Let’s make nifties with office supplies.
Round labels + dollar store vase/drinking glass = polka dot vase.
And here is some more math: $1 vase/glass + $1 labels + Free lilacs (snipped off tree) = Two Dollars of Awesome
I love having a vase full of lilacs on the table. They don’t last long but it makes me feel like Patty and Selma from The Simpsons are over for dinner.
Also, if/when you decide to take the labels off the vase, just fill the vase with ice cold water. Condensation will take affect in a few minutes and loosen the labels from the inside out. That’s a nifty trick worth remembering in general when it comes to labels on glass. Wax on glass is a different trick.
PS: This craft was inspired by these polka dotted jars from Lemon Jitters. Check her out!
Remember to smash the woody stems with a hammer. I usually forget, so I have to slice them vertically with my secateurs.(Like that Garden Club word?) You always want to get the most water into the flowers as soon as you cut them. Gertrude Jekyll recommends putting them directly into a bucket of water when you cut them. You don’t want any air bubbles stopping the xylem and phloem.(5 credits of Botany, when they still taught it). My lilacs have passed.Maybe I’ll have some late blooming Miss Kims or something like that. It’s the best smell on earth, after gardenias. Are those monkeys on your British chintz tablecloth? Ann
Yes — those are chintz monkeys! I wonder WHO could have given me such a thing?! Actually, I am enjoying them now as a tablecloth bc they are soon to be transformed. Not sure what yet. But the sewing machine is out for the first time in 6months — several projects underway. stay tuned!
That’s a great tip about lilacs btw..they pass so quick.
Cute project, Peaches, and I checked out the great blog you referenced as inspiration!
I adore my lilacs. They bloom every Mother’s Day, a gift from my Dad who has been gone for well over thirty years, now. Mine was a baby from his mature cultivated French lilac tree. I’ve gifted many babies, since. The deep, rich color is amazing. This year, we were in the OBX for Mother’s Day. The first thing I did upon returning home was to visit Dad in my garden. I share the photo on my newly created sister blog:
Isn’t it wonderful when plants can be gifted? I’m hopeful to be able to do that one day. Current Black thumb is not helping thus far…
Aww I totally miss lilacs and that yummy heady scent. I cannot grow them where I live now. What a great and quick idea for a last minute vase! Have you tried etching? Although permanent it would also give you that same effect.
What a fun and easy craft! And that was really funny, the reference to Patti and Selma! Now I won’t ever be able to look at lilacs the same! 🙂
Ginger Schneider, Ginson's Farmhouse Chic
Gotta love Patti & Selma! I adore this post – fun, creative & CHEAP – that’s my kind of crafting!
Really easy to do. Now I know what to do with my leftover polka dot label. 🙂