DIY Bentwood Bud Vase

Anyone who’s seen me with a jar of spaghetti sauce knows I like a challenge.  And when Colleen and Karisa challenged me and four other bloggers to make something out of craft wood, I was hooked!  The rules were simple: make something awesome for the wall, using the kind of craft wood found at stores like Michaels.  Fresh off my DIY craft wood door wedge, I was ready to put another idea to work: bentwood!

Recently, #designdecoded has made me brush up on my Eames history–and I’ve had molded plywood on the brain, so to speak.  So when I walked into Michaels and saw a whole section of craft plywood (what?!) I knew I had to use it.  And not just use it, bend it.  To my will. 😉

And so, this DIY bentwood bud vase was born:

DIY Copper Bud Vase


DIY Copper Bud Vase

First, polish the copper air chamber with salt and vinegar.  Rinse and let dry.

DIY Copper Bud Vase

Then, use scissors to cut a piece of craft plywood that is wide enough to just barely wrap around the air chamber.  Pop it into a pot of water, and simmer for 5 minutes.

Carefully remove the plywood from the pot and wrap around the air chamber (if it resists, boil it longer!).  Secure with rubber bands and let dry.DIY Copper Bud Vase

Once the plywood is completely dry, remove the rubber bands and slide the plywood off of the air chamber.  It should retain its shape.  Stain the plywood and apply the polycrylic, if using.  Let dry.

Lay the air chamber across the candle plate so that it is centered, and a longer length extends below the plate than above.  Cut two lengths of wire about 12″ long and wrap each around the air chamber, where it touches the edges of the candle plate.

DIY Copper Bud Vase

Using the paintbrush, apply adhesive to the inside of the bentwood and wrap it around the air chamber, leaving some exposed copper below and covering the wrapped wire.  Wrap in rubber bands and let dry completely.

DIY Copper Bud Vase

Remove the rubber bands.  Take the upper wires and split them, wrapping each one around the top two feet on the bottom of the candle plate.  Take the bottom wires and wrap them around the top foot.

Cut another length of wire several inches long.  Make a loop, and place around the top two feet, creating a hanger.

Affix to the wall, fill with water, and add your favorite kind of stem!

DIY Copper Bud Vase

Don’t miss the other projects by the talented ladies of the Craft Wood Challenge!

Annabode: DIY Bud Vase | Nalle’s House: Mid-Century Modern Ball Clock | Brave New Home: DIY Wooden Modern Cuckoo Clock | Lemon Thistle: Birch Plywood Wall Hanging | Petite Modern Life: DIY Craft Wood Shelves | Persia Lou: Inkodye Wood Wall Art | Squirrelly Minds: DIY Animal Head Mounts

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