Guess what? You know those pretty pumpkin vases that are absolutely everywhere this time of year? Well, I made one! Yup. I did. Finally. I have had this project on my crafty to do list for the last several years now, but it was just never a priority. I pinned, saved and clipped ideas, because that was easy, but sitting, carving and arranging?
Yeah, not so easy. I just couldn't find the time.
So today, I decided to make the time and I ended up with something I absolutely adore.
Even if I didn't go about it in the traditional way.
I started by gathering up my collection of faux pumpkins, I have one in every color. You see, I've been buying them on sale for the past few years, explicitly for this purpose. However, since I never got around to the vase project, I have been using them in my decorating instead.
I've been peppering them around the house from late September through late November. They really warm up the place and I have gotten a little attached. So, I'm sure you can totally understand why when it came time to choose one to cut open, I just couldn't do it.
I wasn't able to sacrifice any one of them.
Also, it seemed like a lot of work and I am a very lazy crafter.
Hmm....I was back to square one.
The real pumpkin I had just purchased was starting at me from my deck. He's new, so I was much less attached to him and I briefly considered grabbing the knife, but then I started thinking about all the work involved in carving that sucker up and I quickly vetoed that idea, too.
That lazy thing really gets in the way.
I was almost ready to abandon my vase endeavor, when the sparkle of my pumpkin cookie jar caught my eye. That two dollar, thrift store pumpkin already had a hole "cut" in the top and I never keep any cookies inside. It was perfect!
I was back in business.
It's a pretty involved tutorial, so I hope you're paying attention.
Of course, I'm just teasing, this one is self explanatory. I took the top off the cookie jar and found a vase that would fit neatly inside. I have a lot of containers floating around the house, so that didn't take long. If you don't have a properly sized vase, you could use a large can or jar.
Next, I took some old craft paper and stuffed it inside the cookie jar to take up any empty space. I wanted the vase and water to be secure and not be able to move around at all.
I placed my water-filled vase inside the cookie jar and then I started snipping and arranging my flowers. They were sent to me from ProFlowers.com. I was ready to use faux blooms, but I'm so glad I went with real. The colors are gorgeous and look fabulous against the orange.
Keep in mind that this idea would work at anytime of the year and for any holiday, with any cookie jar that you have. It would also work with a soup tureen.
I haven't been able to decide where I should keep my cookie jar pumpkin vase. For now, I've been carrying it around with me from room to room. I just like to look at it and the new wooden cake stand I managed to whip up that this morning.
Here is the ten minute tutorial on that ~ yup, ten minutes. Lazy, remember?
In the meantime, I'll just keep carrying my new cookie jar vase around with me.
I don't have any pets, it's really sweet looking and smells so good.
I'm starting to get attached.
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