Do you know anyone who’d like an empty milk carton for Christmas? Probably not! But how about a vase? How about a vase made from an empty milk carton?
I saw this idea in a book called Paper Bliss by Syke Rogers. (Is it okay for me to tell you about someone else's idea?)
This is all you need:
- Empty milk or juice cartons
- Scraps of attractive papers
- Wallpaper paste
- PVA glue
And here’s what you need to do:
- Thoroughly wash and dry cartons
- Tear or cut paper into small pieces
- Dip paper into prepared wallpaper paste (yogurt consistency)
- Stick paper to the carton, overlapping edges
- Cover lip of spout and bottom of the carton with paper too
- Let carton dry
- Thin PVA glue with a little water
- Use the PVA glue as a varnish: brush onto the external surfaces of dry vase
- Apply 2 more coats of PVA glue, drying between each coat
Voila! A waterproof vase for practically nothing: Just some paste and a few sheets of scrap paper.
I couldn’t find any long stemmed flowers in our garden, so I decided to put some sprays of artificial flowers in my vase. I added a handful of small pebbles to the vase to make it stable before adding the flowers. I think marbles or glass beads would be a better alternative. Maybe the vase could also be partially filled with sand.
Of course if you are using fresh flowers, the weight of the water will keep the vase upright.
I usually buy Thomas a spray of flowers to add to his Christmas memorial. Perhaps I can make him a vase covered with pretty red paper. Then I could add some sprigs of red Christmas berries.
I am also thinking I might treat everyone to a few 600ml cartons of flavoured milk. Then I could turn the empty containers into slightly shorter vases. And perhaps we need to buy some cream… lots of cream... in 300 ml cartons. Then we could make stubby vases.
And I could look at the scrapbooking papers next time I go into town and make some extra special vases. My mind is ticking over with lots of ideas. Somehow I think we’re going to have dozens of vases…
Anyone like a vase for Christmas?
PS There are lots of wonderful ideas in Paper Bliss.. such as the papier-mache bowls we are also making, paper hanging decorations, wreaths, boxes...