Today, I’m starting a new thing here at Great Green Heron. Debt, Debit, or DIY. Concept is simple. Three similar items at different price points.
Debt is the expensive one. I can’t vouch if that means the quality is better or not. It is what it is.
Debit is one that most people can probably afford.
DIY is how to make a similar item on your own.
In redecorating my living room and applying eclectic concepts of different materials, I bought a large wood bowl thinking we’d put our remotes in it. However, they just never fit right and they were obviously visible and thus unsightly. Then I decided a large rope vase would do the trick. The vases I found online were either too expensive or not large enough. So I decided to make my own and in the process saved a great deal of money. I’m especially pleased with the result as it is exactly what the living room needed.
Large DIY Rope Vase- ~$6.75
Making a large rope vase is both simple and cheap.
You’ll need only three items- a container, some rope, and a glue gun with glue sticks.
For the vase, I used an empty pretzel stick container from Aldi- free after eating the pretzels. It’s large and wide- 7 inches tall by 6 inches in diameter.
Then I bought some rope at Lowe’s. I found buying a whole package of 50 feet was cheaper than buying it by individual feet. I only used 30 feet on my vase, so now I have 20 feet to do up another container and make a smaller vase.
Next, you’ll need a glue gun and glue sticks. For this project, I used 15 4-inch mini glue sticks and I was quite heavy handed with the glue. You may use more or less depending on the area of your vase and your desired stickiness. For my vase, this material was only $1.34.
Plug in your glue gun, pack it with glue sticks, and wait for it to heat up.
I began my rope vase at the top of the container as there was a track that made it easier to start the rope. Apply a generous amount of glue to the outside of the container and firmly press the rope into the glue. Continuously apply pressure as you work in sections of about 4-6 inches. Once you have applied these sections with glue and pressed the rope into them, they will usually stick if you are working at room temperature. Once you do the first layer of rope, simply continue by going underneath the rope above.
As you continue down the vase, make sure to press the rope together as tightly as possible so that the starting container will not show any gaps between the rope layers- as shown below:
When you get to the bottom, simply snip off the remaining rope and generously glue and press the end to the vase.
This project takes about 45 minutes to complete.
As you can see below, the remotes all fit into the vase and are hidden when inside. There’s even room for more items such as iPhone chargers and earbuds.