Glass Float Inspired Vase

I've been working on decorating what I like to call our "vaguely coastal themed" guest bedroom and bathroom.  I've painted some of the furniture with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and I am obsessed. You'll see that in an upcoming post.  But for now, I'm going to show you an idea that turned out just as I'd hoped it would! 

I have a few large vases that I want to repurpose.  The one I used for this project is about 30 inches tall and has been in our bedroom, but doesn't really work there anymore.  Because of the bluish color of the vase, I had a vision of covering it in a net similar to the old Japanese glass floats.  After researching how to tie nets for glass floats I discovered this tutorial. 

I chose a sisal rope, which isn't technically correct, but I wanted it to have a loose, weathered look.  I started with a ring, which I made by fusing the ends with clear tape. :)

The next step was to connect my ropes to the ring.  It was EXACTLY the same as making a tied tutu, which I've done many times! I added eight at about 8 ft. each, so each end was about 4 ft. long.

I had to stare at the picture of the knot for awhile to figure out how to tie it, but I'm happy to say that I have mastered whatever knot that is! :)  I could do it all day, but I have no idea where else I'll use it.  This rope was tough to work with because it didn't tighten very easily, but I liked the look.

Here is the finished product!

I finished the top by adding a second ring there and tying the last knots to the ring.  There were dangly ends so I just tucked them under the knots.

I love that it looks exactly how I pictured it!  That doesn't happen with all of my craft projects. ;)


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