Thursday, May 10, 2012

Get Crafty: Refrigerator Vase

When I was in middle school, my mom and I were browsing through a craft fair when we saw some refrigerator magnet vases. We both loved them and thought they were so delicate and sweet. "We can make those ourselves" she assured me (now you know where I get my craftiness from!). She got all the supplies and we made a few of them. There was one on the refrigerator in our house and one on our Cape house for years.

I thought this would be a great project to revisit for Spring/Mother's Day. They are great for any wild flowers your little one may bring home from a walk in the park, or any little stems that may be holding on from an otherwise wilted bouquet. They are quick and easy and just look so lovely.

When my mom and I had made them years ago we had just glued some ribbon bows on them. This time I thought I would jazz them up with some glitter paint that I had seen used on champagne glasses (HERE is the link to that tutorial).  Really I just wanted to try the glitter paint - you really don't need to do anything to them - I think the flowers are enough!

You'll need:
  • Test tubes (you can find them online - Amazon and Oriental Trading both have them)
  • Magnets
  • Hot glue gun
  • Optional - paints (glitter or otherwise), ribbon, or if you want to get your child involved, you can have them put stickers on the tube
  • Note: Stainless steel refrigerators are not magnetic, but if the sides of your refrigerator are exposed they usually are

Step 1: 
Decorate the test tubes however you choose to

Step 2:
Glue magnets on to the test tubes. I'm a little on the fence about hot glue being the best option for attaching the magnets. There's probably something better for gluing to glass...but I didn't want to go back to the craft store. I did glue on 2 magnets though for added stability.

Step 3:
Fill with water and pop in some flowers!

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