For some reason, we always improvise when it comes to vases. Flowers and bouquets end up in glasses or empty jars. The other day, finally, my kids, Power P and Einstein E, and I decided to make a vase or two. This way, we got to reuse some empty glass jars and bottles, and some old newspapers.
Interesting facts about vases:
- The Chinese Qianlong vase set a new record as the most expensive porcelain item ever sold in an auction, when it sold for an astounding $53 million. (I have no idea if my kids understood how much money that actually is. But they gazed at me in astonishment).
- Greek potters were constantly changing the shape of their famous vases and pots. And those were usually made of terracotta, not magazine rolls :)
- glass or plastic bottles
- paper rolls (for this one you need magazines or newspapers)
- glue and scissors
Measure the circumference of the bottle you would like to turn into a vase. We used a piece of wool thread for this step.
Lay the thread down, and you'll know how many of your rolled-up magazine pages you're going to need for your vase. Glue the rolls in a row. (Instructions for making magazine pages rolls are here.)
Mark and cut straight lines on the bottom and top.
Glue the endings together to make a tube for your vase.
Make a cardboard bottom. We hot-glued it to the vase.
Paint and let dry.
Now, while the vases are drying, go out with your kid and pick some flowers. There are a few flower fields close to where we live, and the boys find it very interesting - they count the money they have to put in the machine, take the knife that hangs there, and cut some flowers.
You might want to decorate your vases. Tying a bow or a piece of yarn is great for developing fine-motor skills.
Place the bottles filled with water into the tubes, and put the flowers in.
And there you have it :)