I love having fresh flowers in my home. It's such a treat, you know? Today I'm excited to share a fun DIY project for bud vases with test tubes and a cement look! It's simple to make and so pretty.Supplies: Art plaster, test tubes, cardboard, cooking spray, bucket, wooden skewers, and duct tape.
1. With an X-Acto knife, cut a rectangle of cardboard that is 13 inches long and 3 inches wide. This will be the bottom of your mold. For the side pieces, cut two pieces of cardboard that are 2 1/2 inches tall and 13 inches long and another 2 pieces that are 2 1/2 inches tall and 3 inches wide.2. Assemble the cardboard mold with duct tape and make sure the edges are sealed to prevent leaking. (For the smaller bud vase holder, repeat this process to make another mold that has the same dimensions but is only 9 inches long instead of 13 inches). Stick two wooden skewers vertically between the cardboard layers at each end of the mold.3. Spray the inside of your mold with the cooking spray. Use the wooden skewers to create a pole that you can tape your test tubes on to so they will only sit halfway into your plaster. Spray the bottom of the test tubes with cooking spray and balance (or tape) the test tube pole on top of the vertical skewers at the ends of the mold. 4. Mix your plaster according to directions and pour into your molds stopping a quarter inch from the top. Remove cardboard mold after a few hours, but leave test tubes in place. Let plaster dry for at least two weeks until it feels room temperature and dry to the touch. 5. Once dry, remove tubes and do a light sanding with a fine sandpaper and paint with acrylic paint. Replace tubes as soon as the paint is dry.
(Try not let the test tubes out of the mold for very long. The plaster will start to expand after a few hours so if you wait a few days to replace them, the tubes won't fit back in the molds).Here's the finished project! Now for the even more exciting part… styling them at home!
Here's how I've been using them at home. I love that it only takes 3-5 stems to fill the vases. It's perfect for when you buy a bouquet or a dozen roses because you can use the extras to fill this piece!
I'm thinking this would be a fun gift idea. What do you think? xo. Elsie
Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson, Project Assistant: Laura Gummerman.