of the vase, tie another knot to secure it in place, then trim the end and tuck it under.

5. Print your desired letter/word, then distress the edges and mat on your scrapbook paper.

6. Clip it to the vase using the clothespin.

Ta-da! Fill your twine vase with lovely flowers, and enjoy! The clothespin makes it easy to switch out words/flower names/initials. How fun would this be as a wedding gift--with their monogram on the front? Or with the words "congratulations", "baby", "get well soon", or "thinking of you"?



Blogger Nancy said...

Very cute!!! I like that you did it without using hot glue.


March 15, 2010 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger the thrifty ba said...

adorable! im all about spring!

March 15, 2010 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger Paige said...

Cute, cute!

March 15, 2010 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger all thingz related said...

Love it! Looks great! I love twine!
Rebekah {All Thingz Related}

March 15, 2010 at 10:41 PM  
Blogger Char @ Crap I've Made said...

Super cute! I, too, love tulips.

March 15, 2010 at 11:42 PM  
Blogger Summer Rae said...

Adorable! Tulips are one of my favs!

March 16, 2010 at 12:49 AM  
Blogger michelle@somedaycrafts said...

I wrapped up in all your wrapping posts. Love it! I'm featuring this at

March 16, 2010 at 2:34 AM  
Blogger Morgan said...

That is adorable! What font is that, that you used?

March 16, 2010 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...

Morgan--it's called "wish I were taller". You can download it for free here:

I love it too!

March 16, 2010 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger TOTEally Posh! said...

LOVE it!

March 16, 2010 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Lanie Ree said...

SO pretty! I just love this.

March 16, 2010 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger Meet Virginia said...

This is too cute, I love the twine! Thanks for the great tutorial!


March 16, 2010 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger all thingz related said...

~Bridgette {allthingzrelated}

March 16, 2010 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger Love Stitched said...




March 16, 2010 at 5:42 PM  
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March 16, 2010 at 8:17 PM  
Blogger ikeandella said...

So cute. I've got fresh flowers on my desk right now. The perfect pick me up. I love the vase idea - I had to do your twine pencil holders - so now naturally I need a twine vase!


March 17, 2010 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Lovely Lacey said...

This is such a cute idea.

March 17, 2010 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Dawn Lea said...

I love this idea. I went to buy a vase and make one for my sister-in-law who will be due any day now. Since Robert's Crafts is closing here in Cedar City, the vase is non-returnable and is this ugly green color (it's being covered!) and I went to get twine at Wal-mart and it's like $9 for a smaller roll. Where can I get twine cheaper to afford my newlywed budget?

March 18, 2010 at 5:22 PM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...

Dawn Lea--

I got a substantial roll of jute (same thing as twine) at JoAnn Fabrics, and it was only $1.99. Michael's also carries it in most of their stores, and it should be similar in price.

good luck!!

March 18, 2010 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger Hello_marzipan said...

Hey, its Becca from I saw your Idea at Someday Crafts (we were featured together in the post) and wanted to use it!! I did my own little version and linked back to you :)

March 19, 2010 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger The Girl Creative said...

Another great project by you, Kierste. Love it!!! :)

March 19, 2010 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger ificould said...

So cute! I love this idea. I featured this tutorial on my blog
I'm new to your blog and I love your style and ideas! Thanks!

March 25, 2010 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

Love it.. I've been wanting to make one of these. Have all the supplies just have yet to start the project. LOL

April 4, 2010 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger Caitlin said...

I MADE ONE TOO! This has got to be one of my top 10 favorites posts ever! my vase was tall and round and looks super cute! Cant wait to find a cute square one like this!!!

April 23, 2010 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

These are sooooo cute!! I'm having a twine themed party at my blog ( and I'd love for you to link these up!

April 30, 2010 at 8:31 PM  

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