Is it Thursday already?!? Shoot … I had so much more that I had planned for this week. You could say we had a bit of a rough weekend, and are all still trying to kick our colds (2 of the 5 of us have already done so). I won’t go into the details of our weekend here, but you can read more about it in our recent newsletter HERE. Not subscribed to the newsletter … what?!?. You can do that HERE (or right over on that sidebar to the right). Or … you can just follow the craziness over on Instagram.
But … the reason you probably stopped by today, the Red, White, and Blue par-tay! I am sharing a fun project today … (Spoiler alert: it’s my Patriotic Rope Wrapped Can Vases), but then nearly 100 of my other favorite bloggers are sharing their awesome Red, White, and Blue ideas today, too! Check it out:
Everything you need to be the festive 4th of July hostess, right?!? I guess Red, White, and Blue works for Labor Day parties, or really … BBQ’s all summer long!
Like I mentioned … I have a simple, upcycled Patriotic project to share today. It involves old cans, rope, and dye. With a little hot glue, too, you can make these fun, festive, and flag-like vases for your table decor:
You’d never know they were black beans, tomatoes, and kidney beans just last week, would ya?!?
If you can wrap rope around a can … you can make these vases … I promise. Here’s how:
- Empty and cleaned aluminum cans (15oz cans work perfect with the length of rope)
- 3 packages of white rope (I got mine at Michael’s):
- Rit Dye in Scarlett
- Rit Dye in Royal Blue
- Hot Glue Gun
- Old Towel / Rag (one that you don’t mind getting stained … because it will!)
- 2 Bowls for mixing up dye.
- Tape for marking rope (I just used some extra painter’s tape I had on hand)
- Tape measure
Let’s start with the more complicated (still pretty simple, though) cans … the red striped ones. I’ll first summarize, and then show you the steps in pictures:
- In a bowl, prepare your Scarlett Dye according to the instructions and set a side.
- Here’s where you’ll need to do a bit of measuring and marking on your rope before you start dying: Each package of the rope I purchased was 10 yards long, and this length was about perfect to wrap around one can exactly. Knowing this, I simply divided the rope into 7 sections of equal length (I wanted three red stripes, four white stripes … thus 7 … see those math skills in action?!?!). I marked each of the sections with tape. Since you’ll need two lengths of rope for the two striped cans, you can measure and mark these rope together at one time. In the picture below, you’ll see I marked my section with tape around both packages of rope.
- I left the first section of rope white, and the next section (between the first and second tape marks) was to be red. I just dunked the whole section into the bowl of dye.
- I did this same thing with sections 4 and 6 … submerged the rope between the tape into the dye.
- I left the rope in the dye for about 5 minutes, then carefully pulled it out (trying not to drip red dye not the sections of rope that I wanted to stay white), and laid them on my old towel to dry overnight.
- Once dry, I simply grabbed my glue gun and started wrapping! I started at the top (which is a white section of rope) and glued the end in place. From there, I just wrapped the rope around the can towards the bottom. As you go down, your dyed sections will for the red stripes. I glued the rope in place every couple inches (you know … just in case a kid needed my immediate attention and I had to abandon wrapping … I didn’t want to start all over). Once I got to the end, I cut any extra rope off, and secured the end down with a bit more glue.
That’s it! As simple as that. After you dye your rope, you simply just wrap it around the can and watch the stripes appear! Do this to two of the three cans.
Next up … the blue can. And this really couldn’t be much easier (although the steps seem to be in the opposite order as the striped one above):
- Using your glue gun, secure WHITE rope to can. Apply a drop to the end of the rope at the top of the can where you start wrapping, a couple drops here and there as you go, and one at the end to secure the rope at the bottom. Cut any extra rope off.
- In a taller bowl (or utensil crock, in my case), prepare the Royal Blue dye mixture as directed on box.
- Here’s the simple (and fun) part: Dunk Your Can … the whole thing, into the dye. I was experimenting with doing an Ombre look, but wasn’t overly successful. You could totally just dip the whole can … top to bottom … into the Royal Blue dye for a couple minutes instead of leaving a little white at the top like I did.
Let dry, and you’ve done!
And flowers and display …
It would also be fun to use these cans as Patriotic Utensil Holders for a Fourth of July BBQ!
And … as I mentioned, there are nearly 100 MORE Patriotic Projects for you to browse through today from my fellow bloggy friends. How awesome is that?!? And good things you’ve got several weeks before the 4th to give a couple of these a try!!
Take a peak …
Looking for even more ideas? Check out our Red, White, and Blue Pinterest Board for even more Patriotic projects and recipes! Follow The Cards We Drew’s board Three Cheers for the Red White and Blue ULTIMATE Round Up of Patriotic Ideas from Top Bloggers! on Pinterest.