Saturday, May 28, 2022

Jute Vase with Flair Top DIY

If you're like me, you can never have enough vases to display beautiful flowers! And one handmade like this woven jute vase with a flair top certainly adds a personal, unique touch that you will truly love! Can you believe  - from a tin can to a decorative showpiece! And the best part, repurposing materials is always a crafter's dream - especially using items as simple and inexpensive as a tin can, jute rope and knitting wire! And although the finished look appears intricate, it's actually quite easy to do using mostly an over and under weaving technique!  So cool - just in time for our Do It Over Designers Blog Hop!  

In
 case you don't know, the Do It Over Designers is a group of talented bloggers who love to recycle/upcycle/DIY, hosted by Anne @The Apple Street Cottage. It happens the 4th Saturday of every other month and it's all about taking something old and/or unused and 'doing it over' into something new. Anything from fabric, old dishes, and decor to dressers and hutches. Items found in closets, cabinets, barns, garages, yard sales, thrift stores, you name it!
I hope you'll visit all the super creative bloggers to see their amazing "do over" projects.  The list of participants are at the end of this post.
To make this Woven Jute Vase with Flair Top, gather the following - 

Materials:
  • Tin can
  • Knitting blocking wire (3mm 36" long)
  • Wire cutters
  • Masking tape
  • Jute rope - 5mm
  • Hot Glue
  • Tape ruler, magic marker, scissors
  • Pliers and old wash cloth to help bend wires

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Let's begin by cutting the knitting blocking wire in half using wire cutters. I got the blocking wires from my mil when we had to clean out her home. I had no idea what they were at the time, but couldn't resist the long, narrow wires. I knew I would eventually find a use for them! Lol!

Next, take a clean tin can and wrap a tape measure around the bottom to mark 1/2" spacing along the outside using a magic marker. Then hot glue a blocking wire on each mark gluing on a total of 25 for this size can.  

Use masking tape to hold the wires in place until .  .  .
the glue dries.
Then glue on the end of the jute rope at the tin can seam and begin wrapping the jute around the can approximately five times (ending at the seam) - gluing ever so often to keep the jute place as you wrap. When reaching the seam, start taking the jute rope over and under each wire, around the tin can.

Continue weaving over and under for about 24 rows - ending near the top of the can.
Then switch up the weaving pattern by wrapping the jute rope around a wire and then skipping over the next wire and wrapping around the wire after the one skipped over - continuing this pattern around and up for several rows.. 

To make the flair top, bend each wire (using pliers and an old wash cloth) near the same area, with .  .  .
some wires slightly higher or lower than the others for a wavy look.
Continue weaving over and under the wires .  .  .
weaving up the wires .  .  .
then switching the weaving pattern by wrapping rope around each wire .  .  .
for a decorative woven effect .  .  .

before switching back to an over and under weave for the flair until .  .  .
you're near the end of the wires. Then, cut off excess jute .  .  .
 leaving enough at the end to tuck in between rows, adding a dab of glue to seal.
To cover the wire ends around the flair, separate some of the excess jute rope into three, four thread groups to braid and .  .  .
glue around the edge of the flair.  Measure how much braiding is needed and seal end areas with glue to cut off and let dry. Glue on braiding around the flair and over the wire ends .  .  .
for a finished look.
In weaving this vase, I'm not quite sure how much jute I had left over from a 900' roll I got a few years ago. I used the total jute bundle as pictured above. And it was enough for me to weave a 12" tall vase with a 3 inch flair. 
How cool is this!
A lovely boho or shabby chic look! 













I hope you enjoyed my tutorial on making a woven jute vase with a flair top!  Be sure to pin for inspiration to make one in the near future! Now check the other creative 'Do Over' Designers' projects listed below!

Southern Sunflowers

Unique Creations by Anita

My Hubbard Home

Sum of Their Stories

The Apple Street Cottage

Birdz of a Feather

Exquisitely Unremarkable

Little Vintage Cottage

Modern on Monticello

Pandora’s Box

Purple Hues & Me

Tea and Forget-Me-Nots







22 comments:

  1. I have a bunch of those knitting wires too and now I know what to do with them lol! Great project Gail; your creativity always inspires me :)

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    1. Thanks, Sara! I'd hate to say how long I've had those wires, but I'm finally glad I did something with them! Can't wait to see what you create!

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  2. That fluted top is so pretty, Gail! You always share the most innovative crafts and inspire me!

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    1. Thanks so much, Kim! I had been trying to think of another way to describe the top and fluted is just perfect! Me and my senior moments, lol!

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  3. I never would have guessed there was a tin can under there! Great makeover, Gail.

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    1. Thanks, Ann! Saving tin cans for projects is one of my favorite past times! Lol!

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  4. Shut up, whaaaat?! That's so cool Gail!!

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  5. WOW - very clever project! You certainly have more patience than I do!! Quite inspirational!

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    1. Thanks so much, Patti! Well, I don't know about that! You are a true artist!

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  6. Boy you are amazing! Have. Great weekend.
    ☺️

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    1. Thanks so much, Liz! And thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of your week, too!

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  7. You have the best creative ideas and how you figure how to make something that looks like an intricate design is amazing. Your vase gets a "wow" from me.

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    1. Thanks so much, Allyson! It was really quite easy to make! I don't do complicate, lol!

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  8. I am very impressed that you made it from scratch, the shape is very interesting.

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    1. Thanks, Anita! I was quite pleased as to how it turned out! I am thinking about making one using macrame cord in a pretty color - maybe purple, lol! Just kidding!

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  9. I'm always blown away by your ideas, Gail. No one would ever guess under that very cool weaved vase is a tin can!

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  10. Wow! Gail I love this beautiful vase you made. You are always making such beautiful crafts.

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  11. This project is truly amazing to see how you made it. I had to pin it and may just tackle a version of my own. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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