Fabric softener is on one of those things I just can’t manage without. This is driven by envy, of course, because I was worn down by children always going crazy over the softness and smell of anything washed by Grandma. I might not ever be able to make my mom’s creamed potatoes just the way they like them, but darn it, my laundry can smell as a good as hers. So that leaves me with lots of fabric softener bottles to recycle each month. Recently, when I was challenged to come up with some really unique flower vases kids could decorate for a Mother’s Day tea, I knew I had the answer right there in my recycling bin.
Here’s why fabric softener vases make the perfect Mother’s Day vases.
It’s an inexpensive and green craft. The fabric softener bottles are the perfect size for a centerpiece vase, and they come in pretty pastel colors with interesting designer shapes. Since only the labels have to be covered up, it’s an easy and fast Mother’s Day craft, too.
Materials for making a Mother’s Day vase from repurposed fabric softener bottle:
One fabric softer bottle per craft
Tissue paper in pastel colors*
*Don’t buy tissue paper if you don’t want to. Reused tissue paper works well because you don’t need a lot, anyway, and crinkled actually looks better. Keep the craft green and cheap by recycling tissue paper from gift bags.
Steps for making a Mother’s Day vase from repurposed fabric softener bottle:
Wash, rinse, and allow the fabric softener bottle to completely dry, spending time upside-down and right side up. Usually, some of the fabric softener scent will remain.
Kids should tear tissue paper into smaller pieces, larger for the bottom layer and smaller for the accent pieces on further layers.
Now comes the fun part. With a paintbrush, the area on the bottle that has writing should be covered with a thin layer of glue. Place larger pieces in an overlapping puzzle style over the glue. Now, make dots of glue on the first layer and add pieces of accent color.
Lastly, mix a little tiny bit of water with glue and work it from the middle to the outside edges. This creates a layer of protection to hold the tissue paper on and also helps create a stained glass look.
Every Mother’s Day craft vase is sure to look unique, but by Mother’s Day, it could get a little confusing. Have kids write their names on the bottom of the vases with a Sharpie marker. Now your Mother’s Day vase is ready for fresh or handmade flowers.
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Make a photo frame from a baby food container
Homemade magnetic photo frames
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