"Sometimes adventure calls and we ignore it. We miss the opportunity for a lifetime of memories. Go ahead, be adventurous" ~Maria Villanueva

October 04, 2010

Halloween Glass Vase

First of all, thank you all so much to all of you for your kind comments, they really make my day.  Remember when electronic mail was new and how excited you got when you received an email? well, that's the feeling I get when ever I receive a new comment, thank you all. 

We FINALLY get Fall weather here in Los Angeles, but only for a couple of days.  We're going back to summer by the weekend.  It even rained today with THUNDER and all.  Well, it really was more like a drizzle, but the clouds were very dark and it was very COLD, like 60 degrees farenheit.  

We really need the rain, everyone here loves it when it rains.  It gets people in a good mood everywhere.  Like when I went grocery shopping earlier today.  The guy in front of me let me go first!!!! WHAT???!!! I know, right.  He was buying a case of beer, obviously he was going to watch sports on TV, and he actually let me go first.  That never happens in the summertime.  In the summertime, everyone waits their turn.  The nine month pregnant lady barely able to stand, she waits, the mom with ten screaming kids, she waits, the elderly man with a cane, he waits.  BUT! we get a little drizzle and......everybody turns into Mary Poppins.

I have another Halloween craft today. This one is so easy, you can do it in flash. I first saw something very similar to what I'm showing today at Marshall's and I LOVED it BUT it was $14.99 too pricey, I thought.  I loved it so much that I had to find a way to make it that didn't empty my wallet.  Thank goodness for the Dollar Tree Store, they carry this glass vase that was perfect for this project costing me only a dollar plus supplies I already had at home. 

Here's what the final vase looks like:

First get all your supplies ready: A black or dark brown sharpie, a glass vase from the Dollar Tree Store or 99C only store:

You can also use any left over jars like a coffee ( the one pictued below is from the large size coffee), spaghetti jar, jam jar, what ever you have around.  An easy way to remove the label is with GooGone.

First, peel off the plastic lable with your fingers, then, pour some Goo Gone on a cotton swab or napkin and rub on the label.  The glue residue will dissolve very quickly.  It won't give you any trouble at all.  You can find this product at Lowe's or Home Depot or you can order it online.  Try finding it on www.ebay.com  It is a very inexpensive adhesive remover and works on gum, glue or anything else that's sticky.  It's a little stinky but you'll be happy with the results.

You will also need a bird paper punch, Mod Podge, a sponge, and black paper.  This paper punch is a Martha Stewart brand:

Take your sharpie and draw lines that look like twigs:

If you make a mistake, don't worry, you can erase with acetone:
Next, punch out your birds:
Take your Mod Podge and glue the birds on the ends of the twigs you drew.  And there you have it, a cute Halloween Vase.  I painted some twigs with black glossy spray paint.
You can also place a black candle inside or some of those bloody fingers:

Or, take one of those plastic battery operated candles and place inside: 

Happy Decorating, Craft On!

I'm sharing these at the following linky parties:


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  1. These are so adorable! I need to try these with my daughter. I love the little ravens/crows. Thanks for sharing this great idea!
    Following along on Take-a-Look Tuesday.

  2. Hi Maria,
    Oh my gosh--that is TOO cute!!! I hope you'll post it for the Creative SPirit Challenge--I bet everyone would love it!!
    You are all ready for Halloween...how perfect and the tutorial is awesome!

  3. I love it! What a great display. Thanks for the step by step instructions as well. Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year, and I can never have too much Halloween in the downtown condo!


  4. This is really cute! I need to look for one of those punches!

  5. Well, I'm not a big fan of haloween but that vase's decoration (the birds) are a really good idea for all year! Thank you!

  6. those are the cutest vases!! very clever to think about making one yourself and for such a reasonable price. Never heard of goo-gone but going to look for it so I can remove some labels. it is neat to have the cool weather for a bit, isn't it?


  7. LA......I want to live in that area :)
    That decorative bottle is fantastic, I would have never of thought of that. I love it...it is great, keep up the wonderful tutorials :)
    Have a great week.

  8. You are so talented - do I keep daying that - you impress me!

    I thought is never rained in Southern California - yet when I was out there last January it poured and poured too - mud slides. lol

    Well enjoy your weather.


  9. Really fabulous idea! And so cheap, you can just take it off if you wanted to reuse the vase! Love it!! Visiting from Sugar Bee link up.

  10. Thanks for linking up to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Craft Edition - I featured you today! - - Mandy, www.craftedition.blogspot.com

  11. What a great idea. You make it look so simple that i'm going to have a go myself.
    Thanks for sharing.


  12. I love it! They really turned out pretty.

  13. I saw these yesterday and didn't get a chance to comment. I love it and how creative thanks for the tutorial. I want to try it. I love the birds on the twigs.
    BTW thanks for coming by Monday and thanks for your prayers concering what I was dealing with. The Praise is the issue is resolved and everything worked out the way I had hoped. It was really something that was a huge burden. I'll be writing about it over at My Journey Back soon. Thanks for the prayers.
    Have a great Thursday. Can't wait to see your next project. Craft on.

  14. I love it when it rains...although here in Texas the storms are a bit scary..amazing thunder and lighting...nothing like rain in Calif..always a drizzle that I can remember. ( I grew up in So. Cal) Any way....I love this idea!! So fabulous! Thank you for sharing it today on Centerpiece Wed!


  15. VERY cute, Maria! Wow! Rats...I wish I had seen this sooner. Martha Stewart offered 50% off her crafting products until close of business today at Michael's. Such a cute idea! Oh...and Goo Gone rocks! I have the spray bottles of it on every floor of the house so I can get to it in a hurry when needed. Excellent invention!

  16. Very cute! I thinking about making a fall themed one with leaves! Had to follow.

  17. Wow! That is a really nice and creepy idea. An easy.


  18. That's really an awesome idea. Too ez to perform.

    TY for sharing.

    Happy Thursday.

  19. That is a great arrangement, Thank you for the instructions. I also love the rain. It was wonderful for a few days, maybe they are lying to us, and it won't get hot again.

  20. VERY cool!! Will be making this! Thanks for the inspiration!
    You should come link this up to my Making It With Allie link party!

  21. Hi Maria! I love these! You come up with such creative things that I would NEVER think of! I totally agree with what you said about comments being like getting an email or even snail mail...just makes you all warm and fuzzy inside! :-)
    I'd love to have you join the party this week!

  22. These are just the coolest thing......how creative....thank you for sharing....love the dollar store too....

  23. Love your idea! To lessen supply list, I am going to use bird stickers instead. Thanks again. This will be added to my Halloween collection. Karen



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