One of my favorite looks for home decor is faux bois, or fake wood. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the beauty of real wood, especially in a raw, natural form, but nothing makes me more content than the whimsy of faux bois. I was at Pacific Fabrics the other day and happened upon the most wonderful fabric with a wood print. I decided to liven up a boring glass vase that I got at the dollar store by covering it with my new treasure! Here are step-by-step instructions on how to turn a vase into a tree!
1. You will need the following things: fabric (you don’t need to use faux bois fabric), a vase with no curves in the stem (make sure it’s clean so the glue sticks), spray adhesive, scissors and foil.
2. Cut the fabric into the shape of your vase. I’m really bad at this part, so I just lay the vase on the fabric and start snipping. I get too excited to waste my time with measuring, however I don’t recommend this. If you hate measuring too, at least use something with a straight edge to get your cut right. Make sure that your fabric overlaps just a few centimeters when you wrap it around the vase.
3. Lay a piece of foil on the table and put your fabric face-down onto the foil. Holding it about a foot and a half away, spray your adhesive evenly and liberally onto the fabric, making sure to really coat the edges well.
4. Line up your fabric on the vase and slowly stick it on. Make sure to rub the fabric so that there aren’t any air bubbles trapped in it.
5. After you have applied the fabric to the vase, give the seam of the fabric a little squirt with the spray adhesive so it won’t peel. If your fabric frayed at all, you can now trim the edges a bit.
6. Congratulations! You have made a super cute fabric vase!
Here are a few ways to employ your vase: make a few vases in a variety of sizes and prints that can stand on their own together; put flowers in it (a novel idea!), put fake holly berries or pussy willow branches in it (for those of you who have as horrible a green thumb as I do), use your vase as a hurricane and put a candle in it; plant a real tree in your fake tree (but be sure to move it to the garden once it’s grown!); put kitchen utensils in it if it’s strong enough; put candy in it! Good luck!
Check out the beautiful roses Matt got me for Valentine’s Day! And don’t forget to subscribe to my blog for a chance to win a piece of handmade jewelry! I only need 6 more followers before I randomly choose a winner!