Monday, August 29, 2016

Logo Inspired Recycle Newspaper Vase - A Hometalk Challenge

I love Hometalk! As a craft blogger, it's my favorite DIY home and garden community site on the internet!  I enjoy the interactions and the responses I receive from my postings, and as one staffer stated, "it's a certain friendliness, willing to help .  .  . and of course, a cozy-homey-ness!"  You just can't get any better than this! So I guess you can imagine how excited I was when the email came  from Hometalk asking us to help with decorating their offices with our diy creations.

We were asked, if possible, to incorporate some element of Hometalk like the color teal, the word, Hometalk, or the logo into our decorative item.  I was inspired by the logo and color.  The five sided design reminded me of a popular weave pattern for a handcrafted newspaper vase, and I kept thinking about using different shades of teal - the gradual blending of different colors into another - that would be perfect for the many tubes involved in making this kind of vase.  A light bulb had gone off, and I knew I had an item I wanted to make.

Materials needed:
Newspaper/skewer stick
White tacky glue
Hometalk logo
Acrylic paints - ombre colors
Brushes and or sponges

To Make the Newspaper Tubes:
1. Fold and cut newspaper section into four parts.
2. Open the paper section and place a thin wood skewer stick on the bottom  
    left corner at an acute angle.
    Wrap paper edge over stick and begin rolling the paper with your fingers. 
3. Just before reaching the end, brush on white glue and roll end closed to
4.  Make 75 tubes and divide into five different ombre color paint groups of 15 
5.  Place plastic cover over work area and paint the group of tubes in different
6.  Let tubes dry completely.

To Make the Vase:
Cut out a four inch Hometalk logo and trace two on cardboard and cut out.

1.  Place one cardboard logo on working surface.
2.  Take five tubes and place on each corner of logo. Place an additional tube  
     on top of one tube.
3.  Glue tubes in place and let dry.
4.  Glue second cardboard logo on top and let dry.  Take a sheet of paper and 
      outline the logo 1/2 inch larger, cut out and glue on bottom.
5.  Cut out corners of paper at each tube.
6.  Apply glue to cut-out edges and fold over, gluing in place.
7.  Glue Hometalk logo on opposite side.
8.  Paint bare side with color of tubes. Let dry.

To Weave:
On painted side of logo, bend the extra tube along edge of shape and over next tube. Take that tube and bend over next tube, and so on.

Continue bending tubes over the next tube along edge, moving around the design.

When tubes become short, simply add glue to tube end and insert new tube into end and let glue dry.

Continue weaving tube over the next tube using one color group at a time until all the colors have been woven into an ombre effect and you are left with short tube ends.

To finish, apply glue to end of last short tubes and insert inside of weave, hiding ends. Cut off any excess ends.

Can you still see the logo in the weave?

How cool is this?

The vase can be sprayed with a sealant to protect the finish.

This is how the bottom looks - after adding the sealant.

I really love how the vase looks and hope the folks at Hometalk love it, too!

Take a little time to enjoy


Happy Crafting!


  1. Wow, Gail! That's fantastic! The folks at HomeTalk should love it!

  2. This is so unique!! Thanks for sharing :]

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  3. That is incredible!!! you never cease to amaze me!!!

  4. That is amazing Gail! You certainly can out think me...LOL

  5. My dear Gail, YOU are AMAZING! I am always inspired by your creations. Hugs to you!

  6. Wow you are on a crafting roll. I love this project too! Thanks for sharing your post with us at Creatively Crafty #CCBG

  7. Wow! This is such a cool piece! I love the colors and the geometry of it. Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us at Merry Monday this week!

  8. Love it, Gail!! It is so original!! I'm sure the guys at HT love it too, the gradient color you chose are really pretty.
    You are featured in this week's party, congratulations!!

  9. Gail, You are so very creative! Amazing what only you can do with recycled newspaper!! Love it!

  10. That is such a clever and creative craft using newspaper Gail!
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Enjoy the week.

  11. Gail this is a work of art! When I first saw it I thought it was a sculpture. Hometalk is so lucky to have a work of art by you in their office!

  12. Whhhhat?? This is SO amazing!! I LOVE this!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  13. I have a friend who makes cool stuff like this all the time - sharing it with her right now!

  14. This is so cool! You are so creative :) Thank you so much for sharing with us this week at Dishing It & Digging It!

  15. Hi Gail, we featured this at our Monday Cooking and Crafting with J & J. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Julie xo

  16. Good Afternoon Gail, Oh my word, I think your vase is amazing... it is really beautiful. Everyone at Hometalk will love what you have produced for them. You are a very talented lady.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Best wishes

  17. This is wonderful! When I was a teenager, we had something called Art Straws that used this technique to make all sorts of things. I must add this to my endless list of things I want to do, but probably never will. Thank you for the inspiration.


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