basket weave vases
April 21, 2011 § 45 Comments
Tomorrow is Earth Day! In order to celebrate and honor our planet, I’ve salvaged some cartons and jars from being thrown into the landfill and woven the cartons into this pair of bright vases.
I made them in theme of the beautiful colors of our globe: the warp and weft are in cool blue and vivid green hues, and the vases are topped off with beautiful white clouds of hydrangeas. Just the kind of décor my kitchen table needs this spring!
For each vase, you will need two milk or juice cartons of the same size and a jar, some paint and a hot glue gun.
1. Cut the cartons to preferred height, making sure that they are taller than the jar for containing the water for your bouquet. Paint the cartons. If you want your vases to be a single color, you may skip this step for now and paint after the cartons are woven.
2. For each vase: cut one carton into 1/2″ strips vertically, making sure not to cut out the bottom, and cut the second carton into 1/2″ strips horizontally.
3. Start weaving by sliding the horizontal strips into alternating vertical strips.
4. Continue weaving until you reach the top and glue the top pieces together so the basket weave does not come undone.
5. Fill your jar with water and place inside the woven carton and arrange your favorite spring blooms.
Happy Earth Day!
That is such a great idea. I love great upcycle ideas.
I see in your pictures, that it looks like you have left over tops of the cartains that you cut and painted…you also mentioned to glue the tops together…could you use these extra pieces once glued to make a more finished top…other than that it looks great, and a neat way to keep these commons used items out of the landfill
Can’t wait to try this, but have to start buying our milk in cartons first! Happy Easter!!
Nice tutorial. I celebrate in these days that Jesus came to save my soul.
AWESOME, Inventive, Wonderful AND oh so Useful.
Love the way you think Jeromina.
I could help save the planet a carton at a time and spend fun times with the grandkids making these.
Thanks so much
Beauteous! What a genius weaving shortcut!!!
unbelievable! you are a genius Jer!
You are sooooo smart! Thanks for this tutorial!
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Hi! Look at mine!!! I have just finished doing them! Hugs from Argentina and thanks for the great idea! 😀
Such a smart vase. Soooo clever. Thanks for the tutorial.
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What type of paint did you use? I have painted milk cartons in the past but didn’t get good coverage so the printing still shows through. Yours looks great!
I too am wondering what paint was used to cover the cartons so well. Also what glue ? Its a beautiful idea.
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