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Monday
Apr252011

{DIY} Table Décor–You Can Do It!

I recently stumbled across the coolest little DIY website called Between the Lines. I was cruising around her site and found this super cute DIY tutorial for vase covers.

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I’m always a little curious about how some DIY tutorials look so incredibly easy, but then when you attempt them, they are a NIGHTMARE. I am going to include my beloved Martha into this category because she’s got some doozies. Sure, it’s easy – only if you own the bazillion dollar contraption needed to make it. Or a bazillion hours in the day to carefully glue teeny tiny grains of sand onto a four foot square backdrop that you’ll then hand paint with your wedding date….blah, blah, blah. You know of what I speak, right?

So I saw this sucker and wondered what I could whip out. Let me tell you, this IS easy. And you can totally suck at sewing and crafting and I swear, you will be able to do this. All told, it took me about 35 minutes to:

a). Find a jar. I was going to use the empty wine bottle from last night (ahem), but it was buried too far into the trash can. WAY to early for garbage picking. I decided to use a glass jar that was filled with sea salt because it had a cool shape. I’m betting you can use tin cans or recycle some plastic water bottles, wine bottles, juice jars, pickle jars – whatever you can find!

b) Find a scrap of fabric, and gather my sewing tools and camera.

c) Sew all components and take pictures and even go out into the backyard and snip a few flowers for the glamour shots.

If you want to do many of these in different shapes and sizes for your wedding (or party or just because), I suggest doing this in a production run method. Cut all the fabric, make all the roses, cover all the jars, add all the roses. That way, you become an “expert” at each step as you go and you’ll get faster. I promise.

Supplies:

  • Scrap fabric of any kind.
  • Container/jar/bottle you would like to cover
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Needle/thread
  • Tape measure (optional)

Instructions:

  • Once you have all your supplies together, take your first bottle and measure around the jar to determine the width of your fabric. You can also just wrap the fabric around and eyeball it. Leave about an inch or so extra on each side. For the length, you can make it super long for lots of scrunching and fabric ruffles, or keep it sparse. Your call. My fabric was the height of the jar adding in an additional length equal to half the height.
  • If you’re working with cotton or cotton blends, you can make a snip in your fabric at your measurement and then RIP the fabric versus cutting it. This will give you a lovely, shabby-chic frayed edge.
  • Next, pin the fabric around the bottle. Do not be precise. Do not try too hard. Just let the fabric sort of go where it wants to go.

Fabric pinned around my sea salt jar. I kept the cork in because I could just totally see sea salt EVERYWHERE if I didn’t.

  • Next, take a needle and thread (should match your fabric) and sew a seam from the bottom up. This will allow you to manipulate the fabric at the top.
  • Do not be fastidious or neat about this at all. Honestly, my stiches look like a second grader sewed this. The thread matches the fabric, so you totally cannot see how crappy they are.

Here’s mine after it’s been sewn. Not sure if you can see it, but I accidently sewed a pin inside the seam. I couldn’t get it out, so left it. That’s how sloppy/easy this can be.

  • I felt like the fabric that was longer around the smaller part of the jar was a little too long, so I ripped some off, holding onto the fabric and tearing away. Easy-peasy.
  • Now for what might be the hardest part: making the little rosettes. There are a bazillion DIY tutorials out there on how to make these little suckers. Some tutorials are a pain in the ass, others not so much. Here’ is a relatively simple DIY tutorial for rosettes and pretty much how I make them.

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I used some torn strips of fabric to make my rosettes to keep with the shabby-chic vibe.

  • After I made the rosette, I placed them on the jar haphazardly, making it look…pretty, I guess. I moved some of the ruffles around and tacked them down with a single stich then stitched the roses on with like, three big stiches. This doesn’t have to be perfect or exact or anything close to it. In fact, you might be able to hot glue the entire shebang and not make a single sewing stitch. However, I am not a hot-glue kind of girl, so I took the needle and thread route.

You can kind of see the dark label of the jar on the left side (maybe not? I just KNOW it’s there!), but just know that you’d want to remove any labels, unless you’re using a dark fabric.

  • Optional: Get some garden scissors, go to your front yard and wish your camellias were blooming already. Go to your back yard and note the single flower growing through your fence from your neighbor’s back yard and TAKE IT (consider it payment for all the times you’ve moved her damn trash can). Then snip a pretty tiny white flower that you don’t know the name of and take it too.

Remember, a DIY task doesn’t always have to be daunting, even if you aren’t the crafty type. I really believe this is a doable project for anyone! So, what do you think? Cute? Would you give this a shot? 

Reader Comments (5)

Not only is this super cute and super easy, but yours looks WAY better than the original! Thanks for the tutorial-you now have me searching my fabric stash and bottles on my day off. My neighbor has great flowers too!

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

holy white fabric, this is beautiful. this is one of my favorite centerpieces i've seen, lady.

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlizzie

Thanks for the kudos, ladies. Seriously, this was SO easy. I accidentally stabbed myself with the needle and even BLED on the dang thing. I just moved a ruffled bit and covered up the damning DNA spot!

April 25, 2011 | Registered CommenterLouise

You had me at "hot glue.". These are fantastic!

April 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Didn't like the original one:( Love yours.

April 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterflo

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