I love mashups and used to be a bit of a Glee fan. I would say that my taste in mashups extends to my home. My interior style is bit Boho, mid-century with a hint of rustic farmhouse. This denim mason jar vase is a mashup of crafts and upcycling.
There is the upcycled element of the old jeans and floorboards combined with a mason jar craft and a bit of paper mache. Then there are the DIY paper flowers which you could argue are a bit boho.
Upcycled Jeans Mason Jar Wall Vase
As with most of my
(There is a printable how-to card for this craft at the end of the post.)
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What you need to make a hanging mason jar vase
- Scraps from old jeans including some seams and labels.
- Mason Jar – just to use as a mold. You could actually use any old jar as long as it’s the size you would like your wall vase to be.
- An old piece of wood – I used a cut bit of floorboard.
- Old newspaper and wallpaper paste.
- Gorilla glue contact adhesive clear
- Fabric Mod Podge
- 4 small nails, cling film, and a couple of elastic bands.
How to make the hanging mason jar vase1. The first thing to do is to make the paper mache mason jar. Start off by covering the mason jar in cling film (saran wrap). Then cut the newspaper into small strips.
2. Next, using wallpaper paste stick the newspaper strips to the mason jar. Cover just half of the jar.
I use wallpaper paste rather than diluted glue for paper mache as it is less messy. The paste is more gel-like and not runny like glue. I find it creates less of a mess and dries quicker.
3. You will need 2 layers of newspaper on the jar. Let the first layer dry before papering the second layer. Also, whilst the paper is drying hold the paper at the top in place with 2 elastic bands. This will ensure that you get the contours at the top of the jar in the paper.
4. When both layers of the newspaper have dried carefully remove it and the elastic bands from the Mason jar mold. Using scissors carefully trim the paper mache into shape. It should look like a Mason jar cut in half lengthways.
Adding the denim to the Mason jars
5. Next, cut the old denim pieces to fit the jar. You will need one plain denim piece for the main body of the jar and another plain half-circle shape for the base. Cut 2 pieces of denim seam to fit around the rim of the jar.
6. Using the fabric glue, stick the denim pieces to the paper half Mason jar vase. To add interest I also like to stick a label from the old jeans to the front of the jar. Use pegs to hold the denim in place as the glue dries, especially around the rim.
Making a hanger for the denim Mason Jar
7. Firstly, cut the old piece of wood you are going to use for the backing of the mason jar vase. I used an old pine floorboard as it was just the right width. The wood also had a lovely aged look to it. You could use a piece of pallet wood if you don’t happen to have any old floorboards to hand.
Next, cut a piece of denim
8. Finally, to finish off the mason jar vase, glue the vase to the wooden board using contact adhesive.
Once the glue is dried the vase is ready to hang. All you need to do is slip the seam over a hook or nail.
I was so pleased how this handing denim Mason jar turned out that I made another one out of my husbands old Levis.
The vase is not waterproof, so not suitable for real flowers. However, it is perfect for faux or paper flowers. I love crepe paper flowers so I made some for the mason jar vases.
How to make paper daisy’s for your hanging vase
I love making crepe paper flowers. Here I show you how I made the giant daisies for this hanging mason jar vase. If you want to make other types of crepe paper flowers check out my paper flower wall decoration. Also, sites like Lia Griffith have lots of paper flower tutorials to choose from.
What you need
- White and yellow Italian crepe paper 180g. Italian crepe paper is thick crepe paper that holds
it’s shapewhen stretched and bent.
- Floristry stem wire
- Floristry tape
- Hot glue gun
How To Make A Crepe Paper Daisy
1. Cut out seven small petals and seven slightly large petals from the white crepe paper.
2. Wrap the green floristry wire around one green wire stem.
3. Cut a piece of yellow crepe paper
4. To form the center of the daisy, glue one end of the folded cut yellow crepe paper to the top of the wire stem. Wrap it around the stem and secure it with hot glue.
5. Next, using the hot glue gun glue the small white petals one by one to the yellow center. Space out the petals evenly.
6. Once all the small petals have been stuck down. Repeat with the larger petals sticking them in between the small layer of petals. Finish off by wrapping more green tape around the base of the daisy.
All that is left to do now is to put the paper daises in the denim hanging Mason jar vases.
These vases could also be used as a handy hanging storage pouch for the craft room like the hanging denim pocket ones I made.
For another vase Mason jar combination check out the tutorial for these beautiful paper vases and mason jar sleeves. Also, check out these upcycled mini flower bud vases.
- Denim scraps from old jeans
- Mason jar to use as a mold
- Scrap wood
- Paper mache a half Mason jar shape. Use an existing Mason jar as a mold.
- Decoupage paper mache Mason jar with denim
- Make a hanger out of a jeans seem by nailing it to a piece of wood.
- Glue the denim Mason jar to the wood.
- Fill with paper flowers
There are instructions for the paper daises on the blog.
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