Spring DIY: Mason Jar Flower Vase!

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My first DIY post, thanks for reading! I was really nervous to make this post since I'm not the most savvy with arts and crafts. Being left handed and surrounded by right handed scissors will do that to you, but I am getting better! (I think.)

I wanted to show you how to make a simple home decor piece that's cheap and endlessly customizable. Fresh flowers are pretty to look at but will end up wilting and dying pretty quickly and routinely replacing fresh flowers can be an expensive habit. 

The great thing about this project is that there's no upkeep and you can replace the flowers with any combination you want for all seasons and occasions. Also, if you suffer from allergies, like moi, you get to enjoy the aesthetic of nature without being allergic to it. 

What you'll need: 
*You can find all of this at your local Michaels or craft store* 

-Fake flowers of your choice (For a medium sized mason jar, two to three 'bouquets' of flowers is more than enough. I ended up using two.)

-A medium sized mason jar
-Leather lace

Step one: Grab the first bouquet of flowers. You want to separate the smaller 'stems' from the big stem in the middle. I found that trying to cut the thick stem in the middle of the bouquet was hard to nearly impossible, so all you want to do is grab sections of the smaller stems, bend to an 'L' (shown above) and twist! 

They should should snap off easily, if not, cut it off at the base with a pair of scissors. 

This is how it should look like when you're done. 

Step two: You want to arrange the first batch of flowers into the mason jar and adjust the height of the flowers. I chose to keep them all at one height, but you can adjust them to your own taste. 

Grab your next batch of flowers and repeat steps one and two. If you want to take the leaves off, simply yank them off. I ended not not using the purple tulips (seen above) since I liked the white flowers by themselves. I encourage you to use whatever combination of colors and types of flowers you want to use. Don't be afraid to be creative! 

Once you have finished arranging the flowers to your liking, (I put a spare daisy on the bottom of the jar, since I liked how it added a certain pièce de résistance to the whole thing) this is how it should look like! 

But it's missing something, right? For the final touch, grab your leather lace (you can find this online or at your local Michaels/craft store) and depending how thick you want it, the more times you have to wrap it around the top of the jar. 

With your scissors, cut the amount of leather that is needed and hold one end of the lace in each hand. So, one hand should be holding one end and the other hand should be holding the other end. Start at the bottom and start wrapping the lace around the jar all the way to the top and with whatever's left, tie it in the center with a knot. 

And this is what the finished product looks like! 

Posing on my bookshelf.
Posing on top of my record player, looking fierce.

Hope you enjoyed! Let me know if you try this out.

-Amanda Leon

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