Sunday, August 21, 2016

Patriotic Milk Bottle Vases

Before Labor Day arrives, I wanted to share with you a cute craft that I put together, and kept on our wall all Summer long.

Here are the supplies needed:
  • 3 small milk bottles (I got mine at Target)
  • 3 wood stars in red, white and blue (again, Target had these, but you could paint plain wood stars with inexpensive craft paints)
  • wood plank (I used a scrap of pallet wood that was long enough for the stars to fit on)
  • 3 adjustable repair clamps (found at Home Depot, in the plumbing department)
  • philips head screws
  • manual slot head screwdriver
  • drill with small drill bit, and philips head bit
  • black paper or vinyl circles, and white chalk or chalk pen
  • thin twine
  • flowers, faux or real
First, lay the stars down on your work surface, and put the plank on top. Adjust the stars evenly across the board.
Use 3 screws that will go through your plank and into about half the thickness of the star.
Working from the back, screw through the plank (using the drill with philips head bit) into each star near the top, being careful not to go all the way through the star. 

Flip the plank with the attached stars over.
Position the clamps toward the bottom of the stars; using 3/4-inch screws go through the back of the clamp into the star. You might have to use a drill bit to make a hole into the metal clamp first.

Next, position the milk bottles in the clamps and use a manual slot head screwdriver to tighten the clamp by hand, around the neck of the bottle.  Don't over-tighten, in fact, leave it a tiny bit loose.

For hanging the board, I used 2 saw-tooth hangers attached to the back. You could also use 2 D-ring style hangers. 
Now, tie a length of twine around the neck of each bottle, and tie around the lid to the other end. 
Add a black circle to the front of each milk bottle, and write USA to show off your patriotism!   
Add flowers, fresh or faux, and hang up where you can enjoy seeing it!

I made this in May, and it stayed up all summer long for Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, and it will be on the wall for Labor Day, too! 

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