If you read Casa regularly, you've probably noticed that people are making vases out of almost anything these days (pipes, plastic bottles, honeycomb, light bulbs). Quite frankly, a makeshift vase (coffee can, glass bottle) is not the hardest DIY. But, when I came across a DIY from ReadyMade for a vase made from floral foam that was cheap, easy, and most importantly, water retaining, I was pretty impressed. You'll probably find most of the supplies needed for this project in your house, too; who can argue with that?
- Floral foam
- Wax pellets or standard white candles
- Baking paper
- Cookie sheet
- Long, sharp knife
- Cookie cutter or jar lid
- Double boiler
- Coffee can, slightly flattened to form a spout
- Aluminum foil
To learn the steps,
- Draw half of an outline of a vase on a sheet of paper folded in half. Cut out the shape, and unfold so that you have a template for a vase shape.
- Align your vase template with the base of your floral foam block.
- Trace the shape of the vase with a toothpick onto both sides of the block.
- Place the foam block flat on a table. Using the knife, cut out the traced shape, keeping the knife vertical.
- Then, flip it over, and shave the edges smooth with the knife to make it clean looking and vase-like.
- Using cookie cutters or jar lids, press a pattern into the foam (if you want one).
- Fill your double boiler with water, and heat it up.
- Put the wax/candles in your coffee can, and melt them.
- Put a sheet of foil over your cookie sheet.
- Put your vase upside down on the sheet, and pour the hot wax over it completely coating.
- Stand it right side up, and slice off the top so that the foam is uncoated where you'll stick the flowers in.
- Let it cool for an hour.
- Soak the floral foam vase in water for an hour, and then stick your flowers into the top of the foam, making an arrangement as you wish. If the vase dries out, just run water over the top and it will soak it up.