February 17, 2007

Ordinary Bottle to Beautiful Vase

Did you know you can turn an ordinary bottle into a beautiful vase? And you can do it with just a few household and art supplies on hand.

Who said bottles couldn't be made into works of art? And guess what? (as my son likes to say all the time.) This is a wonderful project whether you are 5 or 92.

What you'll need:
- bottles or other glass containers that could be used as a vase
- colored tissue paper
- scissors
- photos or pictures from magazines*
- small paint brush
- glue or Mod Podge (found in craft stores)

* if you decided to use photos, you'll first need to copy them on a color copier. Otherwise, the photos would be too stiff to be flexible enough to bend around the bottle shape. The glue would also make the photo finish smear. So, copying is the best way to use your personal photos.What to do:
First, cut or tear the tissue into little pieces. Mix your glue or Mod Podge with water. Usually, 2 parts glue to one part water works well. Then, brush a think layer of the mixture onto the bottle or glass container. Attach the tissue paper and photos to the bottle. Cover the entire bottle. Even without photos, the bottle looks beautiful using only tissue paper.

Once the bottle has dried, brush over the tissue paper and photo collage with another layer of the glue mixture to seal it. Let it dry and if necessary, brush a final layer onto the bottle. Before using the vase, make sure it is completely dry.

Voila! You now have a beautiful and useful piece of art!

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